Losing a loved one is hard, so we want to ensure you have access to resources to help you in your grieving process. Below are many links to websites and articles that focus on specific grief topics. If there is a particular grief topic that you are searching for, please feel free to contact the Family Services department. We will do our best to assist you in finding what you need.

The information in the resources listed below are for your benefit only, and do not necessarily reflect the views of SightLife.



When a Parent Dies: For Adults

This article is about the opinions and feelings of adults who are grieving the loss of a parent.

This article was written by a grief counselor, and it explains some of the emotions that may be associated with grieving the loss of a parent as well as possible effects on relationships.

This is a practical list of things you can do to help yourself heal after losing a parent.

This page provides affirmation of the feelings you may experience, as well some ideas for how to best emotionally support yourself through the grief process.

A list of ideas of how to let yourself be as sulky as you want on Father's Day when your father has passed away.

This article addresses some more challenging emotions that may surround a parent’s death: those of relief, freedom, and liberation.

An article about balancing the past and present when it comes to Mother's Day.

Suggestions for how to cope with Mother's Day when your mother has passed away.

A letter written by a mother to her daughters explaining why she feels the way she does on Mother's Day without her mother.

An article about what it is like to be without your mother on Mother's Day, and some suggestions for making it less difficult.

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When a Spouse Dies

This resource provides a list of practical things to help take care of yourself and honor the memory of your spouse.

This page provides reaffirmation of the feelings a grieving spouse may experience, as well some ideas for how to best emotionally support yourself through the grief process.

This organization is specifically for men who have lost a spouse. It provides resources, articles, FAQs, and support groups for men.

This practical and inclusive website provides articles, links, stories, facts, and resources for widows and widowers. There are also chat rooms and email lists that provide access to the online community.

Some tips on how to take care of yourself after losing your spouse.

A forum where people who have lost their spouses can connect with one another.

This is an active daily blog written by recent widows sharing their daily grief journey and their process toward healing. Make sure to visit often, as it changes every day.

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When a Child Dies: For Parents and Other Family Members

This page, as well as the rest of site, can provide extremely valuable information and support. You can reach out to your local chapter of Compassionate Friends.

This resource is for parents who have lost their child at any age. It reminds you that your grief journey is unique, but outlines some emotions you may feel after the loss.

This website walks through the process of grief in bereaved parents, including a section on sudden loss. It also includes sections about SIDS, fathers and loss, and ways to comfort a parent.

GriefHaven is an inclusive site for parents who have lost a child of any age. It provides a free newsletter, a memory wall, chat rooms, and numerous other resources for parents.

The Compassionate Friends specialize in supporting families after a child dies. This page is for parents who have lost their adult son or daughter, but the whole website is a good resource.

A list of suggestions of ways to comfort yourself while you hold onto memories of your adult child's life.

This site helps prepare you for some of the emotions you may experience as you move through your grief journey and provides helpful suggestions for helping other family members grieve.

The Compassionate Friends is an organization offering resources specific to dealing with the loss of a child.

A short, sweet letter of advice to parents who have lost a child.

This website has helpful resources for children whose parents have died.

An article written by the mother who lost her child to suicide and what her grieving process has been like.

Some tips for how to cope with the grief of losing a child from IRIS - Infants Remembered In Silence.

An article with a few key points about what it's like to lose a child.

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When a Sibling Dies: For Older Siblings

This resource helps process some emotions and thoughts you may experience after the loss of a sibling.

This link includes sections for unique sibling loss, like childhood loss, suicide loss, and combat loss. It is also a great resource for bereaved siblings who have surviving parents.

This resource provides a link to a list of valuable ideas for coping with grief, a list of recommended books, as well as online and local groups for those who have lost a sibling.

This resource addresses many things that may change after a sibling death, such as the role in the family, relationships with parents, and potential secondary losses that may be associated.

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Losing A Loved One to Cancer

A forum where people who have lost a loved one to cancer can connect with each other.

A summary of how the grieving process starts even before a loved one has passed when losing a loved one to cancer.

Tips on how to help someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one to cancer.

An article written by a woman who lost her husband to cancer, and her advice on how to honor your loved one's memory.

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Losing A Loved One to Violence, Sudden Traumatic Death, or Multiple Losses

An article on the grieving process for those who have lost someone to murder.

An organization for parents who have lost children to murder.

An article on losing a loved one to homicide, the grief process, and steps to take towards healing - 24 hr/day grief line as well.

Tips to help with the grieving process after losing a loved one to murder.

Advice for how to help children and teens who have lost a loved one to violence.

A support organization for people who have lost a loved one to violence.

An article for people who have lost a loved one to violence.

Written by a grief counselor, this article is a summary of steps to take while going through the grieving process.

This article is about how joy can still be part of your life even through the grieving process.

A forum for people who have lost a loved one in a sudden, traumatic way to connect with

An explanation of the type of grief experienced following a sudden, traumatic loss, as well as advice on what to do immediately following a traumatic loss.

A short article about what someone may feel after losing a loved one to a traumatic death and some suggestions on what to do about it.

A comprehensive article on how complicated the grieving process may be for those who have lost loved ones to a sudden, accidental, or traumatic death.

A short article about what someone may feel after losing a loved one to suicide and some suggestions on what to do about it.

An article about the difference between Traumatic Grief and PTSD and what to do about them.

An article on what grief can be like for those who have lost a loved one suddenly.

The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide. We hope that you will find resources here to help you deal with, and eventually heal from, what may well be the worst pain you will ever feel.

An article on why the grieving process is so complicated for those who have lost a loved one to murder, as well as stories from other families who have experienced the same type of losses.

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Losing A Loved One to Suicide

A booklet for teens who have lost someone to suicide.

A booklet for people of all ages who have lost someone to suicide.

An article explaining what grief is like for someone who has lost a loved one to suicide, and how to cope.

A place for people to read/post about how they have been coping with the death by suicide of their loved one.

An article for families coping with the death of a loved one by suicide.

A brief article on the resilience of those who have lost someone to suicide.

Advice on how to help a child who has lost a loved one to suicide.

An article written by the mother who lost her child to suicide and what her grieving process has been like.

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Losing A Loved One to Substance Abuse

An article about the do's and don't's of losing a loved one to substance addiction.

The Mayor of Seaside Heights shares his story with his sons addiction and death by overdose to help others.

An article about what it's like to lose someone to addiction and how to better care for yourself through the grieving process.

GRASP is a Nationwide organization with many local chapters for people who have lost a loved one to substance abuse.

Poems written by family members who have been affected by their loved one's substance addiction.

An article AND a podcast about the grief experienced by someone who has lost a loved one to an overdose death, and how to cope with it.

A list of things to avoid saying to someone who has lost a loved one to addiction.

A list of how to help someone who lost a loved one to addiction.

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Resources For Children And Teens

A list of advice to help children who have experienced a tragedy.

An article with advice on how to help a child who is going through the grieving process.

Advice on how to help a child who has lost a loved one to suicide.

An article about what Father's Day can be like when your children are too young to remember their father - and what to do about it.

An article about how children of different ages process and understand the loss of a loved one.

Tips on how to help a child going through the grief of losing a loved one.

An article with advice on how to decide if it is appropriate for a child to attend a funeral.

An article explaining how to speak to children when a death has occurred.

An article full of suggestions on how to help a teenager who is experiencing grief.

Public TV icon, Fred Rogers, shares simple and powerful tools for explaining death to young children. While this resource was made for young ones, folks at any age could benefit from his compassionate thoughts on death.

This section of What's Your Grief? is full of resources for children and teens who are grieving.

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The Holidays After Losing A Loved One

Tips on how to get through the holidays after losing a loved one.

A post with suggestions on how to give gifts at the holidays when you've lost a loved one.

A list of suggestions to help with how difficult Valentine's Day can be after losing a loved one.

A post about why holiday villains (i.e., the Grinch) are not so bad, and why it's okay to be one.

An article describing how to make ornaments to honor your loved one.

A few good suggestions for taking care of yourself through the holidays after losing a loved one.

Advice for those who have lost a loved one about how to handle the holidays.

Links to several posts about weddings while grieving - including Wedding Dress Shopping Without Mom and Remembering Loved Ones at Your Ceremony or Reception

Advice on how to formulate a plan for managing your grief during the holidays.

An article about traditions around holidays and how to continue on with your traditions in a new way after losing a loved one.

An extensive list of suggestions for New Year's Resolutions for Grievers

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General Resources

This web resource offered by the AARP includes a toll-free number that you can call to talk to a live person about your grief. The site also has a library of helpful articles.

Use this website to register to become an eye, tissue, and/or organ donor.

The National Donor Family Council is affiliated with the National Kidney Foundation. It offers resources for coping with grief and learning more about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Tips on how to help someone who is going through the grief journey.

A list written by David Kessler of what to say - and what not to say - to someone who is grieving.

Click on Mourner's Corner to read the Mourner's Bill of Rights and many related articles.

Tips for dealing with the pain of going through the grieving process during the holidays.

An article about how fear and anxiety are a normal, yet often ignored, part of the grieving process.

An overview of the grieving process after a loved one has been lost, as well as some suggestions on how to cope.

Quotes about the death of a loved one.

An article that explains why the notion that one gets over grief is a myth.

A podcast about secondary loss - the losses/changes that happen as a result of a primary loss (i.e., losing a loved one).

A podcast about how grief can make you feel crazy - and how normal that is.

A list of suggestions on how to cope with the anniversary of a loved one's passing.

An article about how sometimes the loss we have experienced may be perceived by society as not important, and how that can change the grieving process.

An article about how everyone's grief is different.

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Contact Us

Please contact our Family Services Department at donorfamilyservices@sightlife.org. To read stories of hope and join our community, visit facebook.com/throughNewEyes.

Email: donorfamilyservices@sightlife.org
Phone: 800.847.5786, ext. 138
Address: 1200 6th Ave, Ste 300, Seattle, WA 98101