We founded the grief website What’s Your Grief in November of 2012. This website was our first endeavor in providing the public with our version of practical, specific and thoughtful grief support. As mental health professionals, we spent several years working in hospital emergency departments and intensive care units, supporting individuals at the time of a loved one’s death. We often felt powerless sending new grievers home with nothing more than flimsy and overgeneralized grief brochures, not knowing what kind of additional support they would find in their communities in the weeks and months to follow.
Having both experienced the death of a parent in early adulthood, we knew first hand that the experience of grief is way too complicated to fit into a trifold brochure, yet we recognized this was often all grief support workers are able to offer in the moment. After grumbling over our limitations long enough we finally decided to dive head first into creating what we hoped would be a comprehensive online resource where professionals would feel comfortable sending their clients and that would serve as an extension of the help provided by those working to support grievers in hospitals, hospices, counseling, support groups, organ procurement organizations, places of worship and grief centers.
To date we have well over 250 articles on the What’s Your Grief site addressing all aspects of grief, bereavement, and coping. The site is totally free to grievers and professionals alike and we are honored to know that tens of thousands of people visit our site each week to read and share.
The second chapter of our story is the What’s Your Grief Store where we are thrilled to offer a growing library of grief print resources to help grief professionals better serve patients and families. Again, we recognize the limitations of a booklet in addressing the complicated experience of grief, but we’ve challenged ourselves to provide useful and practical information in digestible and relatable ways. Also, we regularly dedicate space in our resources to discuss the next steps in finding help.
Regardless of how you found yourself here, thanks for visiting and we hope you stay a while.