The Crosswalk

A resource for navigating serious illness and end-of-life care decisions

the light remains

"There are some who bring a light so great to the world, that even after thay have gone the light remains." - Anonymous

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Bereavement

Grief is a natural reaction to loss; we can experience it emotionally, spiritually, and physically. When a loved one dies, grief can manifest in ways as unique as each person’s life. There is no one “right” way to grieve but there are resources to support us through this journey. At times we may feel all alone as we walk the path of grief and loss, but while our grief is unique to who we are, we are also part of a community of people who can provide needed perspectives, words of comfort, a listening ear, and the strength to sit with us in our most difficult times. It is important to recognize that there is no “getting over” grief, but by leaning into it with self-compassion and support, we can recognize that each step we take in healing has purpose and meaning. This section provides information and resources that can be accessed online, in local support groups, and through individual bereavement counseling opportunities.

Note: Many hospice providers offer grief counseling (or can refer you to a grief counselor or support group) regardless of whether your loved one was on their service. Contact a local hospice in your area for more information.

finding support through reading

Whether you or someone you know is grieving, reading can help you cope by offering up new perspectives.

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief

Author: Joanne Cacciatore

"If you love, you will grieve—and nothing is more mysteriously central to becoming fully human." 

Understanding your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart

Author: Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD

"Sorrow is an inseparable dimension of our human experience. We suffer after a loss because we are human. And in our suffering, we are transformed."

It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand

Author: Megan Devine

"Some things cannot be fixed; they can only be carried. Grief like yours, love like yours, can only be carried." 

additional resources

Resources below may be accessed online, and include information on subjects such as complicated grief, rituals and traditions, how to support someone who is grieving, and different ways of coping with loss.

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