Mini Grief Recovery Guide

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Welcome to my grief recovery portal.

Here, you can download my mini Grief Recovery Guide. I provide this at no cost for those who contact me for help with a loss.

If you or a loved one are having a hard time with grief, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Here is the link to my mini guide: Mini Grief Guide – 24 pages

Here are some resources:

Assistance with Grieving a Loss – Heather Carlile’s Recommendations

Letting go is painful but necessary. It may be one of the most passionate experiences of your life. Emotions are our first response when we care, when we love.

Losing something or someone we love causes powerful feelings.

So, when we mourn, we honor the enormity of our loss with matching agony. We resist the loss mightily. We usually feel angry and resistant to something we would have prevented. We feel pain or sadness, fear, regret and anger. We often feel guilt about what we deem our part in the loss and may replay history about what might have been done.

Feeling this chaotic mixture of emotions is exhausting as it courses through us. The work of riding the waves of mourning takes time, tears and degrees of privacy. It costs; and it is the honorable ritual of losing someone or something we deem precious.

Grief Recovery Resources in the Dallas Area

VNA Visiting Nurses Association of Texas

Hospice 214-689-2922.

Monthly Bereavement Luncheon, Hospice Grief Support Group, Last Thursday of each month.

VNA Hospice bereavement luncheons are open to any adult in the Dallas, Texas community who has lost a loved one within the last year. The luncheon provides an opportunity for bereaved persons to enjoy a nice lunch, pick up some helpful grief literature, and hear a practical program about the grief process. There is no charge for attendance.

Please call Sue Rafferty 214-689-2922 for reservations and location.

Journey of Hope Grief Support Center, Inc. for children and their families in Plano.  972-692-1600.

3900 West 15th Street, Suite 306, Plano, Texas 75075


Call Carla Leslie, Program Director for Journey of Hope Grief Support Center, at 972-964-1600 or email her at

The mission of the Journey of Hope Grief Support Center is to provide support at no cost for children, teens and their families as they learn to mourn the death of their loved one in a safe, caring and nurturing environment.

Grief Counseling and Support Services

We provide a free orientation and free bi-weekly grief groups at our offices in Dallas, Texas. In these closely supervised groups, children are able to express their feelings of grief through sharing, play, drama, and art in a safe, loving environment. Our trained facilitators act as caring listeners to support the process.

Groups are held twice a month in the evenings, and are divided by age (5-8, 9-12, 13-18). Parents meet in their own support group at the same time.

Additionally, for those requiring even more support, private grief counseling is available for a low sliding-scale fee.

For more information on our services, please contact us or call Janet at 972-960-9981. Ext 109.

Location: 6320 LBJ Freeway, Suite 121, Dallas, TX 75240

New families must attend an orientation by appointment before attending group. Please call the office at 972-960-9981 ext 109 to set up an appointment.

First United Methodist Church Plano

3160 E. Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano TX 75074

Phone: 972-423-4506    Fax: 972-423-0293

First Plano’s Wellspring Support Ministry’s various programs promote emotional recovery and spiritual healing in times of personal crisis.

Please contact  Dr. Carolyn Maurer  972-867-2145

or Associate Pastor Alice Coder  for more information.

First Plano’s Wellspring

Support Ministry’s various programs promote emotional recovery and spiritual healing in times of personal crisis.

Please contact

Dr. Carolyn Maurer



Associate Pastor Alice Coder

for more information. suffered a significant



Dallas-Fort Worth Widowed Group: Bereavement social group, meets twice a month and serves all areas of the metroplex. Also sponsors a pet loss support group.

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Cancer Support Community North Texas (was formerly Gilda’s Club North Texas):

A free cancer support community, offering bereavement support groups for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one to cancer.

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Specializes in helping children aged 5-18 mourn in a safe, supportive environment.  Web site:

Healing Hearts, Dallas: Supports children and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. Web site:

Suicide & Crisis Center, Dallas:

Survivors of Suicide (SOS) is a nationwide non-profit program that has been a resource to the people of Dallas since 1983. It is a program in the recovery of those who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide.

Web site:

24-hour suicide hotline: 214-828-1000

Northway Christian Church

7202 W. Northwest Highway

Dallas, Texas 75225

(214) 361-6641The Marilyn Dickson Grief Recovery Ministry

Grief Group 972-978-5131 Julie Higby LMSW

23 years of Caring – 1984-2007

Preston Hollow Presbyterian:

Putting the Pieces Back Together

If you or a loved one is experiencing grief due to death of a spouse, child, parent, or sibling we encourage you to participate in a seminar.

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church two times per year, spring and fall. Cost is $40.00 materials and the books Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman and Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make It Meaningful  by Ashley Davis Prend.

Preston Hollow Presbyterian, 9800 Preston Road (NE corner of Walnut Hill and Preston Road)

For more information or to register, please call Frances Kervin at 214-368-6348 x113

YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Grief Recovery

Hotline: 1-800-445-4808

The Warm Place, Fort Worth: What About Remembering Me Inc. is a grief support center for children, ages 3 to 18, and their families, who have experienced the death of someone they love. Supported through community donations and grants, there is no fee for families to participate. Web site:

Center for Loss Online

On the Internet: