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How to Find Help

When dealing with the loss of a loved one, some survivors turn to community and psychological resources for help. Therapy, journaling, support of friends and family, and meeting other people who are going through a similar situation can also be effective ways of working through grief.

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Local Resources

  • Your family or personal doctor can be helpful at this time in a number of ways.  First, your doctor should have information about grief programs in your area that can be beneficial to you.  Second, if you are interested in seeing a therapist or psychologist, your doctor can be an excellent referral source to help you find someone to work with. Mental health professionals have specialized training in helping people work through life issues such as death and dying. They can help you grieve in a way that is uniquely yours and provide support that meets your specific needs.
  • In most areas of the country, calling your local community information line may be helpful in locating various resources.
  • Local churches, support groups and wellness groups can lead you to people and groups within your community who might be able to help you.
  • You may want to consider contacting a local wellness institution or retreat center that offers grief support and programs.

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Global Resources

There are also numerous online community resources that you can use, from web sites of health care providers, to those specifically geared toward helping people cope with depression and anxiety. Forums, listservs, discussion groups and chats, as well as the latest research on coping with grief, are all available online. Many people find that using online resources is helpful, especially because of the anonymity it provides.

An Important Note:
If your grief is difficult to work through on your own, never hesitate to reach out. The best way to learn about your own grief is through personal contact with a therapist, a psychologist or other people qualified to guide you through a painful loss. For example, after large-scale disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods, grief counselors are routinely deployed to communities to assist people with grief management. The “everyday” grief of losing a loved one is not necessarily different than dealing with the loss of someone from a natural disaster, though the solutions may not be publicized as much. Don’t be afraid to admit you could use help and seek the best solutions for your well-being.

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