Grief Support

Grief Support

The following are some tools available to assist you in your healing journey. Contact us to discuss other resources and find a personalized solution to support you on the road to recovery. 

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Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory has a commitment to the care of our families and community before, during, and following a funeral. It is with this dedicated service that we provide a full aftercare program.

Soulprints is an aftercare program committed to continue to provide comfort and care to family and friends following the death of someone loved. Our goal is to extend this care by companioning people mourning the loss of a loved one and to educate the community about the process of grief. It is our responsibility to share our knowledge, so that no one has to suffer through this journey alone, or go through the confusion and grief without someone there to help them after the funeral service. Delinda Grindle will assist you in finding a new meaning and purpose in life and living in a world that has now changed.

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Soulprints aftercare program will provide support to your grieving family from the time of the funeral through the one year anniversary of your loved one's death.


We look forward to serving your family as we continue our quality care for the families we serve with our full aftercare program.


Local Support Groups

Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory invites you to download the attachment that lists all local Support Groups.

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365 Days of Healing

With our daily emails of comfort and hope, you will feel supported knowing we’re here to walk with you through your journey of grief.

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Just One of Many

Here’s one example of our 365 Days of Healing emails, designed to offer advice, tell stories, and otherwise help you heal.

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Grief & Healing Websites

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GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

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Web Healing

Web Healing offers grief discussion boards where you can talk with others who are grieving or browse recommended books on grief.

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The Compassionate Friends

Whether your family has had a child die (at any age, from any cause), or you are helping those who have gone through this life-altering experience, The Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going through the grieving process as a parent.

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With AARP you’ll find articles, discussions, and helpful information on dealing with end-of-life care, the challenges faced by caregivers, and how to deal with grief after a loss.

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Children & Grief

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, particularly as you work through your own grief. By being open and honest, encouraging communication, and sharing your own feelings, you and your children can cope with painful times and begin your healing journey together.

The following links provide more detailed information on topics related to helping children and teens cope with loss.

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When Families Grieve™

This guide was created by Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind Sesame Street. It explores children's understanding of death and offers information about communicating, ideas for coping together, and ways to move forward with your children after a loss.

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Helpful Children's Books

This list from Allina Health recommends children’s books that deal with death and grief. There are suggestions for children of all ages, from preschool to age 12. They also have books for different types of losses, such as the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or pet. With these books, you can start a meaningful conversation with your child and help them understand their feelings.

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More Advice

Here you'll find a Huffington Post article by Judith Acosta containing advice and guidance from her book Verbal First Aid, which counsels parents on ways to help kids heal from fear and pain in a variety of situations, including the death of a loved one. If you find the advice in the article helpful, you may want to read her book for even more insight.

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Recommended Reading

A New Kind of Normal - (Carol Kent) This is the personal story of a woman who takes unchangeable circumstances in her life and transforms them into renewed hope, gratitude, forgiveness and action. This author finds a "new normal" in her life.

Healing After Loss - (Martha Whitmore Hickman) The reflections in this small but powerful book offer daily comfort and strength to those who have lost a loved one.

How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies - (Therese A. Rando) Whether death is sudden or anticipated, few people are prepared for the grief it brings. This author addresses the pain that death can bring and guides the reader on a very personal journey to healing and wholeness.

Life is Good-bye, Life is Hello - (Allan R. Bozarth) The reader is reminded that that suffering in and of itself has no value. However, through personal choice, suffering can be transformed into new levels of healing and wholeness.

Song for Sarah: A Mother's Journey through Grief and Beyond - (Paula D'Arcy) This author shares her collection of letters written before and after the death of her daughter. These letters express how her deepest sorrow was transformed into peace and assurance. Drawing on her personal experience, the author conveys to the reader in a gentle yet profound way that healing is available to anyone enduring the sorrow of a lost loved one.

No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One - (Carla Fine) This author presents research findings on the survivors of suicide. She captures the pain and heartache as well as the courage and inspiration of these courageous men and women who have lost loved ones to suicide.

When Your Friend is Grieving - (Paula D'Arcy) The author describes the incredible pain parents can experience after the death of their child. She discusses ways others can be supportive of parents as they deal with their pain

The Wilderness of Suicide Grief: Finding Your Way – (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D)

The Wilderness of Grief: Finding Your Way – (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D)

Loving From the Outside In, Mourning From the Inside Out – (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D)

The Mourners Book of Hope – (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D)

A Child's View of Grief – (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D)

Healing a Child's Grieving Heart – (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D)

Eight Critical Questions for Mourners . . . And the Answers That Will Help You Heal – (Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D)

The Mourner's Handbook – (Helen Fitzgerald)


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