Ideas from the Valley
Todd Nigro’s personal thoughts on grief and loss as he walked through the valley of grief after losing his six-year-old Ellie. Other topics include poems of comfort, recommended support groups, and journaling.
Stories from the Valley
We have collected seven inspirational stories to provide hope and encouragement for those that follow through the valley of grief. For some it is helpful to learn how others have coped with tragedy. If you are wondering “now what do I do?”, read this booklet for some great ideas.
Grief Ministries and Support
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
“A Season of Grief” Daily Emails
Sign up for a year’s worth of encouragement and reminders of the recovery process. Very highly recommended!
Find a GriefShare Group Meeting Near You
If you don’t do anything else, find a group and join others who have been down a similar path.
Whether your family has had a child die (at any age from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.
Hope for the Heart: Grief Recovery
Discussion of grief from a Biblical perspective. Includes ideas such as healthy grieving, letting go, accepting your present and future, saying goodbye, and finding comfort. Hope For The Heart is a worldwide ministry with a two-fold mission: Providing Bible-based counsel to renew minds, heal hearts, and bring hope to the hurting, while empowering Christians to disciple others.
The Center for Complicated Grief
Have you lost someone you love? Does the pain feel almost as strong today as it did in the beginning? You may be suffering from complicated grief. The Center for Complicated Grief seeks to improve the lives of people with complicated grief through a comprehensive program of outreach, education, training, and research.
Alliance of Hope
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.
The Dougy Center
The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.
Grieving Dads Project
This project is designed to reach out to all bereaved dads and to provide a conduit to share their stories. One of my goals is to bring awareness to the impacts that child loss has on fathers and to let society know that it’s okay for a father to grieve the loss of a child. A father shouldn’t have to hide his pain or feel ashamed to show his emotions.
Open to Hope Foundation
Helping people find hope after loss by providing a content-rich, online forum with information and support so that people who experience loss can learn to cope with their pain, heal their grief, and invest in their future.
Bereaved Parents of the USA
Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA) is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to the newly bereaved be they bereaved parents grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.
Navigating Grief recognizes that there are universal patterns in grief but our loss is very individual. We are here to provide you the tools to travel your own path at your own pace as you manage the change in your life since your loss. You can move through the pain of grief to a place that honors your memories, restores your energy and gives you hope again.
National Alliance for Grieving Children
The death of a significant loved one is a lifelong loss for a child, but it does not have to “derail” his or her future. It is normal for a child to miss the deceased and for feelings of grief to come and go with different levels of intensity for some time after the death.
The TEARS Foundation
The TEARS Foundation compassionately assists newly bereaved families who have lost an infant by providing financial support for funeral expenses and emotional support services. We believe that every babies life deserves to be honored and memorialized according to the grieving parents wishes and are committed to helping families with this experience. We also believe that every grieving parent deserves ongoing bereavement care.
Infants Remembered in Silence (IRIS)
IRIS is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering support, education and resources concerning the death of a child in early pregnancy or from stillbirth, premature birth, neo-natal death, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), illness, accidents, and all other types of infant & early childhood death.
Navigating Grief: A Guidebook for Grief Awareness & Understanding
Grief is normal and healthy, and grieving people should honor these feelings of loss. They need loved ones to listen to them when they want to talk about their loss and to hold them when they feel overcome by emotions. Most importantly, the bereaved need patience from others. Although grief has stages, it does not have a specific timeline. Learn more about grief, including the different types of grief and how grief counselors can help, with this guide.
Discovery Series is part of the RBC Ministries family of resources. Offering Bible-based teachings from the study of Scripture to topics on everyday life, this collection of writings is designed to promote spiritual growth and enrichment in your walk with Christ. Click on the links below to access PDF versions of the booklets. If you enjoy these free resources, please consider a donation to help them reach others through their work.
Life After Loss by Tim Jackson
“Grief is a journey that sooner or later we all must take,” writes counselor Tim Jackson. He walks with us through the grieving process and reminds us to “lean on our Creator and each other” for comfort.
When Hope is Lost: Dealing with Depression by Jeff Olson
Discover how you can avoid being overwhelmed by the darkness of depression and experience the light of God’s hope for your future.
When Tears Remain: Loving God Through the Loss of a Child by Luke Veldt and Jeff Olson
Sooner or later, grief touches us all. In 2006 it pierced Luke and Jodi Veldt with the sudden death of their 13-year-old daughter. The loss shook his faith, yet drove Luke to the Scriptures for answers. This excerpt from Written in Tears and the material from counselor Jeff Olson share comfort and wisdom for grieving hearts from Psalm 103. The honest cries and biblical wisdom found within these pages will benefit anyone who has lost a loved one.
When Tragedy Strikes: Finding Security in a Vulnerable World by Tim Jackson
Find hope and a sense of security as counselor Tim Jackson shows you how to survive and even grow in the face of violence, disaster, and tragedy.
Out of the Ashes: God’s Presence in Job’s Pain by Bill Crowder
During hardship and trouble, tough questions often arise: Where is God? How do I respond to difficulties? Is God both good and all-powerful?
When You Don’t Know What to Say by Roy Clark
How do you comfort someone who is hurting? What can you say that will make a difference? Discover how you can reflect hope and encouragement through your presence and willingness to listen.
When You’re Left Behind: Surviving the Aftermath of Suicide by Tim Jackson
This booklet will help you get a better understanding of the turbulent emotions and agonizing questions that survivors face after a loved one’s suicide. Discover how you can move on in life with faith, hope, and love.
Still Standing Magazine
You can find a wealth of information here including topics such as: self-care, siblings grief, parenting after loss, pregnancy after loss, grandparent grief, and so much more.
On Coming Alive
Stories of rising from the ashes and coming alive.
Chelsea Hanson’s blog – Transcending Loss… Moving to a New Appreciation of Today. Chelsea’s heartfelt mission is to help you honor and remember the beautiful life of someone you care about — inspiring you to believe that love lives on.
Ron Tranmer’s Poetry
Ron’s website has over 400 poems in 31 categories, one being Child Bereavement. We lost a beautiful grandson several years ago, and I am familiar with the pain in losing a child. I welcome anyone to read, copy, and share any of my poems as long as they are not sold, and my name as author stays with them. Keep the faith…We will see them again.
What’s Your Grief?
The co-authors of this site are mental health professionals with 10+ years of experience in grief and bereavement. More importantly, though, we have both experienced the death of a parent and have dealt with life after that loss. Neither of us knew what resources were available to us at the time, and we fumbled through the darkness alone. Later we wondered why should anyone have to cope alone when so many of us have been through grief ourselves? For this reason we are committed to delve into anything and everything grief-related and to provide a place where people can come to support and be supported. Specifically, our mission is to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.
The Sweeter Side of Grief – finding God’s goodness amidst loss. Inspirational stories and positive transformations in life after loss.
After a Loved One Dies — How Children Grieve
This guide reviews how children grieve and how parents and other caring adults can help them understand death better. It offers suggestions for helping children cope. These suggestions are not meant to rush children through their grief or turn them into adults before their time. Rather, they will give them an understanding they can use now, as children, to grieve in a healthy and meaningful way.
New York Life Foundation – A Child in Grief
Articles and stories for parents, family members, and teens. Resources and guides to help children who are grieving.
This blog is aimed at professional and family caregivers who serve the needs of anyone anticipating or coping with significant loss, including animal lovers, the elderly, the seriously ill and dying, and those who are living with disabilities. Its purpose is to share any useful information about caregiving, loss, grief, and transition.
My Bright Shining Star
This blog is really for my long, horrible journey of trying to recover from my daughter Kaitlyn Elkins’ suicide.
Scoop It – Grief and Loss
In Memory of my deeply loved son, Graham Louis de Wit – Websites and blogs about grief and loss of a child.
Shelley Ramsey – Grief with Hope
Some very inspiring and touching writing about grief and loss.
A Parents Guide to Grieving a Child
The Funeral Services Guide was established with the specific aim of providing the bereaved with an all-encompassing, yet practical approach to arranging a funeral, while also coping with the difficult issues associated with bereavement.
Forums/Boards to Connect With Others
Hospice of the Valley Forum
Over 70,000+ posts and 6,000+ members ask questions, share stories, and connect in their grief. Hospice of the Valley provides compassionate end-of-life care. We support patients and families and relieve suffering in all realms – physical, emotional and spiritual.
Grief By Notes
A forum for people, anywhere in the world, no matter their circumstances, no matter who they’ve lost, no matter how they’ve lost them, to come together and know that they are NOT alone.
Grieving.com is a forum resource for people to connect with others and share stories of loss and healing. The forum has more than 47,000 members and 100,000 posts on many grief topics.
Grief Management Activities
Managing Grief through Journal Writing
12 ideas and suggestions for writing your way through grief. Most of these can be accomplished in 15 minutes or less.
Helping Bereaved Children: 20 Activities for Processing Grief
Message in a bottle, collaging, sending off balloons, and more. Lots of ideas that could be helpful for kids.
Information for Newly Bereaved Parents
GoodReads has many useful lists of different kinds of grief books, with synopsis, ratings, and reviews.