Grief and Healing

Depressed woman sitting on the ground.Grief Recovery Methods

  • Recognize that you need to grieve.
  • Don’t be afraid to be emotional.
  • Be patient with yourself. Grieving takes time.
  • Find a compassionate listener for when you need to talk.
  • Lean on old relationships and look to build new ones.
  • Live in the moment and one day at a time.
  • Postpone major decision making until you feel you are ready to handle them.
  • Focus on family, job and friends.
  • Join a support group such as Journey Through Loss.
  • Take care of yourself by exercising, eating properly and resting.
  • Learn about dealing with grief through books, videos and websites.
  • Realize it’s okay to be angry, sad, have regrets and a wide range of other emotions.

Books on the Grieving Process


  • Being a Widow by Lynne Caine
  • Finding your Way After Your Spouse Dies by Marta Felber
  • I Can’t Stop Crying by Martin & Ferris
  • Surviving the Death of your Spouse by Deborah Levinson
  • Widower: When Men are Left Alone by Campbell & Silverman


  • A Broken Heart Still Beats by Anne McCraken
  • After the Death of a Child byAnn Finkbeiner
  • The Bereaved Parent by Harriet Sarnoff Schiff
  • Beyond Endurance by Ronald Knapp
  • Empty Cradle, Broken Heart by Deborah Davis


  • 150 Facts about Grieving Children by Erin Linn
  • After Charlotte’s Mom Died by Cornelia Spelman
  • Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscagli
  • Henry and Harriet by Henriette MacArthur
  • Learning to Say Goodbye: When a Parent Dies by Eda LeShan

Bereaved Children Interactive/Activity Books

  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Kids by Alan Wolfelt
  • Help Me Say Goodbye by Janis Silverma
  • My Grieving Journey Book by Donna Shavatt
  • When Someone Very Special Dies by Marge Heegard

Bereaved Teens

  • Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers: How to Cope with Losing Someone You Love by Earl Grollman
  • Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement by Karen Gravelle
  • All Rivers Flow to the Sea by Alison McGhee

Bereaved Teens Interactive/Workbooks

  • Death & Dying Peacock by Antoinett Carol
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens by Alan Wolfelt
  • A Teen’s Simple Guide to Grief by Alexis Cunningham

Grief Websites

Afterloss (Grief Recovery Program) –

Bereaved Families of Ontario –

Hospice of London –

Daya Counselling Centre –

Wellspring –

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