Grief is normal and natural after the loss of a loved one. Grief can't be ignored, repressed, or dismissed without lasting consequences. But there are a range of programs, tools and resources to help you cope and live with your loss.
What is Grief Recovery?
Grief recovery is simply the process of dealing with loss. Shock, confusion, depression, guilt, lack of appetite and sleep disorders are just some of the common expressions of grief. Fortunately, there are support groups, videos and books, and professional counselors that can help you through this painful process.
How Do I Find Grief Recovery Support?
For more information on available grief recovery support groups or programs in your area, contact your local Area Agency on Aging. The 11 Area Agencies on Aging in Kansas are committed to meeting the needs of older Kansans. Caregivers may turn to their local Area Agency on Aging for information and assistance on the most efficient ways of tapping into varied sources of support.
Below is a list of grief support resources to help you understand some of the options which are available. ADRC does not endorse or recommend any of these sites, but provides these links for your information only.
The Hospice Foundation of America is a not-for-profit organization that assists those who cope either personally or professionally with terminal illness, death and grief. Each year HFA produces the National Bereavement teleconference.
GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death and loss that includes 37 email support groups and two web sites. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of all kinds.
The Grief Recovery Institute offers certification, outreach and community education programs designed to help grievers deal with their loss and by offering practical tools to overcome loss and regain happiness.
GROWW is a nonprofit organization that has message boards, resource listings and secure chat rooms where peer groups teach that you have "permission to grieve."