Connecting with others can be vital in the healing process for some people during grieving. It may be helpful to see others who are feeling the same things, and so know that you are not alone, bad, or strange.
Personal or family counseling with a professional counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist, or trusted spiritual leader can also be a good choice.
Many find a little hope and peace to see and speak with those who are a bit further along in their grief journey; to know that the emotional rawness does not last forever (though there will always be emotional tenderness).
Some suggestions include joining, even if only temporarily, grief groups through your local hospital, church, online, or special non-profit organization.
You might find some solace attending special events, hosted usually by grief groups, such as bereavement memorial services (there are many especially around Christmas) in which personalized ornaments or candles are gifted to the bereaved, or balloons or butterflies representing loved ones, are released at a park.
Below, I have highlighted a few specific ways to help connect with others.
The Resources tab on the main menu of this blog, will show you a short list of recommended books and other items I hope you find helpful, available for purchase from Amazon.com. I have always been an avid reader, and took full advantage of my TCF chapter’s tiny library in my search for meaning, encouragement, and solace after Elizabeth’s death in 2003.
A list of common ways to remember loved ones on special or everyday occasions can be found here: (Coming soon)
“No Longer Invisible” Book Project
In light of October being infant loss awareness month, and the 10th anniversary of our first baby’s birth and death, I am reopening an old book project of mine. “No Longer Invisible” is a serious book I need your help on. If you have lost a baby and would like to share your story, please let me know. I don’t know if this book will ever be printed, but it will likely appear here, on this blog, so if you are concerned about names, again please let me know.
The goal of this book is to let those who have experienced this type of loss know they are not alone, and to help with the grieving and healing process. By sharing these stories, I hope to help make our lost babies and sufferings no longer invisible.
An international organization that seeks to help grieving parents, grandparents, and siblings in an open, peer-to-peer, non-judgemental format.
Personally, I have a lot to say for this organization and the beautiful people who voluntarily commit to helping others in such a time of crises as the death of a child. I have received much benefit from TCF and although I have not attended a meeting in years, I remain good friends with several wonderful people I met through this group.