Grief and Loss Resources

There's a network of hope out there from across the global COVID-19 response. Listed below are links to many of those beneficial efforts to help find available support.  

  • Developmental Grief Responses
    (Eluna Network)
    While everyone grieves differently, there are some behaviors and emotions commonly expressed by children depending on their developmental level. Here is the breakdown of some of these behaviors by age. 
  • When a Public Figure Dies
    (Teenage Grief Sucks)
    It’s okay - and completely normal - to feel grief after a public figure dies. Here are some ways on how to cope and make sense of that grief.
  • College Student Grief During COVID-19
    (Heal Grief)
    Here are some things to help college students cope with grief during these challenging times.
  • Non-Verbal Ways to Honor a Loved One
    After a loved one dies, finding the right words to honor them can feel like an impossible task. Read about the unique ways to celebrate their life and legacy through non-verbal actions.
  • We All Have A Grief Secret
    (Whats Your Grief)
    Read about what it means to have a grief secret and the ways on how to share it with others to help them with their grief struggles.
  • 8 Simple Acts: How to Survive Early Grief
    (Refuge Grief)
    The first weeks and months after an out-of-order death are a world unto themselves. Here are 8 simple acts on how to survive these early days of grief.
  • How to Be with Sadness
    To let emotions flow, we need to feel safe enough to experience them. Learning what to expect when experiencing an emotion helps make the experience more manageable, less scary and even less painful.
  • Struggling with How a Loved One Died
    (What's Your Grief?)
    There are many reasons why the events surrounding a loved one’s death might evoke thoughts and emotions related to fear, panic, pain, shame, guilt. Here is some insight into these complex emotions.
  • What To Do If You're Feeling Overwhelmed By Loss Right Now
    (Mind Body Green)
    Dealing with loss—no matter what kind—is no easy feat. Here are some tips from a grief expert about how to face emotions of overwhelming loss.
  • Going Back to School After a Death: 9 Tips
    (What's Your Grief)
    Remember, kids just want to feel ‘normal’ and a death can make them feel very abnormal. There are certain things it will be helpful to do to support this transition.
  • The Grief Kids Are Feeling Right Now Is Valid
    In place of the push to get things back to “normal” as school begins again while the pandemic continues, we need to take the time to validate their emotions.
  • What To Do If You're Feeling Overwhelmed By Loss Right Now
    (Mind Body Green)
    Dealing with loss—no matter what kind, is no easy feat. Here are some tips to help you wade through the hard-hitting emotions.
  • 12 Sentences To Retire When Speaking With A Grieving Person
    After someone we know suffers a profound loss, our instinct is to help, to fix, to make all the hurt go away. Here are some phrases we may need to think twice about saying to someone who is grieving even though our intentions are nothing but good.
  • 10 Things I Needed to Hear at the Beginning of My Grief
    (Teenage Grief Sucks)
    While grief is different for everyone, there are some basic pieces of advice that tend to apply to most people. Here are 10 things that people need to hear at the beginning of their grief.
  • Seven Suggestions for Explaining Death to Children
    (Eluna Network)
    Read about these 7 suggestions on how to explain death to children.
  • The 64 Hardest Lessons That Grief Taught Me
    (What's Your Grief)
    Here are 64 lessons about grief and loss to keep in mind during the bereavement process.
  • 12 Unexpected Ways People Experience Grief
    (The Mighty)
    Here are 12 unexpected ways people experience grief and the feelings that can manifest during the grieving process.
  • 12 Unexpected Ways People Experience Grief
    (The Mighty)
    Here are 12 unexpected ways people experience grief and the feelings that can manifest during the grieving process.
  • 6 Types of Grief We Don't Talk About
    (The Mighty)
    Here are six types of grief we don’t talk about. Although they are all different from losing a loved one, they are all valid types of grief all the same.
  • Psychoeducation during the Covid 19 Pandemic- Episode 17: Processing Death and Grief During the Pandemic
    (LA USC Medical Center)
    Catch Dr. Keshishian’s latest podcast episode where she and Dr. Carin Van Zyl discuss dying with dignity, dealing with grief, and delivering bad news in the era of #COVID19.
  • Three Lessons on Loss and Grief
    (Psychology Today)
    Deaths of family, friends, and partners can be so devastating that your whole orientation in life feels lost, and the way your brain and body initially react to the trauma may confuse you. To help you grieve and heal after a loss, here are three things you should know.
  • Coping With Loss — One Step at a Time
    Be kind to yourself, and surround yourself with loved ones. Try these and other tips for enduring the grieving process.
  • Grieving life and loss
    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, psychologists will play a key role in helping people manage the many losses they’re mourning.
  • At a Loss
    (Psychology Today)
    Grief has always been a difficult emotion to grip, and the COVID crisis throws into bold relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. However, this insight suggests that people can summon inner strength and powers of reflection when acknowledging their grief.
  • David Sheff: Turning Grief into Active Compassion
    (Psychology Today)
    Alone together; Love, Grief and comfort in the time of COVID-19.
  • Benefits of crying: It's good for your mind and body
    Although it's often seen as a sign of weakness, crying can be just what the doctor ordered for sorting through muddied emotions and wading out anew.
  • Numbed Out: When Feelings Freeze Up After a Bereavement
    (Psychology Today)
    Here are three examples of what numb grief isn’t—and one important thing to remember about what it is.
  • Anxiety Can Be a Sign of Complicated Grief
    (The Mighty)
    Understanding and accepting the unique ways in which we grieve can be an important and necessary step toward healing. Here are some ways to think about complicated grief and the signs to look out for.
  • 3 Comforting Ways to Grieve the Loss of Family and Friends
    The deep sadness of grief can be one of the most gripping emotions we face as human beings. Given that grieving is an important part of healing and recovering after a loss, here are 3 ways to grieve during such times.
  • Scared Kids | How to Deal with Fear | Getting Over Fear
    (Child Mind Institute)
    When tragedy strikes, as parents and caregivers, you find yourself doubly challenged: to process your own feelings of grief and distress, and to help your children do the safe. Here are a few tips on how to help guide your children through this complex process of grief and fear.
  • What's the point of grief?
    (The Conversation)
    Grieving is an experience almost everyone will go through at some point in their life. Here is some insight into why we grieve and the purpose it serves.
  • Could you be grieving? | Healthy You
    Across the globe, people are grieving every kind of loss imaginable. Here are some ways on how acknowledging and letting yourself grieve can help you overcome loss of all kinds.
  • Grief and COVID-19: Mourning our bygone lives
    (American Psychological Association)
    The pandemic has led to a series of losses, from our sense of safety to our social connections to our financial security. Here is some advice from psychologists on how to heal through these trying times.
  • Hospice Foundation Of America - Facing Loss is Never Easy
    It is never easy to lose a loved one whether our loss has been awaited and expected or sudden and unexpected. The following are some suggestions to help support and ease the path ahead.
  • ANC Explorer: Arlington National Cemetery
    Virtual visitation of Arlington National Cemetery is available year-round through ANC Explorer - a web-based and mobile application that enables families, visitors and the public to locate gravesites and other points of interest throughout the cemetery. Use the app to view headstone photos, take a self-guided tour, and access general information.
  • Counseling Connoisseur: Death and Bereavement During COVID-19 - Counseling
    (American Counseling Association)
    Here are some thoughts and strategies on how to cope with a loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Life after COVID-19: Making Space for Growth
    (American Psychological Association)
     In this time of grief, the theory of post-traumatic growth suggests people can emerge from trauma even stronger. Here are some insights on how this growth can come about in our own lives.
  • The Child's Loss: Death, Grief, and Mourning
    For most children, death is a new experience. This guide addresses some of the key issues related to a child's complex set of reactions that often follow a traumatic event.
  • Childhood Grief: When to Seek Additional Help
    If your child has lost a loved one, you may wonder what symptoms of grief to expect and what might be cause for more concern. Here are some answers to think about depending on your child's age along with considering their typical behavior.
  • How to Help Young People With Grief and Loss During COVID-19
    (Psychology Today)
    Here are a few ways on how to help young people deal with grief and loss during the pandemic.
  • Depression vs. Grief
    (Hospice Foundation of America)
    In moments of deep sadness, you may wonder what the difference is between grief and depression. Read about these critical distinctions to understand the difference.
  • When an Animal Companion Dies
    (Hospice Foundation of America)
    Grief is not just about human relationships, but about animal attachments as well. Read about how losing an animal companion involves its own similar grief process and how to address the loss in a healthy manner.
  • Mixed Memories
    (Hospice Foundation of America)
    When your relationship with the person who has died was not always positive, grief can be additionally challenging. Here are some thoughts about how these conflicting feelings can affect how one grieves.
  • 10 Ways to Honor Your Deceased Dad on Father's Day
    (Very Well Health)
    Father's Day can prove challenging for anyone mourning the loss of his of her dad, even many years after he died. Here are 10 meaningful ways that you can honor your deceased father and keep his memory alive on Father's Day and other days of the year.
  • Helping Yourself or a Coworker with Grief in the Workplace
    (Dignity Memorial)
    Many of us spend the largest part of our day in the workplace. Understanding grief can help us provide a supportive atmosphere where individuals can express themselves and grief reactions can be handled sensitively. You may be reading this because you have suffered a loss and you wonder how it will affect your professional life. Or, someone you know at work is grieving a loved one's death and you would like to help. In either case, the workplace and its people can be a healing community.
  • The Impact of Virtual Grieving
    (Psychology Today)
    Grief is a lonely and isolating experience in and of itself. Here are nine tips to help you grieve the departed from afar during the new normal.
  • Helping Children Grieve
    (Psychology Today)
    There is no particular "right way" or wrong way to get through the grief process. However, there are some guiding principles that may make the process a bit more bearable for those who are struggling. Here are 10 tips for helping children and teens cope with loss.
  • Tell Two Jokes and Call me in the Morning: How Humor Helped my Family Grieve
    (What's Your Grief)
    How humor helped my family grieve.
  • The Lonely Losses of the Pandemic
    (Psychology Today)
    Everyone has suffered a loss of some sort during the epidemic. This article shares the importance of taking the time to honor our losses and share them with others.
  • Suddenly We Are All Grieving Together
    (Psychology Today)
    Here are ways to cope and find meaning during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 24 Surprising Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
    (The Mighty)
    We may think we know what anxiety looks like and what it sounds like, but what does anxiety feel like? Learn some of the ways anxiety not only affects your mind, but your body.
  • 5 Ways to Deal With Grief at Home
    (Yahoo News)
    Grief is the natural human response to loss. With a growing number of victims of COVID-19, mass hospitalizations, and increased unemployment, many of us are mourning at this unprecedented time. Here are five expert-recommended ways to deal with your grief at this time when you may not be able to travel and connect with loved ones.
  • It's OK to grieve the loss of rituals during COVID-19
    (The Chronicles of Evidence)
    When rituals are disrupted, it can cause disorientation. Find out ways to implement new rituals during this time.
  • Staying Mentally Healthy During Coronavirus
    (Give an Hour)
    Grief is personal and looks different for everyone. Learn the importance of taking care of you which includes finding ways to reduce stress, checking in with others who understand, reaching out for support, and giving yourself grace during this uncertain time.
  • The Grief Toolbox
    The Grief Toolbox’s goal is to be an all-encompassing place for grief tools: a singular area where a person can find all the resources they need to help them with that grief that neither time nor money can solve.
  • How the coronavirus has changed the way we grieve
    As the pandemic continues to keep us physically distant, we must embrace new ways of expressing grief, memorializing our loved ones, and finding meaningful ways to support each other during this difficult time.