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By Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.

Grief: General

These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.

The Journey Through Grief

The Mourner's Bill of Rights

Helping Yourself with Grief

Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.

Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When a Parent Dies

Helping Yourself When a Baby Dies

Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season

Helping Dispel 5 Common Myths About Grief

Helping Yourself Live When You Are Seriously Ill

Helping Yourself Live When You Are Dying

Exploring the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief

Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 1

Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 2

Healing Your Grieving Body: Physical Practices for Mourners

The Spiritual Path to Healing: An Introduction

The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 1

The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 2

The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 3

The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 4

Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning

Helping Others with Grief

A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:

Helping a Friend in Grief

Helping a Man Who is Grieving

Helping a Friend Who is Dying

Helping a Friend Who is Seriously Ill

Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal

Helping a Homicide Survivor Heal

Helping a Grandparent Who Is Grieving

Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace

Helping AIDS Survivors Heal

Helping SIDS Survivors Heal

Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying

Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill

Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies

Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You

For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.

Helping Children Cope with Grief

Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief

Helping Infants and Toddlers When Someone They Love Dies

Helping Children with Funerals

Helping Children Understand Cremation

Helping a Child Who is Seriously Ill

Helping a Child Who is Dying

Helping Grieving Children at School

Helping Bereaved Siblings Heal

Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics

The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.

Helping Your Family Personalize the Funeral

Helping Create a Meaningful Eulogy

Ten Freedoms for Creating a Meaningful Funeral

Why is the Funeral Ritual Important?

For Funeral Directors

Effectively meeting the grief needs of customers in an increasingly impersonal world takes special effort on the part of professionals in the grief industry. The following articles are designed to help funeral directors gauge their own effectiveness and meet the challenges of serving customer needs.

It's the Experience That Counts: Funeral Home Customer Service for Today's Families

And We Wonder Why People Question the Need for Funerals...

Creating Excellence in Customer Service

The Dirty Dozen of Customer Service

E-Serving Families: How Your Website Should Help Your Customers

Listening to (and Satisfying) the Never-Satisfied Customer

For Hospices and Other Caregivers

Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.

Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction

Tenet 1: Companioning Principle

Tenet 2: Companioning Principle

The Awesome Power of "Telling The Story": Why I'm Proud to be a Grief Counselor

Caregiver as Gardener: A Parable

Companioning vs. Treating: Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving

Growing Through Grief: The Role of Support Groups

Responding to Problems in the Support Group Setting

The Bereavement Caregiver's Self-Care Guidelines

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