Bereavement Support

The bereavement process is different for everyone and there are many different sources of guidance to help you. What works really well for one person will be wholly unsuccessful for another. Be wary of trying to follow the “stages of grief” though, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross herself has expressed frustration at how this has become a very structured approach used by practitioners; which was never her original intention.

We widows know all about grief. It is chaotic, overwhelming and, most of all, cruel. It will strike while you are in the supermarket, watching a movie, listening to a song, or reading a piece of text – and when it strikes, it will cut through you like a hot knife through butter.  We have all been on our knees, or lying on the floor, sobbing uncontrollably – sometimes for hours.  That was my life for a long time. When, dripping in pain, we try to explain ourselves to a bereavement counselor, psychologist or best friend, we are often met with the distinct feeling they have no idea what kind of hell we inhabit. So, we need all the help we can get.

There are numerous links below providing options, depending upon where you are located.  We can also help you find an experienced psychologist with whom you can have a personal consultation. See what works – try everything and anything – as long as you keep trying. Don’t ever give up on your ability to recover. It will take time, but you will get there – eventually.


Here are a few words by Dr. Susan Delaney at UCD’s TEDx Talk about grief…




Steun Na Partnerverlies

Landelijk Steunpunt Rouw

De Jonge Weduwe

Stichting Mirro Module Rouwverwerking

Het Rouw Café

In De Wolken


Remember Me Rouwverwerking Tips

Monuta Verlies Partner

Doodgaan Doorgaan – Rouw

Zelfmoordpreventie Online



Widow IE

Pieta House

Citizen’s Information on Bereavement and Counselling

Information for those affected by bereavement PDF

A guide for widows of road traffic accident victims

Irish Hospice Foundation

HSE Booklet – You are not alone

TUSLA Family Resource Centre




Psychologies – Accepter Le Temps du Deuil

Croire La Croix

L’épreuve du Deuil






Trauma Info Hinterbliebene

Koep Johann DE

For young mourners:

Nicolaidis Young Wings DE



Projuventute Witwen Witwer & Waisenfon



Fondazione Vedove Oblate Trinitarie



Handbok Om Sorg PDF



NHS Bereavement

Widowed & Young Org UK Bereavement Support

Care For The Family Org UK Bereavement Support



Fundacion Luca de Tena



 W Connection Org




The Loomba Foundation


UN Women Press Release


Online Support Groups

Widow Support Groups

Heartache To Healing Support Groups For Widows



Free books and media

Open Culture


Micro-financing for widows in developing nations