Chapter Eight Links

Here Comes The Sun: Closure for Family and Friends

Hard. Grief is hard. Anyone who has gone through it will tell you that. But they will also tell you that you can get through it. 


Did You Know …

The first holidays will be difficult for your friends and family.

You might want to leave instructions asking them to put together a basket for the food bank in your memory, or make a Christmas ornament that has something to do with a memory of you, or dish out food at the homeless shelter.

That while grief has its stages and you need to go through each of them, you can and should go through them in your own fashion and at your own pace.

When grief becomes extended and begins to alter your life in significant ways, it’s time to get some professional help.

Beach Strangers at Dusk Photograph courtesy of Images by Ruth

Notes & Updates

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Helping Your Friends and Family

Muckross House, Killarney National Park – link broken

About Muckrosss House Gardens

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Memorial Journals – link broken – try link below:

Memorial Party while still here on earth seven choices of grief Kubler Ross official website


Harvard article on complicated grief

The First Christmas After a Death

Journey of Hearts Online place for anyone grieving a loss

Mayo Clinic article on complicated grief


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The Air Crash Support Network Friends Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families Support Services.Org

International Association of Fire Fighters

Lifekeeper Memory Quilts

The National Center for Jewish Healing – Original link broken. Try below:

                                                Additional Websites
Not in book but this site has 115 top sites for cpping with grief and bereavement 
After the Darkest Hour:
How Suffering Begins the Journey to Wisdom
by Kathleen A. Brehony Ph.D.Psychotherapist Brehony has written a thoughtful, upbeat book that stresses that we will all suffer, that we can’t avoid it, and that to do so well will ultimately enrich our lives.