I’m sure to the casual observer it seems like no one’s talking about grief. In many ways no one is, I mean it’s not exactly a popular topic in the super market checkout line. As someone who has both worked with grief and been a griever, it has not been my experience that people are eager to talk about their end of life wishes or are lining up to listen to me recite my 15th essay on how much I miss my mother. Let’s face it, these topics are sad, they make people cry, and they remind us all of our own mortality. Womp womp.
But don’t worry, there’s good news for those of us who
always often occasionally want a safe non judgmental place to read, write, learn, and talk about issues of death, dying, and bereavement. It’s called the internet. In summary, the internet is a safe haven for anyone who wants to talk about anything (just be sure you know where you are before reading comment sections because comment sections can be the internet equivalent to Azkaban’s Dementors).
There are a ton of great blogs dedicated to grief, if you know where to look you are likely to find one that works for you regardless of your age, gender, type of loss, religion, and coping skills. We highly recommend many of these grief blogs and websites and, as our regular readers know, linking to the great content of others makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. This is why we decided to dedicate today’s post to discussing some of our favorite blogs and websites. We have no real criteria other than we just like them and consider them to be informative, contemporary, open minded, thoughtful, and social. We’re not going to put ourselves on the list because that would be weird, but it should be noted that we do recommend ourselves (still weird? Ahh heck I tried).
1. The Grief Healing Blog: Marty Tousley, the author of the Grief Healing Blog, is awesome on so many levels. She has a diverse professional resume and has experienced grief and loss on a personal level. She frequently updates her blog with really helpful and informative posts, many of which she supplements with lists of related content from other blogs and websites. She works hard to stay connected with other sites and you can always count on her to post, tweet, pin a ton of great grief support information from around the web. Lastly, she is really active on social media so you can easily follow along with her on Facebook and Twitter among others.
2. HelloGrief: HelloGrief very simply describes itself as ‘a place to share and learn about grief and loss’. Their site was developed by Comfort Zone Camp, Inc in an effort to promote a dialogue about loss and coping. Through HelloGrief you can participate in their online community, create interactive memorials, read about a diverse range of grief experiences, and find resources. What we like most about HelloGrief is their desire to share all sorts of grief stories by people from all walks of life, and readers are invited to submit their own stories for potential publication on the blog. We also like that the blog is contemporary and appealing to a younger set (i.e. teens). One can easily follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
3. Confessions of a Funeral Director: This blog is authored by Caleb Wilde and covers a broad range of topics. Although there is an abundance of good grief talk and counsel, the blog is not exclusively focused on grief support. Instead Wilde offers a unique, honest, insightful, and sometimes humorous perspective on all things death and dying from someone who encounters it on a day to day basis. He often opens his blog to guests authors who offer perspectives different from his own, case in point his recent ‘Death Perspectives’ series where he invited people of different faiths or non-faith to discuss their approach to death, bereavement, and grief. As a professional I also really appreciate his candid discussion on ‘Burnout and Compassion Fatigue’. Okay so basically in a nutshell, we love you Caleb oh yes we do. Oh and of course, follow him on Facebook or Instagram.
4. Still Standing Magazine: Still standing magazine is an online magazine for bereaved parents, covering the topic of child loss from infertility to a child’s death at any age. They have upwards of 25 different contributors covering topics such as ‘recent loss’, ‘infertility’, ‘multiple loss’, ‘marriage and relationships’, ‘parenting after loss’, ‘grandparents’, etc. It’s such a comprehensive site the first time you visit you almost feel overwhelmed, so give yourself some time to look around. They are on pretty much every social media site so you better just visit them to pick and choose how you want to follow along.
5. Diary of a Widower: Self described as ‘Daily entries by a husband, who stayed behind with his two sons” this is a blog written by journalist Tim Overdiek and it provides Overdiek’s almost daily dairy as widower and single parent to his two young sons. Overdiek has authored a book by the same name which chronicles the first year after his wife, Jennifer, died at the age of 41. Overdiek’s entries are often short but sweet, brief but poignant, covering a broad range of topics including his wife’s death, grief, parenting, dealing with friends and family, and figuring out how to date again. Reading this blog you’ll probably find you can relate to some of Overdiek’s thoughts regardless of who you are and who you’ve lost, but I would especially recommend the blog for widowers and parents of grieving children. You can follow this blog on Twitter.
Alright there you have it, 5 great grief blogs to help you waste an hour or two of your day. This is certainly not an all inclusive list but it’s a good place to start. We hope to be able to highlight other great blogs in the future, but for now if there’s a site you want to recommend please share with our readers by mentioning it in the comment section.
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