The death of someone we care about can be one of the most difficult experiences of life. Words seem inadequate to describe how painful the grief we feel can be. It is often much more challenging than we expect and than others seem to think.
There are local resources for you to reach out to.
The Alcove Center for Grieving
The Alcove provides peer support groups for children 3 to 18 and adult groups for their surviving parent, grandparent or guardian. The children participate in activities design to help discuss death and grief through, play, art, music and talking. Please see their website for a list of when meetings will be held. All bereavement groups are free of charge.
The Alcove, 376 Tilton Road, Northfield, NJ 08225 / 609-46-84-1133 / www.thealcove.org
The Gilda's Club South Jersey is a support group for anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer. All of their support and networking groups are facilitated by licensed, mental health professionals. They offer weekly support groups, the days and times vary. Participate in the program as often as you would like, at no charge.
Gilda's Club, 700 New Road, Linwood, NJ 08221 / 609-926-2699 / http://www.gildasclubsouthjersey.org
GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life. There are thousands of GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the US.
Grief Share, http://www.griefshare.org / 800-395-5755
A unique grief support group for Widow's & Widower's. The goal of H.O.P.E is to assist men/woman of all ages as they evolve through the natural stages of the grieving process from the loss of a spouse, partner or significant others. They host support groups staffed and guided by volunteers who have been widowed and are past graduates of the program. The meetings are weekly in four 10-week sessions throughout the year. Please see their website for list of group meetings
H.O.P.E, http://www.hopesnj.org / 1-888-920-2201 or 856-234-2200
The Compassionate Friends
Whether your family has had a child pass away (at any age, from any cause) or you are trying to help those who have gone through this life altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process. They meet locally the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 11E Dawes Ave., Somers Point, NJ 08244
The Compassionate Friends, http://tcfofnj.org / Terri 609-412-4907
If you do not yet feel ready to meet in person please use these articles to help you understand something about the grief and how we can help ourselves and others through the difficult process.
These articles were written by Dr Bill Webster, our Director of Grief Education, and are part of a comprehensive library available on our Grief Journey web portal. Dr Bill is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Grief Journey. He earned his doctorate at the University of Toronto in 1990, and has been awarded the prestigious Fellow in Thanatology by the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC).
Dr Bill`s knowledge of grief is not just in theory, but from a very difficult personal experience. In 1983, Bill`s young wife died suddenly of a heart attack, leaving him not only to cope with his loss, but also to raise his 2 sons, who were only 9 and 7 when their mother died. Dr Bill has become a recognised author, a renowned international speaker and seminar leader, and brings 30 years of experience in the field of grief support and counselling.
These articles will help you understand the grief you may be feeling and how you can cope when someone you care about dies.
10 Facts about Grief and Grieving
Coping with Loss
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Children and Grief
Loss from a Child’s Perspective
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