Grief Resources – My Addition

When you lose a being you love, whether a person or a pet, it’s hard to think that the pain will ever end and that you will ever be happy again. But there are many good grief resources that can help you in your time of loss. As a psychotherapist, I regularly help people with their losses, and so it’s a subject I know.

I’ve written a book, Charlie: A Love Story, about my Golden Retriever Charlie, who lived fourteen years. It tells of our deep relationship; how he and I dealt with his melanoma diagnosis; and how I dealt with anticipating losing him, then with actually losing him, and then with the aftermath of his loss. Charlie’s story, which is written in journal form, deals explicitly with my own grief and how I helped myself, including the grief resources I used.

While losing Charlie was one of the most difficult experiences I’ve ever had, I found ways to help myself come out of what felt like an abyss. And you can too. Writing letters to your lost loved one is a way of dealing with your sadness, as is keeping busy. Friends who understand are another resource. Psychotherapy counseling, individually or in groups, also is good. And the internet can provide contacts with additional grief resources.

It’s important to find some grief resources as soon as possible. Otherwise, you risk the grief taking hold and lasting longer. Whether you’ve lost a pet or a person, I hope Charlie: A Love Story will be one of the grief resources you use to help and comfort you at this very difficult time. To learn more about Charlie: A Love Story, you can click on the following link: charliealovestory.com .