Grief

Useful Websites

Sesame Street: Children's Grief

Grief is complex; it encompasses a wide range of emotions that can come and go in waves. Use these tips, videos, children's story, and guide to help your family communicate with one another, express emotions, and begin the process of moving forward. You are not alone. And with time, you and your family will experience new happy moments together. Click here for more information.

 

Full Circle Grief Center

This manual has been created and produced by professionals from Full Circle and brings together all of the available local resources as well as age-appropriate grief education. This manual is a resource to be utilized by professionals, grieving families, and those supporting those who are grieving. Click here for access to the manual. 

 

Unspoken Grief

This site is for anyone touched by perinatal grief and offers everyone the opportunity to share their grief and heal through writing. Many personal stories of dealing with grief and lets the reader know they are not alone. Click here for more details. 

 

Center for Loss and Transition

Founded in 1983 by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, the Center for Loss and Life Transition is dedicated to “companioning” grieving people as they mourn significant transitions and losses that transform their lives. We help mourners, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and both professional and lay caregivers, by serving as an educational resource and professional forum. Click here for more details.

 

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

This website has a great variety of resources for survivors of suicide. Click here for more information. 

 

Scholastic: Children and Grief

Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe. Click here for information on their children and grief support materials. 

Grief Support Groups

Arbor Hospice

Arbor Hospice understands the significance of losing a loved one and the impact it can have on an individual.
Arbor Hospice's Grief Support Services staff consists of Masters-level clinicians who are specially trained to work with grief-related issues. Arbor Hospice offers a variety of support groups and programs throughout the year. Six and eight-week support groups that meet regularly include:

  • Adult Loss of a Parent 
  • Loss of Spouse or Partner
  • Moving Through Grief: General Loss

Other groups, such as Loss of a Child or Men's Loss are offered periodically throughout the year as well. You do not have to be in Arbor Hospice to participate in their groups.

For more information, click here.

 

Obituary mailing list signup

You may use this form to sign up for our obituary mailing list.

Local GriefShare support group starting

It hurts to lose someone. Find help at GriefShare.

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

 

GriefShare will be starting March 16, 2016 at the Dexter United Methodist Church.

Meetings will be held Wednesday evenings 7-9 pm for 13 weeks beginning March 16th. Registration fee is $20 (which includes the workbook), and you can register by calling Steve Bringardner at 426-8480 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You are welcome to begin attending our GriefShare group at any point. Each session is "self-contained", so you do not have to attend in sequence. 

Benefits of Pre-Arrangement

There are many benefits to planning your funeral services in advance:

TOGETHERNESS: You can openly share your desires and wishes, and listen to input from your extended family.  Nobody is left wondering what you would have wanted.

NO PRESSURE: When pre-planning a funeral, there is plenty of time to consider the options and make careful, thoughtful decisions.  You can choose a gravesite on a warm, sunny day, think about which casket or urn you would like, and revise the obituary until it is perfect.  

CONSIDER THE COSTS: Pre-planning lets you compare costs, and decide what services and merchandise will best suit your circumstances.  You can get an estimate, take it home, and think about it before making a final decision.

PAYMENTS:  You can make payments on a pre-arranged funeral, with no interest charges. Some families have difficulty coming up with the financial resources at the time of a death.

PRE-PAID FUNDS ARE PROTECTED: If set up properly, pre-paid funerals are not counted as assets when the owner applies for medicaid.  Even if medicaid is not needed, most of our pre-paid funerals are guaranteed, meaning your family gets the goods and services you purchased at no additional expense.  In short, pre-payments allow you to freeze the costs at today’s prices.

PEACE OF MIND: When a death occurs in any family the grief is tremendous and the healing takes time.  Most people feel good knowing that everything is prepared in advance, and the survivors will not be struggling to make difficult decisions while under stress.

 

You have two choices: Plan ahead, or wait until death forces you to make arrangements. 

If you choose to plan ahead, whether you want to pre-pay or not, please call or e-mail us today.