Grief & Loss

While loss is a natural part of life, losing a parent, spouse, child, or loved one is surely one of the more difficult challenges we ever have to face. Everyone reacts differently to death and loss, and it's important to remember there is no such thing as a "normal timeline" for grief and healing. Shock, confusion, numbness, detachment, anger, guilt, fear or depression may occur, but social support and healthy self-care often tend to diminish the intensity of grief over time. Still, some people continue to struggle and can benefit from the support of a mental health professional to help them through the grieving process.

Articles & Resources

Coping with Disappointment and Loss - Sharon Grabner, LICSW

Coping With Grief and Loss

How to Help a Grieving Child

The Healing Center (Seattle)


Recommended Reading

Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman

How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese Rando, Ph.D.

The Long Goodbye: A Memoir by Meghan O'Rourke

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

The Grief Recovery Handbook