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“Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep”
– Unknown


Bereaved Family Support

“Especially when you’re grieving… Remember to take care of yourself with kindness, compassion, and without judgement.”


Online Grief Support

Bereaved Parents of Childhood Cancer (Facebook Group)

Parents who lost children to cancer (Facebook Group)

Momcology – Bereaved (Facebook Group)

Compassionate Friends (Facebook Group) –

Bereaved Parents of the USA (Facebook Group) –

Southern ME Chapter of Bereaved Parents of the USA (Facebook Group)

Helping Parents Heal (Facebook Group)

Helping Children with Grief

What’s Your Grief (Facebook Group)

Still Standing Magazine (Facebook Group)

Coping with Death and Grief – The Bereavement Process Explained

Tom Zuba, Permission to Mourn (Tom Zuba on fb) – 

David Kessler, (David Kessler on fb) –

“i. cry.
for the life you lived
and the one you didn’t.”
– Unknown


Bereavement Retreats and Trips

“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love.
It’s all the love you want to give but cannot.
All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes,
the lump in your throat, and in that hollow part of your chest.
Grief is just love with no place to go.”
– Unknown


Bereaved Sibling Camps

“A mother always carries her children.
Sometimes she carries their life.
Sometimes she carries their death.
But she will always carry them, no matter where they are.”
– Rachel Lewis


Books Dealing With Grief and the Afterlife. 
  • It’s Ok That you’re Not Ok. Megan Devine.
  • On Grief and Grieving. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessle
  • Transcending Loss. Ashley Davis Bush
  • To Heaven and Back. Mary Neal, MD
  • Permission to Mourn. Tom Zuba
  • Becoming Radiant. Tom Zuba
  • Bearing the Unbearable. Joanne Cacciatore, PhD
  • Grief Is A Journey. Dr. Kenneth J. Doka.
  • Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul. Jack Canfield & Mark Hansen
  • Imagine Heaven. John Burke.
  • Transcending Loss. Ashley Davis Bush.
  • The Unspeakable Loss of a Child. Nisha Zenoff.
  • Living After Losing A Child. Ellen Mitchell.
  • The Grief Club. Melody Beattie
  • Please Be Patient I’m Grieving. Gary Roe.
  • Shattered Surviving the Loss of a Child. Gary Roe.
  • From Mother to Mother On the Loss of a Child. Emily R. Long
  • Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. David Kessler.
  • Many Lives, Many Masters. Brian L. Weiss, M.D.
  • Adventures of the Soul. James Van Praagh
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife – Eben Alexander
  • I Am Enough. Marissa Peer
  • Signs-The Secret Language of the Universe. Laura Lynne Jackson
  • A to Z Healing Toolbox. Susan Hannifin-MacNab
  • When Heaven Calls by Matt Fraser
    Through A Season of Grief by Bill Dunn
    A Place Called Heaven by Dr. Robert Jeffress
    Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst (this is the current one I’m reading)
    I Didn’t See That Coming by Lysa TerKeurst
    I Wasn’t Ready To Say Goodbye by Brook Noel
    Getting Past What You’ll Never Get Over by John Westfall
    There is more to life than this by Theresa Caputo




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