Coping with Loss

ImageCoping with loss can be a very difficult journey. ADEC has compiled these resources for individuals who are looking for help or who wish to offer support to another who is coping with a loss.

Bereavement Rituals
Cancer and Death
Children and Grief
End-of-Life Issues
Grandparents' Grief
Hospice – What is it?
Losing a Child at Any Age
Media and Death
Pet Loss
Sibling Loss
Traumatic Loss: Violence, Terrorism, War and Natural Disasters

Looking for a specialist in death and dying, or grief and bereavement? Use the Find a Specialist directory.

ADEC Movie Club: Periodically, when a movie's central theme relates to grief, death or loss, we'll ask ADEC members to offer their review or impressions of how well the film presents the grief experience. Our first entry is the film The Rabbit Hole (2010).

ImageBereavement Rituals
Incorporating Extraordinary Experiences in Death Rituals 
Second-Lining at Death in New Orleans
Incorporating Loss into Our Holiday Rituals
A Pre-Death Ritual for Mable

AARP — Ways to Cope
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Cancer and DeathImage
Surviving Losses from Cancer

National Cancer Institute Loss, Grief and Bereavement Site 
Anerican Cancer Society Coping with Grief and Loss 

ImageChildren and Grief
Joining Together as a Global Community of Grieving Children
Music Therapy wtih Adolescents Experiencing Loss 

The Dougy Center 
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation
Helping Grandchildren Deal with Grief
Barr-Harris Children's Grief Center

End-of-Life IssuesImage

 ADEC defines end-of-life decision-making as the aspects of life-threatening illness/terminal illness that involve choices and decisions about actions to be taken for individuals, families and professional caregivers.* These decisions may be related to medical, ethical, legal, social and family issues and may be influenced by culture and socialization, religion and spirituality, historical and contemporary perspectives, lifespan and larger systems issues.

*This definition is taken directly from the Handbook of Thanatology Introduction to Part 2, which is dedicated to EOL decision-making and edited for public consumption.

Death with Dignity: The Oregon Experience
The Art of Dying: A Mind-Body Transformation
When to Refer to Hospice

Compassion and Choices
Five Wishes

Watch Ira Byock, MD, (31st annual conference keynote presenter) speak about normalizing the end-of-life experience.


ImageGrandparents' Grief
Grandparents’ Grief — Who Is Listening?

The Duality of Grieving
The Grief of Grandparents

Surviving Losses from Cancer

Grief's Journey

AARP Grief and Loss Resources

AARP's Guide for the Newly Widowed

Watch Howard Winokuer, PhD, discuss Communicating Caring


ImageHospice — What is it?
Perinatal Hospice: A Holistic Approach for When Death Comes at the Beginning of Life
When to Refer to Hospice
The Art of Dying: A Mind-Body Transformation

Caring Connections
Hospice Foundation of America
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Losing a Child at Any AgeImage

Pregnancy, Children and Infants
Perinatal Hospice: A Holistic Approach for When Death Comes at the Beginning of Life
Perinatal Bereavement: A Lifelong Process

Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA)
Compassionate Friends

MISS Foundation
RTS Bereavement Services
SHARE  Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.

Losing Adult Children
AARP — Ways Parents Can Cope

ImageMedia and Death
Cinema and Its Depiction of Cultural Aspects of Death and Dying
The Healing Power of Music in Bereavement
Media Portrayals of Death and Dying

Pet LossImage
From the Backyard to the Pet Bed: The Changing Role of Animals in Society
Coping with Animal Companion Loss Across the Age Continuum

Animal Chaplains
Argus Institute
Rainbows Bridge Grief Support Center

Tufts University Pet Loss Support Hotline
Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Pet Loss Support Program
Bright Stars Forever Pet WebRing

ImageSibling Loss
Losing a Sibling in Adulthood
Sibling Grief Throughout the Childhood
Mode of Death and Effects on Sibling Grief


Watch Dr. Kay Fowler discuss her personal story of adult sibling loss.


Suicide: Prevention and Postvention

American Association of Suicidology (AAS) 
SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education Coping with Loss
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 800-273-TALK (8255)
Suicide Prevention Resource Center

ImageTraumatic Loss: Violence, Terrorism, War and Natural Disasters
Getting Beyond Terrorism: Life in a War Zone and its Impact on Our Family
Grief, Trauma and Combat
Firefighter Remembrance

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
National Center for PTSD fact sheet on community violence 
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)

The articles above have been drawn from The Forum, ADEC's member publication, because of their relevancy and appropriateness for the nonprofessional (all articles are in PDF format). These articles may not be reprinted without the express written consent of ADEC. Contact to request reprints.

Other resources include links to websites presented by other organizations that may be useful. (Note about links.) YouTube videos appear courtesy of the Open to Hope Foundation. See more videos at their YouTube channel.

**Note: The Association for Death Education and Counseling® is not responsible for the availability or content of the sites it links to, nor does the ADEC endorse, warrant or guarantee the products, services or information described or offered at these other Internet sites. Users cannot assume that the external sites will abide by reasonable privacy practices.

Updated: September 21, 2010