Chapter 4: Grief and bereavement

Introduction

It was lonely, the loss of our friendship. There was nobody to talk to or bounce ideas off.

After the death, and after the funeral (or ceremony) is over, you will begin to sort out some of the details and adjust to life. At this time, you may find yourself moving through your grief in different ways.

This chapter will cover only a few very basic points about grief. To read more about grief, visit MyGrief.ca. It can help you understand your grief and approach some of the most difficult questions that may arise. It was developed by people who have experienced the death of someone important to them and grief specialists. Topics include:

There are also additional modules that apply to specific situations (grief and medical assistance and dying, grief and advancing neurological illness) and your relationship to the person who has died.

Supporting children

Children generally take their cues from adults about “how to grieve,” so the way that you express or share your own grief, as well as how you talk about death, dying, and grief, can have a strong influence on how children will deal with these experiences now and in the future. By talking openly and honestly with them, you can let them know that it is okay to talk about the person who died and tell stories about them, whether happy, sad, or difficult. To read more, visit KidsGrief.ca.

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