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Coping with Grief and Loss

No one should have to grieve alone. We're here to support you through your journey.

Mourning is an intimate and unique experience for each of us. If you or someone you know experiences loss, the new emotions may feel overwhelming and confusing. Feeling this way is natural and even necessary.

Helping Others Grieve



Some people may not be looking for advice but rather an open ear to vent their feelings. Let the grieving person lead the conversation.


Acknowledging grief reactions lets the person know the emotions they feel are natural and necessary. You should never pass judgement on how well a person is coping with a loss.


Offer to be there, but accept if they wish to spend time alone. It is important to respect needs for privacy.


Many individuals and cultures have different ways of processing grief. It is important to respect perspectives about death that may differ from your own.

What Not to Say

Going through grief, which is being experienced by so many people these days, can leave a lasting imprint on the brain and can cause a myriad of symptoms. It can make people feel sad, depressed, unable to concentrate, edgy, anxious, or irritable, and can cause trouble sleeping. If you know someone who’s mourning the loss of a loved one, you may wonder what you should say, or what you shouldn’t say. Here are things you should avoid:

  • ‘They lived a long life’
  • ‘Only the good ones die young’
  • ‘God works in mysterious ways’
  • ‘I know how you feel’
  • ‘That happened to me. You’ll get over it’

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Additional Grief Resources

Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP)

A community for those who have lost a loved one through Substance Use Disorder.

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends non-profit organization exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the natural grieving process.

Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS)

TAPS provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one.

Partnership to End Addiction

It can be devastating to lose a family member to substance use or an overdose. With the help of our peer parent coaches who have navigated this terrible loss, we have complied a list of resources we hope can help bring healing.

SAFE Stories

These narratives have the potential to inspire you to discover hope and envision a path forward. Remember, you are not alone in this journey.

“It Will Never Happen to Me,” Until it Did

From Trauma to Healing: A Journey of Family, Addiction, and Resilience

Sam Elliott’s Story