Blog: insights from Dr. Keren Sofer

Navigating Grief

Words cannot adequately capture the experience of the death of a loved one. This may be why so many experiencing grief have told me they long to connect with others who have also lost a loved one, with the hope that they can feel less alone and afraid. While of course there are no shortcuts when it comes to grieving, these resources about grief and loss, the related emotional responses and strategies for coping, may provide some comfort and understanding of the process.


American Psychological Association : Information on grief

The Center for Complicated Grief : Resources for complicated grief, when over time grief does not loosen its grip

Local Organizations:

The Center for Loss and Bereavement in Skippak, PA (also includes counseling and groups offered and other resources)

Uplift Center for Grieving Children in Philadelphia, PA

Books on Loss for Adults:

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron

Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Deborah Davis

When Your Baby Dies: Through Miscarriage or Stillbirth by Louis Gamino

Books for Coping with Loss from Suicide from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

Books on Loss for Children:

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers, a book for children about death/loss

NYT’s article about books for children about grief