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Grief Resources

Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is a positive first step in the grieving process. Family members and friends get a chance to say their goodbyes and, at the same time, they get to share strong feelings with one another.

In the days, weeks, and months following the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement, and guidance. For that reason, many local and national support groups have formed. These groups provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process.

Recognizing that the time following a funeral can be a very difficult time of adjustment and change, Weeks' Funeral Homes provides a comprehensive follow-up program for the families we serve. This includes:

  • Information about adult grief as well as children's grief 
  • Funeral directors who meet with children to answer questions 
  • A list of helpful community resources 
  • An annotated list of books on loss and grief issues 
  • Opportunities to participate in professionally facilitated grief support groups 
  • Informational seminar: "Handling the Holidays" 
  • A special Christmas Memorial Service 
  • A library of books on loss and grief 

Aftercare Library

General Bereavement

HOLIDAYS AND HOPE by Cardinal Funeral Homes 

THE LONELINESS WORKBOOK – A GUIDE TO DEVELOPING & MAINTAINING LASTING CONNECTION by Copeland 

LIFE AFTER LOSS by Bob Deits 

LIVING WITH GRIEF: WHEN ILLNESS IS PROLONGED by Doka 

LIVING WITH GRIEF: AFTER A SUDDEN LOSS with book and video by Doka 

THIS THING CALLED GRIEF by Ellis 

DOES ANYONE ELSE HURT THIS BAD AND LIVE? by Eneroth 

HEARTPEACE: HEALING HELP FOR GRIEVING FOLKS by Gilbert 

WHAT HELPED ME WHEN MY LOVED ONE DIED by Grollman 

HELLO FROM HEAVEN by Guggenheim 

ROSES IN DECEMBER: COMFORT FOR THE GRIEVING HEART by Heavilin 

GETTING BACK TO LIFE WHEN GRIEF WON’T HEAL by Kosminsky 

REMEMBERING WITH LOVE MESSAGES OF HOPE FOR THE FIRST YEAR OF GRIEVING ANY BEYOND by Levanh and Ilse 

HOW TO GO ON LIVING WHEN SOMEONE YOU LOVE DIES by Rando 

THE GIFT OF A MEMORY by Richmond 

SURVIVING GRIEF & LEARNING TO LIVE AGAIN by Sanders 

A GRACE DISGUISED: HOW THE SOUL GROWS THROUGH LOSS by Sittser 

ABC’S OF HEALTHY GRIEVING by Smith & Jeffers 

A DECEMBERED GRIEF by Smith 

GRIEVERS ASK by Smith 

RAINBOWS AND RAIN FINDING COMFORT IN TIMES OF LOSS by Waterfal 

AWAKENING FROM GRIEF by Welshons 

ABOUT MOURNING – SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE FOR THE BEREAVED by Weizmann & Kamm 

UNDERSTANDING GRIEF: HELPING YOURSELF HEAL by Wolfelt 

THE JOURNEY GRIEF: REFLECTIONS ON HEALING by Wolfelt 

HEALING A FRIEND’S GRIEVING HEART – 100 PRACTICAL IDEAS by Wolfelt 

HEALING YOUR GRIEVING SOUL by Alan Wolfelt 

ON GRIEVING THE DEATH OF A FATHER by Harold Ivan Smith 

DON'T TAKE MY GRIEF AWAY FROM ME by Doug Manning 

GRIEF SKILLS FOR LIFE by Judy Oaks Davidson 

MEN DON'T CRY ...WOMEN DO by Terry Martin & Kenneth Doka 

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SUFFER: A HANDBOOK FOR MOVING BEYOND LIFE'S CRISES by Judy Tatelbaum 

SIMPLE ACTS OF MOVING FORWARD by Vinita Hampton Wright 

THE ART OF CONDOLENCE by Leonard Zunin & Hilary Zunin

Helping Children and Teens

35 WAYS TO HELP A GRIEVING CHILD by The Dougy Center 

HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH DEATH by The Dougy Center 

HELPING THE GRIEVING STUDENT: A GUIDE FOR TEACHERS by The Dougy Center 

WHEN DEATH IMPACTS YOUR SCHOOL A GUIDE FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS by The Dougy Center 

CHILDREN ALSO GRIEVE – TALKING ABOUT DEATH AND HEALING by Goldman 

WHEN A FRIEND DIES: A BOOK FOR TEENS ABOUT GRIEVING AND HEALING by Grollman 

THE DYING AND THE BEREAVED TEENAGER by Morgan 

WHEN A CHILD YOU LOVE IS GRIEVING by Smith 

A CHILDS'S VIEW OF GRIEF (book and video) by Wolfelt 

A PARENTS GUIDE TO RAISING GRIEVING CHILDREN by Phyllis R. Silverman and Madelyn Kelly

Suicide

AFTER SUICIDE LOSS by Baugher

A MESSAGE OF HOPE – FOR SURVIVING THE TRAGEDY OF SUICIDE by Harness-Overly 

SUICIDE SURVIVORS HANDBOOK by Trudy Carlson 

SUICIDE: WHY?: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT SUICIDE by Adina Wrobleski

Widowed

WIDOWED by Brothers 

WIDOWED by Brothers 

WAKING UP ALONE GRIEF & HEALING by Cicero 

FINDING YOUR WAY AFTER YOUR SPOUSE DIES by Felber 

A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO LIVING ALONE by Stone 

GETTING TO THE OTHER SIDE OF GRIEF: OVERCOMING THE LOSS OF A SPOUSE by Zonnebelt-Smeenge & DeVries

Loss of a Parent

RECOVERING FROM THE LOSS OF A PARENT by Donnelly 

FINDING YOUR WAY AFTER YOUR PARENT DIES – HOPE FOR GRIEVING ADULTS by Gilbert 

MOTHER LOSS WORKBOOK: HEALING EXERCISES FOR DAUGHTERS by Hambrook and Eisenburg 

WHEN PARENTS DIE: A GUIDE FOR ADULTS by Myers 

GRIEVING THE DEATH OF A MOTHER by Smith 

Loss of a Child- Parental Grief

EMPTY CRADLE, BROKEN HEART by Davis 

THE DEATH OF ADULT CHILDREN THROUGH THE EYES OF GRIEVING PARENTS by Gaber and Bacon 

LOVE NEVER DIES: A MOTHER’S JOURNEY FROM LOSS TO LOVE by Goodman 

WHEN WINTER FOLLOWS SPRING – SURVIVING THE DEATH OF AN ADULT CHILD by Ferguson 

BEFORE AND AFTER MY CHILD DIED by Fischoff 

A SILENT SORROW PREGNANCY LOSS-GUIDANCE AND SUPPORT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY by Kohn and Moffett 

ONLY SPRING: ON MOURNING THE LOSS OF MY SON by Livingston 

MEDITATIONS FOR BEREAVED PARENTS by Osgood 

HELP, COMFORT & HOPE AFTER LOSING YOUR BABY IN PREGNANCY OR THE FIRST YEAR by Lophrop 

HELP YOUR MARRIAGE SURVIVE THE LOSS OF A CHILD by Rosenblatt 

THE WORST LOSS: HOW FAMILIES HEAL FROM THE DEATH OF A CHILD by Rosof 

THE BEREAVED PARENTS' SURVIVAL GUIDE by Rothman 

HOW TO SURVIVE THE LOSS OF A CHILD by Sanders 

FIVE CRIES OF GRIEF – ONE FAMILY’S JOURNEY TO HEALING AFTER THE TRAGIC DEATH OF A SON by Strommen and Strommen 

HEALING A PARENT'S GRIEVING HEART by Wolfelt

Men's Grief

SWALLOWED BY A SNAKE by Golden

GRIEF QUEST: REFLECTIONS FOR MEN COPING WITH LOSS by Miller

MEN AND GRIEF by Staudacher

Local Resources for Grief Support Groups

:: :: General Bereavement Support :: ::

Adult Parental Loss Group (adults over 18)
Mt. View Funeral Home
4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Tacoma, WA
For information Call (253)584-0252
General Bereavement Group Highline Community Hospital
12844 Military Rd. S.
Tukwila, WA
First and Third Wednesday of each month, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Call Ann Tamminen at (206) 439-9059 for information.
MulitCare/Good Sam Hospice
Eight-weeks sessions, meets 3 times per year.
For more information call: (253) 301-6465
Group Health-General Bereavement Group
Meets once a month in Tacoma.
Call Janet Hedgepath for day and time. (253)274-4627
General Open Support Group
Mt. View Funeral Home
4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Multiple Groups
For information Call (253)584-0252
Overlake Hospital
1035 116th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA
Open to the community, no fee Meeting Second & Fourth Monday every month in Conference Room C 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Contact Jerry Nash - (425) 688-5127
General Bereavement Support Group
Franciscan Hospice of Federal Way & Tacoma
Call (253)534-7000 for days and times

:: :: Widowed Groups :: ::

Young Widows Group (under 50)
Mt. View Funeral Home
4100 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Tacoma, WA
1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM
For more information call (253)584-0252 Please call first.
Rebuilders-Social Group
Widower organization providing friendship and social support for men and women.
Meets Sundays at 4:30 p.m. in Puyallup.
Contact: Kathryn, (253)845-1591
Widowed Information and Consultation Services
223 North Yakima
Tacoma, WA
Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
For more information call Betty Arrowsmith at (253)272-8092
Helping Hearts
Neighborhood Community Church Tacoma, WA
Meeting Last Thursday Potluck at 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Sylvia & Bill Stump, (253) 581-2285
Young Widows Group
The Healing Center
Seattle, WA
For specific information call (206)261-6855
Widowed / Lifemates Support Group - For those over 55
Meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays 2:00-3:30p.m. and 2nd & 4 th Wednesday 7.00p.m. at Mt View Funeral Home 4100 Steilacoom Blvd.
SW Tacoma, WA
Call (253)584-0252
Welcoming Widows and Widowers Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Olympia Room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA.
The Group provides practical information, friendship and social support.
Contact: Dorothy (253)697-1781
Widowed Information & Consultation Services
Meets every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. 25810 156th SE
Covington, WA 98042
Contact: Lee (253)630-0324

:: :: Support For Parents :: ::

Memories
Support following the death of an only child or all children.
Meeting First Saturday every month 10:a.m.-12:00p.m.
St. Francis Community Hospital
34515 9th Ave. S
Federal Way, WA
Contact: Belinda Chandler (253)224-3636, call first for room location
Grief Share
Support following the death of a child: 13-week video series
Meets Monday at 7:00p.m.
Contact: Kathy Powers, (253)845-7538
The Compassionate Friends
9714 3rd Ave. NE
Northgate
1st Thursday of each month at 7:30p.m.
4515 9th Ave. S
Federal Way
2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30p.m.
Call Mike Mc Clond (206) 241-1139
12822 124th Lane NE
Kirkland
2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00p.m.
For information contact: Yola @ (206)241-1139
Journey Through the Wilderness of Grief
For pregnancy loss and new born death
Call for starting dates and Tacoma Locations
Contact: Martine DeLisle-Porter (253)403-4515
P.S. Group for Stillbirth and Infant Death
Meets 1st Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Auburn Regional Medical Center Contact: Sara & Bob (253) 238-5219

:: :: Bereavement Support For Children :: ::

Bridges: A Center For Grieving Children
Christ Episcopal Church
310 North K Street
Tacoma, WA
Contact: Darren Wentz at (253)272-8266
Journey: A Grief Support Program
Children's Hospital
4800 Sandpoint Way NE
Seattle, WA
Grief support groups for parent and siblings where there has been a death of a child.
Free, donation requested.
Contact Jackaline Kite (206)526-2062
Safe Crossings
Hospice of Seattle-Providence Homecare
425 Pontius Ave. North #300
Seattle, WA
Meets two times yearly Spring & Fall Call for starting dates.
Contact: Janet duMonceaux @ (206)320-4000 ext. 27219
Support Groups for Children and Teens
The Healing Center
Seattle, WA
For specific information call: (206)261-685

:: :: Suicide Support Groups :: ::

Suicide Survivors Group
333 Kiser Road
Olympia, WA
Meeting: Third Tuesday of every month at
7:30 p.m.
Contact: Janis (360)866-2509
Survivors of Suicide-Auburn
Auburn Fire Station
1101 D St. Auburn, WA
Meeting: Fourth Tuesday every month at
7:00 p.m.
Contact: Joan Tabrum (253)838-8947

:: :: Additional Resources :: ::

Crisis Clinic
Pierce County: (253)759-6700 or (800)576-7764
King Count: (206)461-3222
United Way Helpline
1501 Pacific Ave Suite 310A Tacoma, WA
Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m.-6:00p.m. Contact (253)572-4357
Grief Support for Military
Support for Active duty, Dependants or Retired Military
Madigan Hospital
Call Eileen Stubblefield first at (253)968-3172
Must have phone interview first.

 

 

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