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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…

 

EUROPE

The NETHERLANDS

Steun Na Partnerverlies

Landelijk Steunpunt Rouw

De Jonge Weduwe

Stichting Mirro Module Rouwverwerking

Het Rouw Café

In De Wolken

Humanitas

Remember Me Rouwverwerking Tips

Monuta Verlies Partner

Doodgaan Doorgaan – Rouw

Zelfmoordpreventie Online

 

IRELAND

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

AACPI

 

FRANKRIJK

Psychologies – Accepter Le Temps du Deuil

Croire La Croix

L’épreuve du Deuil

 

DENMARK

Ostenfeldt

 

GERMANY

Trauma Info Hinterbliebene

Koep Johann DE

For young mourners:

Nicolaidis Young Wings DE

 

SWITZERLAND

Projuventute Witwen Witwer & Waisenfon

 

ITALY

Fondazione Vedove Oblate Trinitarie

 

SWEDEN

Handbok Om Sorg PDF

 

UNITED KINGDOM

NHS Bereavement

Widowed & Young Org UK Bereavement Support

Care For The Family Org UK Bereavement Support

 

SPAIN

Fundacion Luca de Tena

 

USA

 W Connection Org

 

ASIA

India

The Loomba Foundation

UN

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

Kiva