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Grief Support

Grief is not an illness, but rather a natural and necessary journey that follows the death of someone we love. As such, it deserves our attention and respect, as well as the support of others, if we are to heal.

If someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing.

Express your grief openly. By sharing your grief outside yourself, healing occurs. Ignoring your grief won't make it go away; talking about it often makes you feel better. Find caring friends and relatives who will listen without judging. Avoid people who are critical or who try to steal your grief from you. You have a right to express your grief; no one has the right to take it away. You are beginning a journey that is often frightening, painful, overwhelming and sometimes lonely.

If a friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? To begin with, you can be an active listener. Your physical presence and desire to listen without judging are your critical helping tools. Don't worry so much about what you will say. Just concentrate on listening to the words being shared with you.

You should strive to be compassionate. Give your friend permission to express his or her feelings without fear of criticism. Allow him or her to experience all the hurt, sorrow and pain that he or she is feeling at the time. Enter into your friend's feelings, but never try to take them away.

Funeral & Cremation Care Locations

Bellevue Branch, 1400 112th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Kennewick Branch, , 8350 W. Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick, WA 99336

Vancouver Branch, 4400 NE 77th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98662

Simple Cremation of Washington & Oregon Locations

Simple Cremation of Bellingham, 2232 Pacific Ave., Bellingham, WA 98229

Simple Cremation of Olympia, 400 Union Ave SE, WA 98501

Simple Cremation of Portland, 650 NE Holladay St., Ste 1600, Portland, OR 97232

Simple Cremation of Seattle, 600 Stewart St., Seattle, WA 98101

Simple Cremation of Spokane, 1312 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99201

Simple Cremation of Tacoma, 2101 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402


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Books for Children (to read to or with them)

General Grief Resources

Badger’s Parting Gifts

Where is Grandpa?

Grandma’s Shoes

Where is Heaven? Lifetimes –The beautiful way to explain death to young children  

Books for Parents, Grandparents, and Teachers: Helping Children and Teens to Cope with Loss and Grief:

Death of a Spouse

Talking About Death –A dialog between parent and child –A dialog between parent and child

Guiding Your Child Through Grief

For Those Who Live –Helping children cope with the death of a brother or sister

Death of a Child

When a Friend Dies –A book for teens about grieving and healing

Books on Death and Dying

To Live Until We Say Goodbye

Grief Books and Resources

Peaceful Transition

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