Grief Resources

Websites and Blogs

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. The Dougy Center has several support groups in Illinois.

Grief Share – Find support groups or events near you. You can also sign up for “A Season of Grief” daily affirmations via email.

Hospice of the Valley – Offers various articles on grief and loss as well as grief resources for teens

What’s Your Grief? – A website made by a counselor and social work with lots of information and grief resources

Open to Hope – A non-profit which offers resources for many various types of loss and grief. – Online bereavement forums for all different types of loss.

Return to Zero: HOPE – Retreats, resources and information for those dealing with pregnancy and infancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends – Offers support to families after the loss of a child. Has over 600 Chapters across the U.S., including one in Brookfield.

MISS Foundation – Mothers in Sympathy and Support offers counseling, advocacy and education for families experiencing the death of a child.

Grief Healing Blog – Useful information on care-giving, grief and transition for anyone coping with loss.

Grief in Common – An online community designed to connect individuals who are grieving for messaging and opportunities to meet in person.

The Grief Help Blog – Articles by various professionals to help you cope with bereavement and loss.


Turning Toward the Sun: 7 Ways My Mom Inspires Me to Live Without Her by Denesha Chambers

Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome. by Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner

Widow to Widow: Thoughtful, Practical Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg

Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W. James and Russell Friedman

Talking with Children About Loss by Maria Trozzi

It’s OK That You’re Not OK by Megan Devine

Life After Loss: A Practical Guide to Renewing Your Life After Experiencing Major Loss by Bob Deits, M. Th.

Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo

Living with Grief After Sudden Loss by Hospice Foundation of America. Edited by Kenneth J. Doka, Ph.D.

Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving by Julia Samuels

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia, Ph.D.

Workshops, Courses and Interactive Resources

Refuge in Grief – A 30 day writing course with prompts each day to explore different aspects of your grief.

Begin Within Counseling Services – Addie provides Grief Workshops as well as offers one-on-one sessions.

Hearts & the Arts – An annual summer program for children who may benefit from a music therapy bereavement group. This group promotes self-expression through movement, singing and drawing to help cope with grief.


Grief Support for Those Who Like to Listen: What’s Your Grief Podcast

Good Grief with Cheryl Jones – Explores losses that define our lives by talking with people who have transformed themselves through the profound act of grieving.

Dealing With My Grief – A blog and podcast started by Darwyn Dave as a way to discuss how he has been coping with grief and bereavement since his father died in 1978.

NPR – Stories about grief.

Ted Talks about Grief

What Really Matters at the End of Life by BJ Miller

The Journey Through Loss and Grief by Jason B. Rosenthal

When Someone You Love Dies, There is No Such Thing as Moving On by Kelly Lynn

Grief, it’s Complicated…10% of the Time by Dr. Susan Delaney

Good Grief! What I Learned From Loss by Elaine Mansfield

How Loss Helped One Artist Find Beauty in Imperfection by Alyssa Monks

Grief Journals

2Grieve 2Gether by Denise Hall Brown

Forever in My Heart by Tanya Carroll Richardson

The Understanding Your Grief Journal by Alan D. Wolfelt