Introduction

The following booklet has come as a result of listening to hundreds of grieving people who have taught us what they need in the area of support from those around them. Family and friends often back away from the bereaved because they feel awkward and don't know what to do or say, leaving the grieving person feeling even more alone and isolated.

We trust that this booklet might be a helpful guide so that we can extend to those who are grieving the love and support they so desperately need during this time.

It is important to remember that each one's grief is unique. Two people may have lost the same relationship and share some similar feelings but each one, because of their personality, kind of relationship they had with the person who died, cultural background, religious beliefs, will feel and react to the experience of grief in different ways.

In the hundreds of people dealt with through Coping Bereavement Support Groups no two people have ever mourned in exactly the same way. Over the past 15 years as I met and talked with grieving people I would often come home and make notes about what those people taught me about their unique experience with grief. You will read about many of them in this booklet.