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All who suffer a loss through death do so in a community. Your community may be small or large. Your community may meet your needs for support, or it may withdraw sooner than you wish. How your community responds to you becomes part of your story of loss.

You may need additional support outside your usual community. It is often helpful to be with those whose stories seem similar to your own. An intimacy may be created built on a common experience rather than length of knowing one another.

All support groups for the bereaved began by a few individuals getting together to help each other. Take Compassionate Friends for example. This international support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child began by a minister in England introducing one set of grieving parents to another. Now there are 650 chapters meeting monthly to offer a safe place to parents, grandparents and siblings who mourn.

Be willing to seek new communities if you need more support. These communities may be formal meetings, or informal or online gatherings. Giving words to your grief in a safe place with others who mourn may offer extra comfort in this season of loss.

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Getting Grief Right

by Dr. Patrick O'Malley

A masterpiece that will touch your heart and soul with healing powers. • A compassionate, wise, and practical guide • A must read for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.


Grief Therapist

Dr. Patrick O’Malley is a psychotherapist in Fort Worth, Texas, who specializes in grief counseling. For 40 years, he has counseled individuals, couples and families
in his private practice.


Getting Grief Right

by Dr. Patrick O'Malley

By the time Mary came to see me, six months after losing her daughter to sudden infant death syndrome, she had hired and fired two other therapists. She was trying to get her grief right...

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