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Coping With The Loss Of A Loved One

In this section, you will find information about the support offered to you and your family to help you navigate the complex emotions and experience of losing a loved one.

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Nothing can prepare you for the death of a loved one.  Sadness, hopelessness, frustration and anger are only a few emotions experienced when a family member dies.  These emotions are a natural part of the grieving process, but sometimes can seem overwhelming.  Many people find that support can help them learn how to deal with these emotions and understand the grieving process.

Every day in our region, families faced with the death of a loved one are able to look beyond their tragedies to save and improve the lives of others through organ and tissue donation. Making the decision to donate can be life-changing. In this section, you will find information about the process and support offered to you and your family to help you navigate the complex emotions and experience.

Resources

Articles and books about grief and loss can be helpful for those who have lost a loved one, and especially for children.  Gift of Life Family Support Services has gathered a list of age-specific children’s books as well as articles and books for grieving adults.

Find grief resources

Stories of Thanks and Gratitude

When working with organ and tissue transplant recipients, we often hear the phrase, “thank you just isn’t enough.”  How do you thank someone you will never meet who gave you the greatest gift of all; the gift of life?  We hope these stories of thanks and gratitude exemplify the life-changing power of the gifts of organ and tissue donation.

Read stories of gratitude