Grief Support

Grief Support

The following are some tools available to assist you in your healing journey. Contact us to discuss other resources and find a personalized solution to support you on the road to recovery.

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365 Days of Healing

With our daily emails of comfort and hope, you will feel supported knowing we’re here to walk with you through your journey of grief.

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Just One of Many

Here’s one example of our 365 Days of Healing emails, designed to offer advice, tell stories, and otherwise help you heal.

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Grief & Healing Websites

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GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

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Web Healing

Web Healing offers grief discussion boards where you can talk with others who are grieving or browse recommended books on grief.

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The Compassionate Friends

Whether your family has had a child die (at any age, from any cause), or you are helping those who have gone through this life-altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the grieving process as a parent.

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With AARP you’ll find articles, discussions, and helpful information on dealing with end-of-life care, the challenges faced by caregivers, and how to deal with grief after a loss.

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Good Grief Radio

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De-Griefing with Lyn Prashant, Certified Grief Counselor

Listen to Joe Stinson and Lyn Prashant discuss "De-Griefing". Lyn will explain the somatic process of loss and how the body reacts to grief? Lyn and Joe will talk about the techniques to heal from grieving and the new-age ways to treat the body during grieving? They will also answer questions - What is the best part of our body to trust as a friend? How can one prepare for inevitable loss? What is the value of reaching for help? How is loss like mental illness that eventually effects the body?

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Communicating about Death

Join Joe Stinson as he talks with Linda Sedal, Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Services Coordinator about communicating with those that are dying and those that are grieving.

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Psychology of Grief

Join Joe as he and his guests Debra Adidas, RN Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Lucy Mills, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Hypnotherapist.take an in-depth look on grieving and how it relates within the psychological range of various kinds of mental illness. We explore the difference between normal and abnormal grief and the signs that define each. How do children see grief or separation? Who needs a counselor? What kinds of roles are there from friendship, family, to the workplace? How do they change? Can anyone be saved from grief?



Healthy Grief

At Colma Cremation & Funeral Services, we understand that loss is a difficult experience that profoundly affects your life, and we work to help you through this time. Our priority is your well-being, and we are committed to a philosophy we describe as “healthy grief.”

What is meant by ”healthy grief?”

  • It means understanding what happens when someone experience a loss.
  • It means being kind and forgiving to yourself.
  • It also means that we make then funeral arrangement process less overwhelming.
  • It means being a safe haven as you cope with your grief.
  • It means knowing grief is normal and healthy.

For some tips about remaining healthy through your grief, request a free copy of our pamphlet Healing Thoughts.

Grief Support

Our Healthy Grief support can help you when making funeral and cremation choices, providing...

  • An understanding of how physiological grief works and how it is affecting you.
  • Validation of your thoughts and feelings.
  • Coping skills to become less overwhelmed.
  • Knowledge of healthy coping skills designed for you.
  • A recognition of your need to care for yourself as well as your loved ones.
  • Time to better understand choices and cost of services, and make choices that are meaningful for you and your family.

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Reading Suggestion - ABCs of Healthy Grieving

by Ivan Smith

Nationally recognized grief educator Harold Ivan Smith brings over twenty-five years of professional experience in grief recovery to ABCs of Healthy Grieving.

Seventy-two brief suggestions for healthy grieving, each two-pages in length and titled starting with a letter of the alphabet followed by an "I Can" statement, encourage those suffering the loss of a loved one to grow through grief spiritually and emotionally.

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Reading Suggestion - Healthy Grieving: An Opportunity for Growth

by Patricia Kirtley et al.

Grief comes to us all, simply because we are human and have the ability to care. Regardless, of age, ethnicity, or cultural background, we must find our way when we suffer a loss.

This book presents five essays that highlight different aspects of the grieving process: the philosophical basis of coping with the death of a loved one, the five phases of grief as outlined by Kubler-Ross, a cathartic annual Hawaiian ceremony, the beliefs and practices of indigenous peoples, and a survey of several ethnic, religious, and national customs.

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Children & Grief

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, particularly as you work through your own grief. By being open and honest, encouraging communication, and sharing your own feelings, you and your children can cope with painful times and begin your healing journey together.

The following links provide more detailed information on topics related to helping children and teens cope with loss.

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When Families Grieve™

This guide was created by Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind Sesame Street. It explores children's understanding of death and offers information about communicating, ideas for coping together, and ways to move forward with your children after a loss.

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Helpful Children's Books

This list from Allina Health recommends children’s books that deal with death and grief. There are suggestions for children of all ages, from preschool to age 12. They also have books for different types of losses, such as the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or pet. With these books, you can start a meaningful conversation with your child and help them understand their feelings

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More Advice

Here you'll find a Huffington Post article by Judith Acosta containing advice and guidance from her book Verbal First Aid, which counsels parents on ways to help kids heal from fear and pain in a variety of situations, including the death of a loved one. If you find the advice in the article helpful, you may want to read her book for even more insight.

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