The death of someone we care about can be one of the most difficult experiences of life. Words seem inadequate to describe how painful the grief we feel can be. It is often much more challenging than we expect and than others seem to think.
The following articles will help you understand some things about grief and how we can help ourselves and others through the difficult process. You may find additional grief support resources and sign up to receive a daily support message by email here.
These articles were written by Dr. Bill Webster, our Director of Grief Education, and are part of a comprehensive library available on our Grief Journey web portal. Dr. Bill is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Grief Journey. He earned his doctorate at the University of Toronto in 1990, and has been awarded the prestigious Fellow in Thanatology by the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC).
Dr. Bill's knowledge of grief is not just in theory, but from a very difficult personal experience. In 1983, Bill's young wife died suddenly of a heart attack, leaving him not only to cope with his loss, but also to raise his 2 sons, who were only 9 and 7 when their mother died. Dr. Bill has become a recognized author, a renowned international speaker and seminar leader, and brings 30 years of experience in the field of grief support and counselling.
These articles will help you understand the grief you may be feeling and how you can cope when someone you care about dies.
• 10 Facts about Grief and Grieving
• Understanding Bereavement
Coping with Loss
These articles will help you understand the dynamics of specific losses.
• The Loss of a Spouse
• The Loss of a Pet
Children and Grief
• Loss from a Child’s Perspective
• Helping Children Cope
Helping those who Grieve
• How to Help Someone Who is Grieving
• How to Help Handle Special Days and Holidays
Coping with Complicated Situations