Online grief support can be a great comfort after a loss. Loss in many forms can be difficult to accept and move on from. Loss not only includes loss through the death of a loved one but also loss in other areas such as in relationships. Often the best grief support is just having someone to listen or being able to state what is on our minds. This includes not only verbal communication but the internet has given us a world of opportunity to chat with others who have been through the same situation, felt the same losses we have and have found ways to carry on and accept the loss and deal with the grief.
Benefits of Online Grief Support
Sometimes when you are grieving you may prefer to share feelings or emotions you would normally keep hidden from family or friends. When you are using online support to help work through grief you can remain anonymous. The worldwide internet can connect you with people all over the world who have experienced similar loss and through understanding and advice they can help you work through your grief. Various internet sites can offer you counseling, information, coping strategies and most importantly you can share your feelings, emotions, memories and fears which can help you to recover.
Online Grief Support Resources
Online Grief Support – A Social Community – Their motto is “don’t grieve alone”. They have set up a website where you can go to read other peoples posts and journals or write your own. They offer various ‘groups’ for a variety of instances such as the death of a friend, parent, loss of relationships, and loss to cancer. There is a blog feature for journal entries, you can choose to keep this private or make it public. http://www.onlinegriefsupport.com/
Webhealing.com – Offers grief discussion boards where you can discuss issues related to healing and grief with other adults. The site also offers other links, articles and an Honor Page. http://www.webhealing.com/
Linda-Angel – Offers a grief and bereavement forum, resources to grief counseling and support groups and inspirational articles and essays on coping with grief. http://www.linda-angel.com/
Working through the Grieving Process with Online Grief Support
Many online sites offer you the opportunity to tell the story of your loved one creating a memorial that can be shared. You can describe their legacy; create a timeline that will highlight important events throughout their life. Some sites allow the publishing of video clips and photos. You can celebrate the life they lived and share that celebration with others. By documenting and going through the timeline you will begin to work through your grief.