Families & Friends of HopeWest
Welcome to Our 24/7 Online Grief Video Library
Holidays, Birthdays, and Anniversaries

The information contained in this online format is educational and supportive in nature. If you need immediate support, please call your local Crisis Intervention agency or 9-1-1

Click here to download and print descriptions of these videos. Find what you need today, and come back later. Share these with your family and friends, especially if they live long-distance or work during our HopeWest business hours.

Question Title

Image

Question Title

Adjust volume or screen size from the controls in the video's lower right corner. To report technical issues with videos, click here.

<span style="font-size: 10pt;">Adjust volume or screen size from the controls in the video's lower right corner. To report technical issues with videos, <a href="mailto:support@composinglife.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here</a>.<br></span>
What Is Grief?
 
Loss hits us in many ways. This loss--likely--is connected with other losses. Simply naming them can help you validate your grief experiences from the past, and understand your uniquely personal grief, now.
 
Your grief is deeply personal. You're sure to be experiencing it in many ways: anticipatory grief, sudden, disenfranchised (or discounted), and others. Explore these to understand your personal journey better: past, present, and ahead.

Question Title

Image
Hope for Coping

Does grief really end with "acceptance"? Researchers have found that grief begins with accepting a bit of reality. And, it's less "stages" and more of an ongoing process. Check it out.

Instead of "stages" you achieve, grief is more of a going back forth between moments of "loss" and "restoration." Do you know, the words “mourning” and “morning” come from the same root word? How can this apply to you?

Question Title

Image
Care for Your Whole Self

Grief can deplete your physical health and well-being. You've given your care to your loved one. It's time to take care of you. See how grief might be affecting you, and learn what you can do.


Are your emotions on a roller coaster? Do you find yourself not thinking clearly? Explore normal emotional and mental reactions to grief, with things you can do to get through everyday life, better.


For others, life has moved on. For you, realities of your loss are settling in. You might feel out of place with friends or social groups. You might be leaning into your spiritual beliefs--or--you might be questioning them. Here's guidance for finding your way.


Question Title

Image
Being In and Moving Through Mourning

In coping with grief, do you prefer to feel it and talk about it to others--or--do you prefer to be more logical and do something with it? Learn about "intuitive" and "instrumental" styles of grieving. What's your style?

Throughout the year, you check the weather to know how to prepare for the day. With grief, we can do much the same. Explore ways that seasonal and daily "weather" are much like seasonal and daily "grief."

Likely, you have many physical "things" left by your family member to deal with. Memories are everywhere! Do you scrap ‘em? Store ‘em? Or "stitch" ‘em together, making a new tapestry / quilt for life ahead?


Question Title

b''

b''

Click on the timeline's white/blue dots to go to chapters of this video.

Question Title

(c) 2020-2022. Composing Life Out of Loss. All rights reserved.

<span style="font-size: 10pt;">(c) 2020-2022. Composing Life Out of Loss. All rights reserved.</span>
To Exit, click "Close" below.

T