Although we all know that death is a part of everyone’s life, the sudden death of a loved one will still be an emotional and difficult experience. It’s important to understand that grief affects everyone differently. During the grieving process, you will likely experience several different emotional responses. Grief can affect both your psychological and physical well-being.
The length of time it takes to accept the unexpected death of a loved one will be different for everyone. As you begin to heal and move forward along your journey of grief, it is quite common to feel overwhelmed. Although no one can truly understand the pain you may be feeling, there are certain measures you can take to make the bereavement process easier. Here are some helpful tips for dealing with grief and the sudden death of a loved one.

Resources for Managing Grief

Write. Share. Always There. Online Grief Support:  When a loved one leaves us, the grief can be overwhelming. Sometimes, the sudden “aloneness” is too much to bear. The conversations throughout the day with a spouse, the phone calls or emails with a friend or child—never again. The silence is almost unendurable. You yearn to continue the conversation.

If you are coping with grief, you’ve come to the right place. Our online grief support site offers grief blogs, inspirational quotes, and interactive writing tools to help you manage your grief.

Grief is a complex, heavy, frustrating, scary, enormous…ahem, big topic. It starts with a death and envelopes everyone from family to friends, to friends of family and friends. Not only is grief an emotional, logistical, and existential nightmare, but it is taxing. It requires us to navigate the world without someone important, deal with complex feelings and emotions, and figure out ways to move forward when everything seems kind of bleak. Our mission is to promote grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.

Losing someone we love is one of the most difficult life events we’ll ever face. When the loss is someone you share a home with, it can feel even more traumatic. A house full of the possessions that once belonged to your loved one can feel overwhelming, but the idea of letting them go may feel impossible.

The hard truth is that while it’s a difficult process to declutter and organize your house after a loved one passes away, it’s an important step in moving forward. This guide will help you create a strategy for getting through the process as easily as possible.

Grief Apps

Grief Refuge is a daily companion to help navigate your grief journey. The app helps create safe and sacred space to explore grief related feelings, learn helpful ways to cope, and find peace and purpose after loss. Features include daily reflections, intention setting, stories from people who have found healing in their grief, and a tool for tracking ‘progress’. Grief Refuge is the source of solace and comfort for the lonely and isolating journey in grief.

Goodgrief is the social network for loss. Finally there’s a free network where grieving people can privately connect, chat, and support each other in finding a new normal…. Co-founders Kim and Robynne know first hand that grief is hard. All too often people are left to navigate the emotional roller coaster alone. Finding others who personally understand loss makes all the difference. Together, they’ve developed a platform to help connect those in need… Goodgrief is for people ages 18 and up. Goodgrief works by putting you in touch with others who lost their spouse, parent, sibling, child, relative, or friend due to a variety of causes. Create a private profile by answering questions related to your loss. Then, connect to other people through a one-on-one in-app texting service. Your private information is never seen publicly and chats are private and secure. Additional filters narrow your connections by age, gender, religion, time frame, and type and cause of loss. Start chatting today. If you or someone you know needs this app, join our community. You are not alone.

Drawing on Julia Samuel’s 30 years of experience as a leading grief therapist and based off her best-selling book of the same name, the Grief Works app was specifically designed to effectively address the full range of emotions surrounding grief. Just like having the guidance of a therapist, the app pairs Samuel’s advice with actionable practices and exercises, gently nudging users to record and examine their own thoughts and feelings. The app also offers more than 30 interactive tools users can turn to whenever they’re overwhelmed by their emotions, including breathing visualisation exercises, guided meditations, daily gratitude check-ins, prompted evening reflections, and more. Learn more here

Recommended Reading

Heather Stang, MA, C-IAYT, is the author of Mindfulness & Grief and the guided journal, From Grief To Peace. She is the founder of the Mindfulness & Grief Institute, where she facilitates Awaken, a mindfulness-based online grief group, offers individual sessions, and hosts the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast.