Helping Yourself & Others

If you are suffering from complicated grief there are things you might be able to do to help yourself.

Practicing Self-Compassion

Most of us try to be compassionate to others, but often we are not compassionate to ourselves. We often find it difficult to practice self-compassion even when we are always very kind and understanding of other people. People with complicated grief almost always have difficulty with self-compassion. We want to help you learn about self-compassion and ways to practice it.

Managing Difficult Times

Most bereaved people experience surges in sadness and longing at different times, but over time they find ways to comfort themselves. People with complicated grief have trouble doing this. Anticipating and planning can help you feel less out of control and powerless. We want to help you learn ways to cope with grief during difficult times of the year.

If you know someone with complicated grief you might be feeling helpless and frustrated. There might be something to do that would help.

Books

It can sometimes be helpful to read about other people’s experiences with grief to navigate your own grief. We have compiled a select list of books on bereavement, grief, and loss that may be helpful.

If you know someone with complicated grief you might be feeling helpless and frustrated. There might be something to do that would help.

Providing Good Support

Most people do not grieve well alone. People typically gather around a bereaved person and provide comfort and solace. It is more difficult to support a person with complicated grief. Friends can become frustrated and relationships can falter. We want to help friends and family members understand CG and find ways to rebuild their relationship to their bereaved friend.