It’s often hard to know what Resources are available within the Grief and Loss community. I have added a few to help make it easier:
- Blog Posts
- Memorial Gifts
- Gift Boxes
- Unique Gifts
It can mean everything to a griever to have a family, friend or community member reach out to them . The simplest of gestures can make all the difference in the world. Here are some sympathy or gift ideas especially for those who have experienced a loss.
Please know I am not a paid affiliate for any of these small businesses or authors. I just love what they have to offer!
Life after loss blog posts by Maryanne Pope from Pink Gazelle Productions:
Little Kittens – They absolutely love creating one-of-a-kind treasures, whether that be keepsake memory items, or warm wooly mittens. Jan thoroughly enjoys sitting down in front of her sewing machine and beginning a new project after dreaming up an awesome design in her mind. She has been seeing since she was 8 years old. She is somewhat of a “perfectionist” and strive to make each item to the best of her ability and slightly different from everything else out there.
The Compassionate Courier – It is through their compassion for the grieving, that The Compassionate Courier was born. It is their desire to bring comfort and hope to doorsteps around the world, reminding others that they are not alone and are remembered during their darkest times. Each box will also contain a personal message from the founders of The Compassionate Courier. Each note of encouragement will include uplifting thoughts, quotes, tips and suggestions on navigating through the unfamiliar journey of grief.
Solace Club – A SolaceClub box is a care package filled with items to help someone grieving the loss of a loved one. After the funeral when everyone has gone home, the SolaceClub box is more than a condolence card or flowers. It is a reminder that others love them and want them to have the tools to help with grief. Our boxes are designed for those grieving the death of a loved one (e.g., mother, father, sister, husband, wife, partner) and who need some support, self-care and tips on coping along the way.
Laurel Box – Offers thoughtfully hand curated gift boxes designed to nourish a woman’s heart after loss. If a friend of yours has recently lost a loved one, you can rest assured that our boxes are designed to nourish a woman’s heart after a loss. If you are currently walking through loss, it is our deep hope that the box you receive makes you feel loved and remembered. We know that no gift can ever replace the people we have lost, but we hope the prayers we pour over those touched by our company can be felt when you open a laurelbox.
Boxes of Hope – Created by a mother/daughter team working together to fill peoples lives with hope, by delivering stylish and lovingly curated boxes to people facing difficulties. Their hope is that people all over the world will receive these special gifts and be reminded that they are loved, braver than they think they are, and that there are people out there rooting for them.
Rachelle-isms – Started out in 2010 with making gifts for family. In 2014, a lot of new changes were brought to the business by bringing meaning and even healing/comfort to others. Sharing her story reached many who were looking for a voice to the pain of child-loss. She encourages other to tell their story through her jewelry.
The Death Deck – Play the new party game that lets you explore a topic we’re all obsessed with but often afraid to discuss. There are 112 cards with a mix of multiple choice and open-ended questions guaranteed to spark lively discussion around the topic of death. Play with partners to try and predict each other’s answers, or all together in a group. No matter how you play, you’ll learn some new things about your friends, your family, and likely yourself.
Heal on Wheels Boutique – This is a mobile grief shop for people to share their stories and sell their creative grief work. They take grief and healing on the road! This is a business that sells soul soothing products, promotes healthy and creative grieving.
Pink Gazelle Cards and Creations – This store on Etsy sells beautiful inspirational quotes, cards, stories & home decor items. The “Life After Loss Daily Quote Cards” sets were designed to help with healing after a significant loss. There are 30 quotes in each set and is a thoughtful gift for someone who is coping with the loss of a loved one.
Shelby Forsythia is the author of Permission to Grieve and the podcast host of Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss. After the unexpected death of her mother in 2013, she became a “student of grief” and set out on a lifetime mission to explore the oft-misunderstood human experience of loss. Through her books, weekly podcasts, and one-on-one grief guidance, she helps grieving people find direction, get support, and cultivate radical self-compassion after devastating loss. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, Bustle, and The Oprah Magazine.
In this book, author Chelsea Hanson helps the reader to discover: Seven practices for healing, including creative memorialization and maintaining an ongoing spiritual connection; skimmable, stand-alone passages with immediate, usable information for the trauma you’re facing; and a transformative method for living a meaningful, fulfilling life in remembrance of your loved one.
Hit by a drunk driver that killed his mother and nearly himself as an infant, Michael Gershe found The Magic of Life. Despite breaking almost all of his bones in the car crash, he went on to become a collegiate swimmer, comedian, college educator, author and professional speaker. The Magic of Life details Michael’s life and how he finally addressed the grief in his life with a blend of humor and inspiration that anyone who has gone through grief can relate to.
Like it’s predecessor Just a Little More Time, this book harnesses the power of words and images to combat grief. Sometimes the stories are funny. Sometimes hopeful. Sometimes inspiring. Always heartfelt, honest, and reflective as the 61 writers and artists move through their grief and remind us that in order to grieve we must first love.
Do you believe in soul mates? What if the death of your soul mate meant the birth of your life-long dream? A Widow’s Awakening is a fictional account based on the true story of a young woman’s struggle to come to terms with the death of her police officer husband who died while investigating a breaking and entering complaint. Engaging, powerful, heart-wrenching, and at times humorous, this honest look at the first year of a widow’s grief captures the immense difficulty of learning how to accept the unacceptable while transforming loss into positive change–and is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.
Heartbreak from the loss of a loved one or from loss of innocence traumatizes the soul, but what if the loss of your baby who was born still could lead you to forgive someone who brutally harmed you and nearly left you for dead? With raw emotion, humor, and courage, Lindsay tells her story of thirteen years of darkness and the power of forgiveness that finally set her free.
The death of a baby, whether through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal loss, or the death of an older child, is the worst experience a parent can endure. Parents often don’t know how – or if – they will survive such an earth-shattering event. This book includes twenty-six heart-wrenchingly honest essays by parents who convey their personal challenges and the ways they coped during the first twelve months after losing a child.
Annah Elizabeth always knew she wanted to marry, to be a mom, and that she wanted to give birth to those babies before she turned thirty. This book is a conversation that transports readers through a story that is often heartbreaking, sometimes humorous, and always filled with a fierce sense of hope. Following the unexpected death of her firstborn, miscarriages, a six-week psychiatric stay for severe depression, and the discovery that her best friend and her husband were having an affair, Annah Elizabeth knew one thing: She didn’t want to spend a lifetime in mourning. And the way she saw it, she had two choices: She was going to die. Or she was going to live…
Robin understands grief due to many losses. She talks about her journey to recovery after the suicide of her former husband. Through her own suffering she has been transformed and found purpose and happiness in her life. Her book will help you understand your grief better. She is a testimony that is possible to live and love life after loss. She wants that for you too!
Storytelling is a powerful tool. Each book in the Grief Diaries series features stories by ordinary people who have walked your journey and offer comfort, understanding, and hope. Titles include: Loss of a Pet, Loss of a Child, Loss of a Sibling, Loss of Health, Loss of a Spouse, Loss of a Parent, Loss By Suicide, Through the Eyes of Men, Hello From Heaven, Project Cold Case and many more.