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Resources and Support for Navigating Grief and Loss

Related to my recent blog post, I wanted to share some resources that I and other friends who have lost loved ones have found helpful during the dynamic and evolving process of grief:

  • I found comfort and support in The Dinner Party‘s grief group for parent loss as well as other online resources (TDP is a community of 21-45 year olds who have each experienced the loss of a parent, partner, child, sibling, other close family member, or close friend). @TheDinnerParty
  • Megan Devine’s book, “It’s OK That You’re Not OK” (@RefugeInGrief)
  • Shelby Forsythia’s book “Your Grief, Your Way: A Year of Practical Guidance and Comfort After Loss”
  • “Snapshots of Life After Loss” is a beautiful book of short interviews and reflections with grievers of all ages, circumstances, and backgrounds. A shout-out to the work of @LunaPeakFoundation @SnapshotsofLifeAfterLoss generally.
  • In Los Angeles, Our House Grief Support Center is a wonderful organization providing grief support groups and services to people in LA County. They also have excellent, free resources on the website.
  • Anderson Cooper’s podcast series, “All There Is” – an exploration of loss and grief, reflecting on the deaths of his brother and mother, and having illuminating conversations with others (Stephen Colbert, Molly Shannon, etc.) about their grieving processes and reflections.
  • Age-appropriate books for talking with young children about grief:
    • “The Rabbit Listened” by Corri Doerrfield
    • “Ida, Always” by Caron Levis
    • “The Goodbye Book” by Todd Parr
    • “Something Very Sad Happened: a Toddler’s Guide to Understanding Death” by Bonnie Zucker
    • “I Miss You: A First Look at Death” by Pat Thomas
    • “The Dead Bird” by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Other IG accounts which may be of support at various times in your unique grieving process: @TheGriefCase , , @IAmDavidKessler , @GriefYoga , @LoveNotestoGrievers
  • From my friend Talia: We are a grief-illiterate society but also terrible at addressing mortality in general. She finds comfort in following @GoingwithGrace on IG (real name: Alua Arthur) “who balances directly confronting death every day with finding extreme joy in being alive.”
  • From my friend Laura: following @ClaireBidwellSmith on IG (a grief therapist and author), and Gina Moffa’s book, “Moving On Doesn’t Mean Letting Go: A Modern Guide to Navigating Loss.”

If blog readers have other resources to offer which have been helpful to you and your grieving process, please send me a note so I can add them to this list (with your permission).

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