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Grief Resources  
page: 1  2 is a healing place in cyberspace created by a physician who combines medicine, psychiatry, poetry, prose, and images to provide resources and support.The Supportive Care Coalition sponsors, which has a variety of tools and resources and back issues of Supportive Voice, the newsletter of the coalition. includes articles, stories, and poetry related to grief. Readers have full access to archived issues at this website.

Sponsor Message. provides access to grief literature available online. Caring workshops on grief for adults and children are also offered.

Glbtq Grief Websites: is a Usenet newsgroup designed to enable those who grieve from the loss of a loved one to communicate with and support others who are also grieving. There are specific glbtq support groups on the site. is an online community that offers support, understanding, and friendship to gay men and lesbians who have lost a partner or spouse.

GROWW (Grief Recovery Online founded by Widows and Widowers) is an online haven for the bereaved developed by the bereaved. They help members after the loss of a loved one and offer Rainbow Angels, a glbtq chat room and support group. has hosted the AIDS Memorial Quilt, an enormous quilt made as a memorial to aid the celebration of the lives of people who have died of AIDS. is an excellent resource for referrals, publications, and resources related to dealing with grief and loss related to AIDS. is a general grief website that offers special topics for glbtq individuals. has many articles and resources for glbtq individuals. is a mental health-focused website that offers articles and referrals focused on glbtq themes and issues, including grief and loss.

Loss of a Pet: offers pet tributes, memorials, and online resources for grieving pet owners. also offers ways to address the loss of a pet, including tributes and memorials. has an online support group related to the loss of a pet.

General Books on Grief:

The leading experts on the stages of grief and healing, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler, wrote On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss. This up-to-date book includes Kübler-Ross' landmark theory on the stages of grief but also has brief personal stories on topics of sadness, grief dreams, coping, children, healing, and sex during grief.

When Men Grieve: Why Men Grieve Differently and How You can Help, a guide written for men by Elizabeth Levang, shares the stories of men who have dealt with grief and loss. The author discusses the feelings of denial, anger, bitterness, and despair that can manifest themselves when men experience loss.

Glbtq Books on Grief:

The Loss of a Life Partner by Carolyn Ambler Walter addresses the loss of a same-sex partner. Her perspective offers insight into the unique challenges faced by glbtq individuals when they lose a partner, a topic that is rarely discussed in general books on grieving, with the result that the surviving partner of a same-sex union is often neglected.

Detailing her work with many gay and bisexual men with AIDS, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross wrote AIDS: The Ultimate Challenge. This book seeks to bring meaning to the community loss of AIDS. The message is very gay-affirmative and sex-positive and offers a balance to the often negative messages about AIDS.

Stephen Levine has pioneered the use of imagery and healing in his extensive work with gay and bisexual men facing cancer and AIDS. In Unattended Sorrow: Recovering from Loss and Reviving the Heart, Levine seeks to balance the sorrow of grief with a measure of affirmation. He offers meaningful perspectives that allow healing. Levine's classic book Healing into Death and Life uses imagery and guided exercises to assist the individual facing an illness to regain personal control and guide their own healing in a powerful way.

Kevin Donnelly, in Recovering from the Loss of a Loved One to AIDS: Help for Surviving Family, Friends, and Lovers Who Grieve, offers rich information for those surviving the loss of a loved one to AIDS.

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Bridges, William. Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2004.

Donnelly, Kevin. Recovering from the Loss of a Loved One to AIDS: Help for Surviving Family, Friends, and Lovers Who Grieve. New York: Fawcett Books, 1995.

Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth. AIDS: The Ultimate Challenge. New York: Macmillan, 1989.

_____, and David Kessler. On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Levang, Elizabeth. When Men Grieve: Why Men Grieve Differently and How You Can Help. Minneapolis: Fairview Press, 1998.

Levine, Stephen. Healing into Death and Life. New York: Gateway Books, 1989.

_____. Unattended Sorrow: Recovering from Loss and Reviving the Heart. New York: Rodale Press, 2006.

Walter, Carolyn Ambler. The Loss of a Life Partner. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.


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    Author: Price, David  
    Entry Title: Grief Resources  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2008  
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