Grief and Death Materials

The patron saint for those grieving the death of a loved one is St. Arbogast.

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” -John 6:51


Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness your experiencing will never let up. These are normal reactions to a significant loss. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on.

Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. You may associate grief with the death of a loved one – and this type of loss does often cause the most intense grief. But any loss can cause grief, including: relationship breakup, loss of health, loss of a job, financial hardship, a miscarriage, death of a pet, loss of friendship, etc.

Grieving is a personal and highly individual experience. How you grieve depends on many factors, including your personality and coping style, your life experience, your faith, and the nature of the loss. The grieving process takes time. Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried – and there is no “normal” timetable for grieving. Some people start to feel better in weeks or months. For others, the grieving process is measured in years. Whatever your grief experience, it’s important to be patient with yourself and allow the process to naturally unfold.

RESOURCES

The Dougy Center – How to Help a Grieving Teen

Healing Place

The Healing Place offers grief support programs to grieving children, teens, and their families. We are a nonprofit organization with a caring, dedicated staff of counselors and volunteers who are specifically trained in bereavement and grief.

Comfort Zone Camp

Offers free overnight weekend and week-long camps for children ages 7-17 and young adults ages 19-23 who have lost a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Camps are held year round with locations in Southern California. Travel assistance available.

Kids Konnected

Provides friendship, understanding, education, and support for kids and teens that have a parent with cancer or have lost a parent with cancer.

Coach Art

Offers free weekly personal lessons in the arts and athletics to children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC)

Promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.