Each of us, regardless of our station in life, experience times of great sorrow and loss. Each of us deals with those losses in our own way. Some are easier to deal with than others, but each of these transitions change our lives in very definite ways. Some events that come to mind are:
- The death of a parent, child or spouse
- Diagnosis of a chronic or terminal illness
- A serious decline in the health of someone you love
- Moving, Death of a pet
- Having to give up a portion of your independence or a significant activity
These losses are a part of life. But, like all loss, these transitions can be painful and grief is a logical response to these transitions. They are interposed around the joyful moments in life and are a part of what it is to have a life well lived. Acceptance of and journeying through these moments and emotions can be difficult, but in the end, there is freedom and peace.
Good Grief is a resource center and safe place where all who have experienced the pain of death may come to work through loss and learn to manage grief.www.goodgriefcenter.com
Willowgreen is a leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality.www.willowgreen.com
Hospice of the East Bay
Bereavement Services Program
Hospice Foundation of America
Hospice workers help to ease the transition to death in cases of prolonged or terminal illness. They provide support and understanding for both the dying and those who care for them.
An information and self-help source for widow/ers, by widow/ers.
The Compassionate Friends
Providing Grief Support After the Death of a Child
The U.S. Government's website for veterans and veterans' benefits.
Military Funeral Honors
Information for families and funeral directors on the details and history of military funeral honors.
Social Security Information
The U.S. Government's website for Social Security information.