Resources/Links

The following links and resources are provided to assist you on your grief journey. These include links to the National TCF website as well as links recommended to us that bereaved families have found helpful.

National Compassionate Friends Resources

To the Newly Bereaved
http://www.CompassionateFriends.org/about_us/To_the_Newly_Bereaved.aspx

The Compassionate Friends brochures
http://www.CompassionateFriends.org/resources/available_brochures.aspx

National Conferences
http://www.CompassionateFriends.org/News_Events/TCF_National_Conferences.aspx

Worldwide Candle Lighting
http://www.CompassionateFriends.org/News_Events/Worldwide_Candle_Lighting.aspx

Chapter Locator
http://www.CompassionateFriends.org/Local_Chapters/Chapter_Locator.aspx

Online Support Community
http://www.CompassionateFriends.org/resources/Online_Support.aspx

We Need Not Walk Alone, TCF National Magazine
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/resources/Store/TCF_National_Magazine_and_Archive.aspx

Memorial Book
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/Find_Support/Personal-Note/Memorial-Book.aspx

TCF Webinars
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/News_Events/Special-Events/Webinars.aspx

“After a Child Dies” video:
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/Other_Pages/After_a_Child_Dies.aspx

Chapter Locator:
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/Local_Chapters/Chapter_Locator.aspx

Grief support orgs:
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/resources/International-Support-Related-Organizations/links.aspx

Spanish Language TCF/USA site:
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/en_espanol.aspx

Other Helpful Links

Open to Hope
http://www.opentohope.com/

Grief Toolbox
http://www/.thegrieftoolbox.com


Grief Music Resources

This is just a sampling of some music that parents/siblings have indicated as meaningful to them (Some of this music is of a spiritual/religious nature)

Below are links to YouTube videos. YouTube videos come and go. Some of the links below might be broken. To find a version of these or any other songs just do a search for the title and at least part of the artist’s name in the YouTube search box (http://www.youtube.com). Also keep in mind that some of these videos come with commercial beginnings and some videos might have a video display that might be disturbing to some. This is true of "Broken" which depicts an automobile accident at the end of the video.

Precious Child -- Karen Taylor-Good
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1TDZWr_j_I
(Worldwide Candle Lighting Video by Compassionate Friends)

Precious Child – Karen Taylor Good – Song Lyrics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHiq3lfw9mc


Classical Music

Adagio for Strings, op.11 : Samuel Barber
http://youtube/c91JCBXuXmM

Death of Ase: Edvard Grief
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AB4m885sTeE

Pie Jesu (Requiem): Gabrielle Faure
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWMmolrId_4


Popular Music

Angel: Sarah McLachlan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LuGzwNy2ws

Angels in Waiting: Tammy Cochran
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdNcPCp2Hg4

Broken: Lifehouse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6cdPeYJh0s

Can You Hear Me When I Talk To You
– Ashley Gearing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U11u9uEr9mg

Fly
: Celine Dion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtkmsMokvbE

Forever: Vertical Horizon
http://youtube.com/watch?v=RRw5XWp-saQ

From Where You Are: Lifehouse
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBh7Muv0yac

Go Rest High On That Mountain - Vince Gill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jXrmAKBBTU

God Must Have Spent A Little More Time On You

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fxh7jAJR8U

How Come The World Won’t Stop Spinning – Anastacia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmydl5AjiMk

I Believe
: Diamond Rio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4qPKc6_x2k

I Believe – Brooks & Dunn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5z-jjWyAJQ

I Hope You Dance: Lee Ann Womack
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KFAa40kZ30

If I Could Be Where You Are: Enya
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBGaloOxNkU

Life Ain’t Always Beautiful – Gary Allan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VDNMtn0t2A

One More Day: Diamond Rio
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UWx-shGM0g

One Sweet Day: Mariah Carey and Boyz to Men
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXxRyNvTPr8

The Promise: Tracy Chapman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NkG_OkBNr0

Tears in Heaven: Eric Clapton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AscPOozwYA8

When I Get Where I’m Going: Brad Paisley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYHT-TF4KO4

Who You'd Be Today: Kenny Chesney
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xenSzMQfaug

Wind Beneath My Wings: Bette Midler
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq0llrCYtCQ

You Raise Me Up: Josh Groban
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_l_A6-7td0

You'll Be in My Heart: Phil Collins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n1zFwyj8FE


Christian-Themed Music

Before The Morning – Josh Wilson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfWAG-bnttQ

Come To Me
: Kari Jobe
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rJJwGgmFTA

Dancing with the Angels – Monk & Neagle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV6R139AMPI

Heaven is the Face
– Steven Curtis Chapman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Mj6iOG1xM

Held – Natalie Grant
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOufqWodFNo

Homesick
: Mercy Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvhrPMJe8LE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3k1rJOQPdY

I Can Only Imagine: Mercy Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-MSBvPqRKg

Love Has Come – Mark Schultz
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIIAf2lS_Us

Save A Place for Me
– Matthew West
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUjL6bVD2vw

Wish You Were Here
– Mark Harris
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEk4e75l26I

Alan Pedersen
http://www.everashleymusic.com/
(This website gives information on Alan and his music)


Poetry and Grief

Poetry, whether reading someone else’s poems or writing your own, is often a very personal thing. Below are some links to online poetry on child loss, most of which was written by parents or other caregivers. We’ve also included some sites that give basic information on writing your own poetry.


GRIEF POETRY

Bereavement Poems
http://judithpordon.tripod.com/poetry/poems_of_grief_sympathy_goodbye_healing.html

Poems/Songs/Lyrics from Atlanta TCF web site
http://www.tcfatlanta.org/POEMS.html

Poetry for the Heart
http://latosha.freeservers.com/index.html

Poetry and Thoughts from The Ped-Onc Resource Center
http://www.acor.org/ped-onc/timetogo/writings.html
http://www.acor.org/ped-onc/timetogo/writings2.html

Poems on Death, Dying and Grief
http://allspirit.co.uk/dying.html


WRITING YOUR OWN POETRY

Writing Poetry
http://www.poetry-online.org/writing-poetry.htm
(From poetry-online.org)

Poetry Writing
http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/
(Information from scholastic.com. The site is primarily for school children but has some good basic information)

Approaches to Writing Poetry
http://www.poetrymagic.co.uk/approaches.html
(From PoetryMagic.co.uk. This is a British site which gives very detailed information on writing poetry)

Poetry Writing Tips
http://www.poewar.com/poetry-writing-tips/
(Some great tips on writing poetry. Also available in pdf version)


READING POETRY

How to Read Poetry When Your Teacher Assigns It for Homework
http://garts.latech.edu/owl/literature/poetryguide.htm
(You may not be in school any more but this is a great guide to reading a poem)

Reading Poetry
http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/ReadingPoetry.html
(Another guide for students but helpful for anyone)

How to Read a Poem Out Loud
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/p180-howtoread.html
(This page comes from the Library of Congress and is a great tool in learning how to read poetry out loud)

Writing, Journaling, Scrapbooking
and Blogging

Heartlight Studios (Mitch Carmody)
http://www.heartlightstudios.net/
(A place for processing your grief, asking questions about the journey, or just writing about your loved one, sharing their life and your loss)

The Grief Blog
http://thegriefblog.com/
(Learn, cope, share, heal)

Grief Journaling
http://www.journey-through-grief.com/grief-journaling.html
(Basic information on journaling)

Good Grief: A Scrapbook Journey Through Loss and Healing
http://www.goodgriefblog.com/
(An excellent sample of a journal/blog on grief)

Journaling: A Powerful Tool for Grief and Difficult Life Transitions
http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/journaling-coping-skill-grief/

Managing Grief Through Journal Writing
by Kathleen Adams
http://www.journaltherapy.com/articles/cjtsec08_i.htm
(Journaling essentials)

Digital Scrapbooks, Photo Memory Books
http://www.journey-through-grief.com/digital-scrapbooks.html