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Death, Dying, and Grief

Browse at your leisure. Each site listed is identified by name and includes a brief review by a student. This page will be updated often.

Death & Dying is a website with links to many topics on grief. It is a sponsored site so there are advertisements linked to it. It would be a helpful site to a lay person looking for support groups, books, etc. There is on-line therapy advertised, links for teens, spirituality, and many more links. This is a good starting place for someone looking for information on the grief process. ~Diane~

Caring Bridge is for individuals and families that have loved ones who are experiencing or recovering from chronic illness. This website is really cool in that a person can write a daily submission telling people how the individual who is chronically ill is doing, or the chronically ill person can submit an update themselves. This website also includes a patient journal, photos, and a guest book where people from all over the world, as long as they have internet access, can write words of encouragement in the person’s journal. I recently used this website with my family and friends this last spring when my son’s godmother was dying of cancer and we were not able to always be with her due to her lengthy and unpredictable hospital stays. {Shawn}

The Alive Alone website is directed toward parents whose only child or all children are deceased. It provides a self-help network of publications and articles that promote communication and healing, assist in grief resolution, and help parents develop a means to reinvest their lives for a positive future. This website is client oriented, but has useful articles for counselors as well.

Alexandra Kennedy is an author who has written extensively on the subject of grief. Her website contains extremely useful information on strategies for grieving, the seven tasks of grieving, creating a sanctuary, the ten steps to grieving the loss of a parent, how you can support a grieving friend, and writing a letter to a deceased loved one. This website has useful information for both counselors and clients.

The Parents of Murdered Children website is directed at parents who have had a child that was murdered. This website provides ongoing emotional support needed to help parents and other survivors facilitate the reconstruction of a “new life” and to promote a healthy resolution of the crisis. Topics such as sibling grief, crisis intervention, and available supports are also covered. This site would be appropriate for both counselors and clients.

Griefnet is an on-line counseling support group created by Dr. Cendra Lynn, Ph.D. Dr. Lynn practices as a clinical psychologist who specializes in the areas of grief and loss. The site is designed for those persons dealing with death or major loss. Users can log on and provide as well as receive support. Services are free of charge, which enables those who may be unable to afford help in their community seek some form of meaningful help. The site has a library available for finding books related to grief and loss. For the member who wants to do something special for his or her loved one, a section of the site can be used to make dedications in the form of poems, personal stories, etc. Finally, Griefnet serves as a link to KIDSAID, the daughter website to Griefnet, which helps children dealing with grief. This site was created by Dr. Lynn’s daughter. Children can support each other. Parents can also suggest books or other sites that may be help.

K-States Veterinary Hospital Offers Pet Loss Counseling site was prepared by Robyn Horton and is about the Kansas State University Hospital of Veterinary Medicine. It tells of how the school offers free group counseling sessions for owners who are having trouble coping with the death or terminal illness of a pet. The site stresses how the school is offering a support system for people who often do not receive enough support through family, friends, and co-workers, and also stresses the significance of losing a pet. I found this site to be helpful and actually touching because I personally have lost beloved pets during my life. Therefore, I feel that the counseling being offered is a valuable resource to all the animal lovers who sadly must say good-bye. [Lorie]

As a unique consumer organization, Partnership for Caring is dedicated to increasing our awareness of the challenges and opportunities associated with life’s end. It is a national, nonprofit organization composed of individual consumers, consumer organizations, health care professionals, and health care organizations advocating for needed changes in professional and public policy and health care systems to improve care for dying persons and their families. They seek to foster a society in which death and dying are respected as significant life-cycle events. Issues dealt with include palliative care, hospice care, life closure, financial concerns, and adequate pain management. They are involved with legislative efforts, including the requirement that federally-funded schools of medicine, nursing, and social work include palliative care in their curricula, and with insurance legislation to require disclosure if a plan does not include coverage for pain assessment, pain management, hospice, and palliative care services and home health care for the terminally ill. Information is available on advance directives, including state-specific living wills, health care proxies, and durable power of attorney for health care. [Linda]

Dying Well defines wellness through the end of life. Dr. Ira Byock, a past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, provides a variety of resources aimed at empowering people with life-threatening illness and their families to live fully. There are articles and editorials, a discussion guide for Dr. Byock’s book Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life, information on the Missoula Experiment (how a small town learned to make dying a part of life), a long list of recommended books, and several web resources. The Grief Series is a set of artworks that form a chronology of loss, grief, and healing. The site is well done and user friendly. The artwork, however, took a long time to load with each work loading individually. For me, it was not worth the wait and I did not look at more than a couple of the artworks before moving on. [Linda]

On September 10-13, 2000, PBS aired a series titled “On Our Own Terms—Dying at Home” with Bill Moyers. The website created for this series is very user- and consumer-friendly with a wealth of information and resources. The program and the site deal with balancing medical intervention with care and comfort at the end of life. It gives solutions for finding a better death and options for humane care for the dying. End of Life Tools features short audio clips from the TV series and related articles. Care Options adds to the audios and articles with a Diary of Dying by a man who was dying of ALS and the people who cared for him. Two physicians discuss physician-assisted suicide in the Final Days section. There is also an area entitled Therapy and Support with audios, articles, and information on how art and music can aid in both the healing and the dying process. Community Action offers a discussion guide with essays and articles on end-of-life care and much more. You can find local connections such as Forbes Hospice in Pittsburgh and a series of newsletters about the progress of the On Our Own Terms project and local coalitions. Resources will lead to a multitude of websites on the four areas listed above (End of Life Tools, etc.) as well as a list of books, journals, newsletters, videos, and music on the subject. Talk About It features discussion forums and even a transcript of the on-line forum with Bill Moyers on September 12. There is even a Help Guide to assist you if you are having trouble printing articles or using discussion boards, etc. The only problem is finding time to explore all the resources available on this site. [Linda]

Association for Death Education and Counseling offers a membership in ADEC and member services. What I found useful were links under Resources on the Web. This section includes links to web resources specifically pertaining to death and grieving issues. (Matt)

This religious tolerance site is helpful in finding laws on physician-assisted suicide and accounts of physician-assisted suicide in different states. It explains rights people have concerning deciding to take their own life. Statistics on physician-assisted suicides are listed, as well as reasons why people wanted to die. Physicians explain why they would aid in a suicide or why they would not. It tells the conditions under which a person can undergo physician-assisted suicide and the latest Supreme Court rulings on the subject. This site contains the most recent developments in physician-assisted suicides and provides essays, other websites, and various resources for more information on the topic. [Carrie]

The Dougy Center website is geared towards helping children handle grief and loss. The center was built to assist grieving children and their families. The mission of the Dougy Center “is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences as they move through their grief process.” There is no fee to attend the sessions, which are held in their Oregon location. This center reminds me of Pittsburgh’s own Caring Place, which has the late Fred Rogers as its spokesperson. (Jenna)

Highmark Caring Place is an excellent organization for anyone dealing with grief from the death of a loved one. The Highmark Caring Place was established to provide no-cost help to children, adolescents, and their families dealing with grief through one-on-one and group counseling and activities. I have volunteered with this organization and it is a great organization to be involved with. The website is an excellent resource for both families and professionals and provides information about the organization as well as numerous references and links to additional help. (Traci)

The Highmark Caring Place is a program developed to help families cope with the loss of a loved one. Parents or caregivers who have a child that loses someone close to them, whether it be a parent, grandparent, sibling, or close friend, can find resources on this website, including some ways to talk to children about death, terminal illnesses, and remembering those they’ve lost. The program focuses on children and allowing them to talk to peers who have also experienced a loss in order to heal and grow. Several centers are open throughout eastern and central Pennsylvania to provide direct access to grieving resources for local families. (Adrienne - 10)

The Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support helps people through the grieving process. The site offers a list of local support groups, a library, news articles, and a newsletter. The website is very simplistic and calming. I think it is especially helpful because it offers tips on dealing with grief and also has resources for dealing with grief in the workplace. I thought that was very unique. (Michelle - 10) is a website for women who have had previous abortions and details some of the symptoms and feelings that may be experienced after an abortion procedure, even if the procedure occurred many years ago. The website contains true stories, FAQs, and resources available to those who feel they may be experiencing symptoms after having an abortion. While the website does have religious undertones, it emphasizes the struggle of a woman to choose an abortion and that the aftermath may not be easy to cope with, but that forgiving oneself for a past decision is the first step in the healing process. (Adrienne - 10)

The Compassionate Friends is an organization devoted to helping parents, grandparents, and siblings cope with the death of a child. For a parent, the loss of a child goes against the natural order of the life cycle. The organization was founded on the idea that the support parents who have lost children can give to each other is more beneficial and therapeutic than psychotherapy. Chapters can be found in all fifty states, and on-line support is even offered in the form of an on-line chat session for those who may not feel comfortable with personal interaction or for those who don’t live close to a local chapter. (Adrienne - 10)

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