How to Find Grief Support 

Grief Support Groups, Counselor or Friend?

If you are having trouble coping with grief and loss, you may need some extra support. The best advice is to find someone with understanding and empathy to confide in and talk to. Someone who can really help you.

It might be a friend, neighbour, family member, doctor, minister or grief counselor. You might not need professional grief counseling if you are lucky enough to have a sympathetic friend or family member.

Click here to find out whether you need bereavement counseling. 

Be Careful of Spending Too Much Time on Grief Forums.

There are many forums for the bereaved these days, including specialised ones for different types of loss. These can be very useful, but again be careful. Don’t spend hours and hours reading other people’s tragedies. It can be too draining and depressing for you. Take comfort that you are not alone in your grief and then move on.

Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy

Most hospitals, medical centres, doctors or funeral directors will be able to put you in touch with a local grief counseling program. Or check your local directory or the Internet.

There are also excellent online grief counseling services now, which are convenient and totally confidential.  We recommend BetterHelp.com for their expert guidance.  

Don't be distressed if it doesn't help at first. You might not have found the right person for you. Don't be afraid to move on and find someone else if you are not feeling better after a few sessions.

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Grief Support Groups - Pros and Cons

Sometimes group sessions are helpful. But do move on if you don’t find them helpful. Some are excellent, others may not be for you. Group dynamics matter. Some work and some don’t.

Listening to other very sad people, can be confronting, and difficult. Even counselors have to debrief sometimes as they take on board so much tragedy. When you are fragile it can be even harder.

There is also a danger in attending these groups that it can turn into a competition over who is suffering the most. “At least you didn’t have to watch her suffer”,    “At least you got to say goodbye”.

Although it can be good to feel you are not alone, be careful with these groups. If you feel that it is making it worse and you are taking on too much of other people’s grief, then move on. Find a cheerful strong friend to talk to, and who can do more pleasurable activities with you. Read more about whether online grief support groups work here. 

The following online grief support groups are some of the best we have found because they are led by a professional, so you are less likely to fall into the pitfalls we mentioned above.  At present only available for USA time zones. 

Click here to learn more about Circles Grief Support Groups


Other Recommended Grief Support Groups: 

Internet support groups for grief and loss:

GriefNet

Teen Grief Forum

Circles 

Australia: Griefline

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Grief Support Groups - Face to Face 

The Hospice Foundation of America has a useful list of face to face support groups:

http://www.hospicefoundation.org/supportgroup

United Kingdom: 

Cruse Bereavement Care Support Groups

Australia: 

Listings of grief support groups and resources


For USA Residents: 

Please help our colleagues at Yeshiva University, USA by joining in their research study:

ARE YOU A CAREGIVER OR HAVE YOU RECENTLY LOST SOMEONE SIGNIFICANT?

#33769566.1  IRB Approved at the Study Level. 21 July 2022

We are seeking individuals who are caregiving for someone with a life-limiting illness and those who have experienced a significant loss to participate in a research study through Yeshiva University. The purpose of the study is to develop a questionnaire to identify those who may be in need of caregiver or grief support in order to ultimately improve family-centered care in hospitals and clinics.

For caregivers and bereaved individuals who would like to contribute to our understanding of caregiving and bereavement, this is a way to make a difference.

For USA Residents only.  Click here to learn more. 


Where to get help: 


Click here to learn more about Circles Grief Support Groups


Have You Considered One-on-One Online Grief Counseling? 

Get Private and Confidential Help in the Privacy of Your Own Home

The following information about online counseling is sponsored by 'Betterhelp' but all the opinions are our own. To be upfront, we do receive a commission when you sign up with 'Betterhelp', but we have total faith in their expertise and would never recommend something we didn't completely approve.  

Do you feel alone and sad with no support and no idea how to move forward?  It can be tough when you are stuck in grief to find the motivation to get the most out of your precious life. 

Online counseling can help by giving you that support so you don't feel so alone. You can have someone to talk to anytime you like, a kind and understanding person who will help you to find meaning in life again, to treasure the memories of your loved one without being overwhelmed and to enjoy your activities, family and friends again.


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Hypnosis for Grief - 10 Ways It Can Help You

Try a gentle hypnotherapy track to relax the mind. Learn how self-hypnosis can help you cope with grief at any time of the day or night.  

Read more about it here. 


Dealing with the practicalities: 

Related Pages on this Site: 

Books on Coping with Grief

Do I Need Bereavement Counseling? 

99 Ways to Spot a Great Grief Counselor


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