5 Grief Blogs We Love

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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March 28, 2017

85 responses on "5 Grief Blogs We Love"

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  7. Hi, I have a fairly new blog up and running, it tells the story of my ex partner’s suicide and my life now raising his two younger children. I’m not sure how beneficial my blog will be for others but it certainly is beneficial for me to write it. I live in hope of reaching out to somebody and offering them reassurance. It is an incredibly tough journey but it does get easier.

  8. This is a blog I am currently writing about my own grief. I hope it can help someone down this journey. https://shethatovercomes.blogspot.com

    • My brother who is 62 and was diagnosed with glioblastoma metformin 1 week before Thanksgiving this year. There were no warning signs until he acted like he had a stroke. As he is 14 years older than I, we really didn’t grow up together. And then he moved when I was four. For a lot of reasons, none because he didn’t want to see me, just took a different path. So I’m having so much grief and agony that hes dying soon and I didn’t get a chance to know him. I can never take it back. I don’t know how to deal with this. I’ve been so depressed I’ve stay in bed in depression most of the time or crying or kinda catatonic. May God let him go peacefully

  9. This is an article that I wrote after the passing of my mother that I’d like to share with all of you. https://herviewfromhome.com/to-my-mom-in-heaven/

  10. Always a difficult topic, thank you for this post but also allowing all of these comments. It leaves a person with a sense that there is always someone out there and available to help. I do have a resource that I would recommend for anyone and everyone. When Their World Stops by Anne-Marie Lockmyer, it’s a recent release but I found it so insightful and helpful. It addresses the silence and discomfort of being around someone in grief. It guides them through the process and HOW to approach the grieving individual and how to be present in a consistent way that is not obtrusive, offensive but rather therapeutic and beneficial. I really appreciate this resource and recommend it for anyone and everyone. You can find out more about the author and pick up the book here, http://www.griefandtraumahealing.com.

  11. To my knowledge the blog I began writing after my son Brady died of suicide at age 16 in 2016 is the only publication devoted to discovering and discussing evidence-based bereavement grief coping strategies. The goal is to identify ways to get through the agony of grief more quickly, with less pain and suffering and with a more positive outcome by using coping strategies whose effectiveness is supported by scientific evidence. I regularly scan the scientific research for findings on topics such as measuring grief, grief models, delayed grief and finding meaning and share with readers what I have found. I think What’s Your Grief is the best overall online grief information resource and I think Grieve Well is the best source for information on evidence-based bereavement grief coping strategies. I hope you’ll visit and let me know what you think. I’m sorry for the losses that brought all of us here and I hope each of us gets some peace today.

  12. Very cool article !!! thank you

  13. Hello
    I would like to share my blog site with all of you. I started it as a way of dealing with my son’s death last August (2017). I found journaling cathartic and helpful on so many levels and hope to offer some inspiration to others who may also be doing it rough on the road to healing in their grief journey. It’s called withlovetomyson.com and is self-explanatory. Every time I feel like journaling now, I do so on my blog. It has been populated with posts that started not long after he died and these have also been explained. I also plan to bring awareness to prescription drug abuse and mental illness although I am not quite there yet. This will take some courage and time to get all of my sources down pat. In the meantime, I would love to hear from you. Warm regards, Joanne

  14. Kristine Rodas-CallisterJanuary 23, 2018 at 7:48 pmReply

    Dear Eleanor,

    I am new to the blogging world but decided to share my story and lessons learned on my grief journey in order to help those who are grieving or know of someone who is grieving. Please consider sharing my site so we can work together to help those get through this difficult journey of grief. Thank you!


  15. Dear Eleanor,

    I am new to the blogging world but decided to share my story and lessons learned on my grief journey in order to help those who are grieving or know of someone who is grieving. Please consider sharing my site so we can work together to help those get through this difficult journey of grief. Thank you!
    Kristine Rodas-Callister

  16. Hey, I need to share. And I need feedback! I’ve fallen in love, in a way that I never have before. He’s a widower. We met just two months after his wife of 37 years passed. It’s all so intense. So much joy and pain simultaneously. I’m currently stuck in a re-occurring experience that’s singular. Cathie, his wife, didn’t want an obit. So we, as a couple, are continually confronted by this same scenario. EX: Last night we were visiting with an old friend, lovely, at the end of the visit our friend asked, “And Cath is still doing well?” At which point my Darlin’ explained that she had passed. Our friend buckled, lost it, crying. Then the usual look of “Oh my, not only is Cathie gone, but you’re her replacement.” A lot to integrate in one interaction. So many loved ones. Cathie was pronounced cancer free in June of last year…there was a huge party and many hadn’t seen her since. She died in August. We live off the grid so communication is sometimes. I want only to support and love this man forever. I feel defecit in skills. How do I help him?

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  19. It’s very refreshing to hear other people’s stories about their loss. Thanks! Here’s my contribution towards healing and moving on:

  20. I came across this site and thought my blog may be helpful to some readers. I lost my dad (to whom I was incredibly close) four years ago, when I was 29 years old. My blog is about what I went through, about life after death, and about keeping him alive. In case anyone would be interested or find it helpful, my blog is: http://erlaneerika.com

  21. I am very interested in reading the blogs listed above. Some do not seem as active or recent to the loss. I started my blog about losing my husband a few months ago when I spent our wedding anniversary and what would have been the 1 year anniversary of his death in Thailand. I had a wonderful, healing trip. I’d love to connect with more readers.https://runawaywidow.com – Thank you.

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  24. To My Family / August 15, 2016
    As I try to make sense of what happened in our family and its effects, I wish to share with you my feelings about Ma and Bah Bah.
    Looking back at our parents’ personalities, I can see a little bit of both of them in each of us. The good and the bad. Not only in our basic dispositions, but in how we may respond to the kicks and kisses of life. More significant than Ma and Bah Bah’s inherent traits, I believe, was how they reacted to their lot in life, not only to conditions from the outside, but their interaction with each other in coping with those conditions. Financial hardship seemed to reign and we had only glimpses of their true selves. What if Ma and Bah Bah had similar life conditions and experiences to ours? They had only basic education in a faraway country and alien language and had to toil and sweat to make a living in this country. But what if they were able somehow to get higher education and become professionals, like we were? Bah Bah surely would have pursued his interest in the natural sciences or technology rather than having to work in laundry sweat shops; and Ma had a dream of being a nurse or a teacher rather than working long hours in the laundry and later as a seamstress (although she derived great pride in her reputation as an excellent worker and the shop owners’ reliance on her expertise—I still have her work logs reflecting the minimal pay she got for a day’s work). But, alas, Fortuna dealt some pretty tough blows. Yet, perhaps we can say that Fortuna showed mercy to them after all, through us. Ma and Bah Bah both found solace through us. “Look at our children, they all went to excellent schools and they are all successful at their jobs because of our sacrifices,” they both said at one time or another.
    Their lives were filled with hardship: an early impoverished existence, a long stressful time of hand-to-mouth existence, and, sadly, the seed of love for each other (as I looked at a longforgotten studio wedding photo of them facing an uncertain future) never had a chance to blossom, only to be slain by the hand that Fortuna dealt them. And so they didn’t have the tools to do other than take their life’s frustrations out on each other and, sometimes, on us. I accepted this in Ma and Bah Bah and since have forgiven them. We all saw and heard the dark side of their souls, the hatred and bitterness that manifested itself each to the other and to us, which pushed us away from them. Later, after Bah Bah retired, I noticed his hatred and much of his bitterness towards Ma had dissipated, but by then it was too little too late to garner forgiveness from Ma and ameliorate his lonely existence (I tried to help by providing him and Ma with funds for summer trips to various places and so did Mike with his family by their visits, having restaurant meals, and Ma’s vacation cruise). Woefully, Ma never lost her bitterness, especially while Bah Bah was alive.
    But why was that for her? I believe her early childhood experiences, without a living, breathing model of this newfound unfamiliar Christian religion adopted by her mother that had the martyr Jesus at its center (which really could have helped), molded her into an unforgiving person who would hold on to grudges and only remember the mistreatments. Her mother was not loving toward Ma, despite all the responsibilities Ma took on for her; so, Ma deeply resented that. Her siblings behaved thoughtlessly, as any youngsters do and, at times, and from her perspective, whether it was reasonable or not, she felt mistreated and suffered from feeling they treated her like their personal hired maid. For the rest of her life, she would rather not have any dealings
    with them or even be reminded of them, for only thus could she forget the past. Her demons would come out, though, when her memories were dredged up. I knew those ugly demons were always lurking there, just below the surface, and she knew it, too, and she tried to keep them at bay as best as she could. She told me she prayed that God always protect her from harm. She believed that God was always there for her because she survived it all. Those feelings allowed me a glimmer of a frightened little girl inside her, yearning for love and protection (I’m tearing a little bit right now as I remember those fleeting moments when I perceived that little girl. If only she knew enough to pray for delivery from the burden of those dark feelings).
    Despite the dark and gloomy years, she did have fond memories of her kind and loving uncle (from whom she often told me that she had learned a lot), her father (who loved her), and her high-school friend (one of the few who treated her kindly; I think she was the one who died from an incompatible blood transfusion.). I vaguely recall seeing her once when I was with Ma having lunch at an air-conditioned restaurant in Hong Kong; I still remember the cold air and the smells of the food. Ma ordered a dish of fish with tomato sauce for both of us; I don’t remember what her friend had. They talked and then we went back home (in San Tin or her parents’ apartment where we all had lived before moving to San Tin).
    My last five years with Ma were a blessing. After she was in the hospital a couple of years ago from a bout of very high blood pressure and she was put on medication for it, I think she realized that when she started all the negative talk (and thinking) about the past, she was riling herself and her blood pressure up, and so she eased up on that and was more able to enjoy the present moments. She would always make known to her apartment neighbors that, “He is my son!” I was not embarrassed at all by that because they understood she was proud. I’m glad that she was able to support herself comfortably without financial worries and that as long as she lived she saw us all still well employed, hoping and praying that our jobs would last till our retirements. I spent as much time with her as I could. Before moving to New London because of my job change, I had visited her almost daily because we lived only a few blocks from each other; after the move, I visited her twice a week: taking her blood pressure and eating meals on Wednesdays, and delivering groceries and medicine on Saturdays. “Here’s some money for the take out,” she would say when I brought her Singapore lo mein, or she would ask what I would like to have, “Rice porridge or Chinese seafood with ramen noodle?” “I feel like having rice porridge and please make enough for my next day’s lunch,” I would say and always thanked her for it. She made quarts of red bean drink for summer days; I brought her dumplings and chicken feet whenever I came back from Boston Chinatown, roasted chicken legs for the last few years’ Thanksgivings, and this Chinese New Year we had seafood hot pot with lobster. These small moments I wish you hadn’t missed with Ma are what I treasure. So it’s not surprising that I cried inwardly when I finished the remaining portions of her cooked rice for my lunches last week. I poured out a small portion of iced tea that she had made for me and went outside the office building with it; while standing in the hot humidity, staring at the summer sky, I cried inwardly as I gave thanks to her for my cold tea. There’s still a half a bottle of it in our breakroom’s refrigerator.
    The year before he died, I once saw that Bah Bah had tears in his eyes while he was looking up at the Brooklyn blue sky. I didn’t ask why and to this day I wish I had. I saw a tear in Ma’s eye while she was in ICU; I didn’t ask why because I sensed that she knew she was dying. I
    fervently held on to her hand and brushed her tear away and told her I was there with her. I was so glad for that. I share in Mike’s grief that Bah Bah died alone.
    As I was wheeling her into the Emergency Room for her workup after she had already experienced the cardiogenic shock, remembering the ER visit a couple of days before having to wait for hours and hours before seeing the doctor, she said to be sure to buy sandwiches for both of us from the vending machine because we hadn’t had our lunch yet.
    And those were the last few words she said to me.
    So, under sad circumstances, we came together. The four of us were with her at the end, holding each other’s hands, and for that I am very grateful.
    In the end, I pray that Ma and Bah Bah forgive each other, as they are joined for eternity.
    Oh, life. We think we have all the time in the world. But, now I am more aware than ever that we don’t. And with these thoughts of all of us, Ma and Bah Bah, and with prayers and hopes, let us go forward in peace with the knowledge that life is short, a new sense of compassion and love for Ma and Bah Bah, a more objective understanding of our upbringing, a deeper appreciation of the love in our lives, for our spouses and kin; and our own softening remembrances of things past.
    Love, Auggie

  25. Grief takes the strangest forms…..
    I sometimes feel so far away from my father and then at other times like he was just here, living with us. In the good times I can celebrate his life with my children: listening to my daughter Sophie and her love of history……. Reading out all the descriptions and facts next to artefacts in museums to Sophie – as she demands to know what they say over and over again (typical dad) – at these times I am taken back to being bored beyond belief in museums as a child whilst dad read all the facts about every exhibit. Watching my children’s competitive edge and single mindedness and knowing that some of it came from my father. Knowing that he would have been so proud of them (this makes me sad and happy in equal measure).
    Yet at other times it destroys me to know he will never know them and they will never know him. I type these words more slowly as saying them is more difficult. I have often wished that there was an easier way to talk about grief without the worry of being too maudlin or depressing. I know friends who have lost their loved ones and yet we rarely speak of these things……. Not really sure why. Perhaps we are all trying to keep a lid on the strength of the emotions or is it because we all experience grief differently at different times.
    A therapist once said that grief and our experience of it is not linear. My thoughts on this are that the often cited stages of grief set in motion the idea that it is a stage process and therefore linear in how we experience it…. This misunderstanding has led me to set myself unrealistic objectives of feeling better over time. In reality I find it is more like a game of ping pong dependent on your own reality and experience at the time. During times of more extreme emotion (triggered by dates or times or experiences in your life) the emotional reaction can be feel more severe. At the times of emotional turmoil, the ping pong is bouncing closer and closer without let up. Music, smell and memories can flood back as if they were yesterday. At other times, it is possible to feel quite detached from my experience and in these times I am able to think clearly and reflect.
    For a long time after my father died, I was told to tell stories about him. Something I found too hard and still struggle with, even though I think about him every day. When I feel more detached (when the ping pong is bouncing further away) I can do this, with friends and family. I can remember almost without emotion all the good times. However, these are not the times I feel most connected to him.
    I feel him most when I am feeling terrible, when I am having a bad time and don’t know what to do. I am learning (with the help of a bit a counselling) that these are the times when (if he were alive) he would have helped me the most and therefore I go to him in my mind when things in life become difficult. This creates its own problems because it only serves as a reminder that he is not there to offer the words of strength or support that he used to do.
    Over time I have found that sometimes I am inspired to communicate these thoughts but would still struggle to speak them (the fear of being maudlin again of or outright offence to those close to me, going through their own stuff). I think that this is the silent struggle of grief – it is different for everyone and takes its toll at different times depending on the person/situation. I am lucky to have family and friends who care enough to appreciate this. I have friends who have been through much worse grief or sadness and feel guilty that I should feel so awful when they have been through so much.
    At times of inspiration I am grateful to my family for their support (unknowingly) helping me to talk things through. I decided to be brave and talk about how I feel to avoid the all-consuming emotions that take over if I leave them unchecked. This will always be a work in progress – living with what happened.
    I feel cheated that when I had my first child I was dealing with the death of my father (my daughter was born 3 weeks after he died). What was supposed to be a happy and joyful time, was painted black, like oil thrown over a work of art. I feel angry that all of my first memories of her are tied up with the grief I was feeling for him and continue to do so – her birthday / his funeral. I have been denied something I will never get back.
    My most enduring memory of this is my mother on seeing Sophie in her swaddling clothes remarked that I should not let my sisters see Sophie dressed like this as it was reminiscent of the clothing my father’s corpse was wrapped in when they saw him at the morgue. I have focused on this particular statement in recent years as “something to feel angry about” but at the same time appreciating the context and my mother’s need to protect her own children – can understand it too. It is something I would never say to her – she did not intend it to sound so awful. I wish I could let go of it and am hopeful I can over time.
    I have found at times that I am angry at my mother and husband for the unintentional pressure placed on me to provide a happy distraction from the awful situation, in the form of the new baby. This unfortunately created a new focus for them, putting pressure on me to perform as a “perfect mother”. This accusation is unfair because it was not intended, and entirely pressure that I placed on myself. I remember once writing on a post -it note on the fridge – “you are a good mum”. As a reminder to myself – my husband scribbled it out and wrote – You are “fabulous mum” in its place. I still don’t really believe him.
    For years I suppressed this (guilt about feeling sad at a time of such perceived joy) but now I understand that I am entitled to feel this way which has helped in allowing the emotion of it to ebb and flow. When I am feeling distant and able to reflect, I can give myself credit for having survived it and still managing to bond with my daughter. I am left with the notion that my relationship with her has somehow been tainted and that I have failed to protect her from my feelings.
    I recently attended a seminar at work which talked about the importance of attachment in parenting (Bowlby et al….) and experiences in the first 12 months being crucial to development. I am faced with the notion that each time my daughter experiences a difficult time or becomes very angry – it is because of my emotions during that first few months. Did I pass my anger on to her? Is this why she struggles to manage her own anger? Or is she just an average 6-year-old? These are constant questions that rear their ugly heads from time to time. I am grateful to have had another child and learned the joy of those months without the grief. Although these feelings are always quickly followed by regret and sadness as the comparison.
    What I get most angry about is the on-going maintenance of this situation. That I will always feel very sad at times and happy at others. Family gatherings will always carry emotional weight. Happy times tinged with an awful sadness. To those who say to me “remember the happy times” I say – these are forever with me, but nothing will ever make up for what is lost.

  26. Yesterday – July 7, 2016 was the 6th anniversary of the death of my youngest son Jesse who was 16 when he passed away. I’m writing a book and taking a course to help me in doing so. My assignment — to find a blog to Emulate. How I wish I had found you six years ago when I was searching for help. So glad to have found you now. Thank you

  27. this is my first time searching into blog sites in which individuals share their their thoughts, feelings, and all the upheavals that are hand in heart with grief … i saw that you noted some particular sites you feel can be and are places where people can go and see and feel that they are not alone. i started a blog site recently although i started writing about my grief shortly after my mother passed a few years ago … i would like to share my site with you and anyone who might find some identifiable comfort in what and how i write … http://www.circlesofgrief.com … i don’t know why the link hasn’t turned blue or is underlined in blue, but if you left click on it it gives the option to go to the site … i am technically inept and that’s putting it mildly … anyway, i thank you and hope to hear from you …

  28. This is a great resource. I will mention it to my clients at http://www.riversidecounseling.org. Thank you for the service here!

  29. Just found your site. Very informative and refreshing when there’s no one to talk to who might understand my feelings right now. Lost my husband tragically November 2013. I just started a blog but it has been difficult to get it going; mainly having the mental strength to write and connect with others. The site is http://ithinkthattoo.com. I’m sure I will visit this sight often.

  30. Hello everyone.

    I lost my mum to cancer 5 years ago last week. I’m a photographer and I found that taking pictures was one way for me to make sense of what was happening when she was ill and I’ve continued this after her death.

    I’m about to publish my first book: Tulip, my mothers favourite flower “A heart-rending photographic portrayal of a daughter’s last weeks with her mother”.

    I’m running a crowdfunding campaign to fund the cost of publishing. I would really appreciate if people could spare the time to have a look, and also share with your networks. Yesterday was the first day of the campaign, it went really well but have so much further to go. Any help would be so amazing. Thank you in advance for what ever you can do!

    Kickstarter link: https://goo.gl/8udxZq

    Best wishes,

  31. Thank you for this list! I have been looking for more blogs on this topic, and found a few here I haven’t seen.
    I have started a blog about watching my mother’s health slowly deteriorate and how I am coping with mindfulness, self care, and preparing myself as best I can for when she does pass away. I know I cannot truly prepare myself, but I can give myself tools to better cope. I would be honored if you checked it out. http://www.tolaughinflowers.com

  32. Thanks for sharing these! Since losing my father last year, I am looking more and more for experiences of loss by other people. In particular of loved ones who committed suicide which opens up a lot of other questions, doubts and pain. I have started to blog myself and found great comfort in it: http://www.grieflessons.blogspot.com

  33. Thank you so much for the help you’re offering. I lost my daughter to breast cancer last year and have maintained my sanity through journaling and raising my two grands. This summer, however, my grief wound was reopened by my son-in-law who unilaterally decided he was moving on without us and we wouldn’t be receiving any of our daughter’s possessions or see our grand dog again. We were completely blindsided. I will not allow his actions to hold me emotionally hostage another day. I am pouring my love and energy into our non profit where we will provide Christmas gifts to the children of metastatic breast cancer. http://www.thekadyhaynesproject.org/

  34. Any website that shares about grief is a benefit to someone. Over at my website, http://www.journeythrugrief.com the discussion is surviving suicide of a child. No parent should have to go through that.

  35. Great article – I would like to share my blog with you too – Living the new normal. I was widowed nearly 12 months ago, my husband was 37 and died 4 weeks after a shock cancer diagnosis. I write with hope for others.. .http://thefuschiatree.blogspot.co.uk/

  36. Time ain’t no healer load of rubbish. U think of ur loved ones that have passed away everyday, u feel the heartache first and wot u go back to is the day they passed away. People say dont remember them like that think of them how they were. Impossible u cant may be people can. U only smile and think of the good memories wen ur around family and friends who were in their life. There is no words you can put together to describe how u feel. I hate it wen people have said dunno how u cope cos I cudnt. U don’t it’s a life time of suffering.

  37. Thanks for posting these. Some days can be hard and just reading other people’s experiences can make you feel like you’re not alone in your feelings.
    Today I posted on my blog my own short advice of sorts on how to deal with grief if anyone would like to read it or think it might help them. http://bit.ly/1CxxJW6

  38. Just found this wonderful site. When my husband died suddenly in 2011 i was completely lost, i couldn’t believe this could happen to me at 40 years old. as a personal therapy i began to write a blog about my bereavement journey, and in turn began to heal, i’m still blogging. i had to take a break when my mum died in 2013. Here’s the link: https://panicatthepantoblog.wordpress.com/

  39. Thanks for the helpful resources. Just passed the one year mark. Ugh


  40. These are great resources! I’m the coordinator for the Fairhaven Grief Blog and I’m always looking for guest bloggers on the topic of grief and bereavement. You can find the blog at http://fairhavengriefblog.com. We’ve had some wonderful past guests from authors like hospice nurse Heidi Telpner (she wrote One Foot in Heaven) to Dr. Debra Holland (she wrote the Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving) as well as Gary Roe and Sandy Rosen.

  41. You’re welcome, Eleanor! Thanks for allowing me to share, and thanks again for your article. Our hope is that the bereaved will find a safe place to share, and find comfort and healing in reading each other’s posts. Cheers! 🙂

  42. Thank you for this post, Eleanor. I really liked it when you said,

    “…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.”

    We’ve just launched a new resource for those who are experiencing grief and loss: the Grief Wall. It’s a place to anonymously post your feelings of bereavement, and is the first of our “Healing Walls.”

    Our hope is that it will be helpful to the grieving, and a resource to those who are helping them along. Thanks again for the article, friend.

    (Anyone interested can find the Grief Wall here: http://www.griefwall.org)

  43. http://www.redesign08.blogspot.com
    This christmas it will be 4 years that I have lost my husband and 1 week later my mother. Once believing that time would be my new best friend I have learned there is no hiding from grief. My blog started with just family news and turned into a journal of cancer, doctor appointments, treatments, grief and recovery. Writing has helped relieve the pressure but knowing there are those out there who have followed my path is what has helped me the most.
    Peace and Light,

  44. Beautiful site, insightful blogs. Giving voice to the bereaved in a world that recoils from it is great mission. I am directing a documentary film about bereavement; see the trailer on http://www.thelongestroaddocumentary.com or the Facebook page The Longest Road – The Documentary https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Longest-Road-The-Documentary/712045378849966
    Keep up the good work!

  45. I write at HowMySaviorLeadsMe.blogspot.com about the loss of our twelve year old son, giving God the glory for strength and peace through this hard walk. My book, by the same name, is available on my website.

  46. I am so thrilled that you have such an inspiring collection of blogs to encourage us in a culture riddled by loss. I thought you might be interested in a whole other take on grieving in the book BARE – The Misplaced Art of Grieving and Dancing. Not a blog, but the book is full of many individual stories and encouraging perspectives that give permission to live fully when facing pain and loss. It looks at the body-and-soul-relieving effects of dance and addresses the need to grieve losses of all sorts from divorce, to miscarriage, to chronic illness, to abuse, to the death of dreams, to the death of close ones. Check out more at http://www.sandyrosen.com/new-book.html. It includes a free chapter and dance video connected to the theme.

  47. Nathalie HimmelrichJuly 31, 2014 at 4:44 amReply

    I love to add http://www.grievingparents.net – special blog/site for Couples healing after the loss of their Child.
    Thank you for the good work! All Love, Nathalie

  48. The Grief Toolbox is great! Lots of independent writers that acknowledge and write about grief from personal & professional experience. Lots of poems, quotes that sometimes is just enough for ” that day”…. Check it out.

  49. My blog/business launched in January 2014. It’s about all kinds of grief from all kinds of perspectives.

  50. Thanks for sharing these resources Eleanor.. They are a great help.

    • Grief “Does” take the strangest form
      My dad who I was very close to, passed away on Sunday January 12.2014 as a result of a car accident, he did not pass right away, but due to his injuries, he later passed away at the hospital.
      I think my biggest thing I struggle still to this day, is everytime I listen to a song that reminds me of him either as a child or an adult, I begin to cry….sometimes I think I haven’t fully grieved his loss. Other times I think maybe I feel guilty because I turned down the chance to see him that day. That will be something I will always struggle with in my mind.
      So today I played a song that reminded me of him when I was a little girl, halfway thru the song, I lost it. I could not contain my tears. Sometimes I can talk to my children about it, but I feel like they think I should be done grieving by now.
      I had lost my mom just 6 months before his accident. Its been a tough couple of years. I miss both of them so much. But I know I can be close to him still, when I hear a song that he loved so long ago.

  51. Letters2larry is a blog written by a 40 year old woman whose husband dies suddenly in a motorcycle accident. She has twin boys age two, and writes letters to her dead husband to try and work through her grief. It reads like a novel…check it out: letters2larry.com.

  52. Thanks so much for sharing these links! They are so wonderful, and so informative. My Mom passed away last year, and it’s been really hard for me to get back on the track of regular life. It’s been especially hard, because I have two younger children, and they don’t quite understand why I feel grief, and sometimes don’t have as much energy as I did before. My husband and I have been thinking about going to see a grief counselor. He thinks that it would be good for me to have a healthy place to deal with my grief, and be able to mourn in healthy ways with the soul purpose to heal. I loved reading the stories of others who have grieved and healed from it.

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  53. Thank you so much for sharing these they really help. I also blog about grief often in article form but mostly video. I would love your feedback. thanks again Kacee Bree KaceeBree.com HOPE IN THE HARD TIMES

  54. I’ve been documenting my experiences with grief since my partner died 4 years ago. Some posts are unrelated, but I always go back to it. For me grief is very much like a circle, the parts I think are behind me always come back around.

  55. Jessica, I look forward to seeing more of it. I’m sorry about the death of your parents. Congratulations though on getting married and your two beautiful babies.


  56. I am 21 and have just started a blog about grief and dealing with it as its not really a topic of discussion. When you loose someone you feel really left in dark so i wanted to let people that have gone through what i have know that theres a bright light at the end of a very sadden tunnel.
    Check it out.
    Ive only just posted one post but ill be sure get few good ones up very very soon.
    If i help one person thats just an accomplishment .

    • Hello,
      We’re raising £1500 to To fund the deposit & Funiture. He just needs a little help to get back on his feet and back in his own place after what hes been through. .
      Please donate to my JustGiving Crowdfunding Page and help make it happen:


      Thanks for your support

      PS. With JustGiving Crowdfunding anyone can raise money to fund their own project – anything from setting up a foodbank, to buying a wheelchair for a relative or even saving a local football club. Want to raise money to make good things happen? Start your Crowdfunding Page today.

  57. I am so sorry for your recent loss. No, grief is not at all unique…I suppose it’s only our experience with it that is. I hope you have found something here helpful and I wish you peace as you continue to deal with the death of someone you love.

  58. I’m at the 4 month mark and I am starting to sense other people’s impatience with my process. But I’m also realizing that my grief is not unique. Death is a part of life and living. A BIG part. Everyone I know has lost someone, many this past year. Many too young. Thanks for shedding some light on it.

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  59. Thanks for sharing your blog with us, Victoria. I look forward to checking it out!

  60. Thanks so much- We will definitely check this out- certainly a timely topic and very needed!

  61. Thanks for your site…so much grief, so little support…you’ve put together some great resources!

    This Saturday, 11/30 at 11AM CST I’m interviewing Hospice Chaplain, Gary Roe, about his new book, “Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief During Special Seasons”… it might be a good resource for you as well!


  62. I love your site. I’m a doctor writing a blog too about losing my 15 yr old son suddenly. I thought it might help some parents. x

  63. Of course! We are always happy to learn about others around the web blogging about grief! We will definitely check it out.

  64. I was wondering if you would be willing to take a look at my blog at griefspeaksout.com. It gets between 2,000 and 4,000 hits a month and although I am a widow it is read by people suffering all types of grief. Grief counselors and teachers are welcome to use any post with or without attribution. My Facebook page which is only a little over 3 months old at Facebook.com/GriefSpeaksOut has 156,000 likes from almost every country in the world. I am not marketing anything – I would just like to reach as many people as possible as my writing seems to be of help. Thank you. 🙂

  65. Thanks for sharing Angie! We are hoping other people will share their favorites too. We thought these five were just a good place to get started! For those who want to check our Widow’s Voice their site is http://widowsvoice-sslf.blogspot.com/

  66. Widow’s voice is the best grief blog and it’s not on this list….

  67. David, from Hello GriefJuly 16, 2013 at 10:04 amReply

    Thank you so much for including Hello Grief in your list!

  68. Marty Tousley (@GriefHealing)July 15, 2013 at 10:44 amReply

    Thank you, dear Eleanor, for naming my Grief Healing blog as one of your favorites ~ and I can say the same for your own What’s Your Grief? blog! Like you and Litsa, I am passionate in my belief that the most effective way to navigate the grief journey is to find out all we can about it: to learn not only what is normal (and therefore predictable and to be expected) in grief, but also to discover all the many ways others have found to deal with it. Sooner or later, significant loss will happen to all of us, because it is part of living, and we are wise to learn all we can about how to manage it.

    • Hello,
      We’re raising £1500 to To fund the deposit & Funiture. He just needs a little help to get back on his feet and back in his own place after what hes been through. .
      Please donate to my JustGiving Crowdfunding Page and help make it happen:


      Thanks for your support

      PS. With JustGiving Crowdfunding anyone can raise money to fund their own project – anything from setting up a foodbank, to buying a wheelchair for a relative or even saving a local football club. Want to raise money to make good things happen? Start your Crowdfunding Page today.

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