You're Not Alone: 5 Legit Grief Resources
A quick online search will quickly reveal there is a lot of information out there about grief, and yet sometimes it feels like there is so little actual guidance. In a sea of websites and books and stories of what you should and shouldn't do, how can you know who trust and where to start?
I don't have the right answer for you (I'm not sure I even have the right answer for me), but I can share a few resources that were especially helpful to me or those close to me.
I hope they are able to bring healing to you as well.
THE DINNER PARTY
Through intimate, peer-driven dinner parties, The Dinner Party works to turn the most isolating experiences into sources of rich community, empathy, and meaningful conversation.
Creating beautiful, unstructured dinner parties hosted by friends for friends, they invite those who’ve experienced significant loss - whether a parent, partner, sibling, or friend - to dive into long-tabooed territory, sharing a defining part of ourselves that rarely sees the light of day. Together, they're pioneering tools and community through which young people who’ve experienced significant loss can use their shared experience as a springboard toward living better, bolder, and more connected lives.
Since December 2014, they've hand-matched more than 4,000 one-time strangers to one another, and onboarded 481 hosts. In the last 3 years, Dinner Party tables have gathered in 146 cities and towns worldwide.
Want to join or host a dinner? Find out more at www.thedinnerparty.org
HOPE AFTER PROJECT
Hope After Project strives to create a more empathetic, grief aware communities by building acts of community service in memory of those who have died. These acts of community service become living memorials that provide a positive and productive way for those who are bereaved to honor their loved ones and to find hope.
Every Hope After Project is custom built based on the life you're remembering and the needs of the bereaved. They've built military care packages, weeded in community gardens, cared for homeless animals, served food to cancer patients and planted trees, creating meaningful legacies on behalf of significant people.
Want to do a Project? Find out more at www.hopeafterproject.com
OptionB is dedicated to helping you build resilience in the face of adversity—and giving you the tools to help your family, friends, and community build resilience too. They offer a space where you can read and share personal stories, join groups for solidarity and support, and find information from experts.
Being part of a group can help build resilience, overcome isolation, and begin to chart a path toward a more joyful future. Option B offers in person and online support for a variety of challenges, including grief, illness, sexual assault, incarceration, and divorce.
Want to join a group? Find out more at www.optionb.org
Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a transformational weekend camp that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth to increase levels of hope, enhance self-esteem, and especially to learn that they are not alone.
While you may not be a child or teen, getting involved as a volunteer could be a cathartic and special way to transform your grief while helping others with theirs.
Want to volunteer or help someone attend? Find out more at moyerfoundation.org/camps-programs/camp-erin/
North of Tucson, AZ on 400 acres of idyllic land, Miraval is an inclusive destination resort and spa designed for living life in the moment. With creative programs, unique spa treatments, nourishing cuisine, and top wellness specialists, Miraval helps people build their own sense of balance.
With a plethora of options focused on healing in a peaceful nature setting, Miraval is a wonderful place to slow down and safely grieve.
Want to get away? Find out more at www.miravalresorts.com
What resources did you find most helpful? Let us know in the comments below!