Grief Support Resources
Below are some resources available for you in the days ahead.
We encourage you to take advantage of the ones that are right for you or your family.
Relationships are essential in getting through the days ahead while remaining emotionally stable and healthy. Your pastor, Sunday school or small group leader, or close friends are immensely important and helpful in the days following the loss of your loved one. Don’t be afraid to ask them for some time or help in making it through the process. Your friends would love to help when it’s time to do things like fill out any paperwork or clean out the closet.
Chuck Maxwell is our Aftercare Minister and is a Certified Grief Specialist through the International Grief Institute. He is available for an informal chat over a cup of coffee or a meal. He is also able to recommend professional grief counseling if needed.
Judy Arrington is also a Certified Aftercare Specialist and can guide you to helpful resources for your unique grief journey.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. It is a non-denominational, biblically-based support program. Each gathering features a video seminar and small group discussion. Each person is also given a workbook for journaling and study exercises. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward in rebuilding your life.
Several churches in the Jackson area offer GriefShare groups. Visit griefshare.org to find the group that works for you.
The following websites have excellent material available for all types of grief. Some material is free and some can be purchased.
Grief comes in all kinds of experiences and touches every area of our life. Should you need a particular resource that addresses your specific kind of grief, Arrington can provide a resource to help through our iCare library. Give Chuck a call or send an email and he will be able to identify and get that resource to you.
» Butterfly's Embrace (partnering with Heaven's Cradle) - A family support group for mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other family members of babies who have gone too soon. For information, email [email protected] or call 731-425-6448.
» National Alliance of Grieving Children
- A nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions, and
volunteers who promote best practices, educational
programming, and critical resources to facilitate the
mental, emotional, and physical health of grieving children and their
» Center for Loss & Transition - A leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality.
» Sesame Street’s "When Families Grieve" - The death of a loved one is a pain and often overwhelming experience at any age. While coping with your own grief, you may be faced with talking to your child and death and dying. This link leads to educational videos and activities to support children through grief.
» GriefPlan.com - Videos, resources, newsletter, and an online therapeutic grief program created by Dr. Jason Troyer.
» National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization - An organization committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.
» Funeral Service Foundation's "Grieving Alone Together"
- Below is an eBook to serve as a guide, addressing the challenges of
grieving a loved one's death during the
COVID-19 pandemic and offering guidance on how families can meaningfully
celebrate the life of their loved one.