Our Vision …

Out of our own experiences of heartache and loss, Grieving Together was formed.  It began through an awareness that the traditional outward displays of grieving have lost their place in society.

We certainly need people around us to recognize that we are broken-hearted so in order to address this need, Grieving Together was born.  Our aim is to come alongside anyone in grief and offer some resources for them as they journey through this unwelcome valley.

Our goal …

1   Provide a physical symbol to be worn as a sign of bereavement. mourning symbol,Grief, grieving, mourning, grief support,grief resources,bereavement

This symbol can be worn for days, weeks, months, or on and off as you feel the need.   We also want this emblem to be shared with others, for the path of grief should not be travelled alone.  Wearing a discreet and tasteful symbol – a pin, ribbon or bracelet – can link people who share the same loss at minimal cost. These symbols are intended to be shared with friends and family, either individually or at a memorial or funeral.  Recalling memories of your loved one and how his or her life touched many others often adds great significance to our mourning.  When these symbols are shared at a funeral, the memory cards available with our products invite recipients of the symbols to record a special memory and return the card to the keepsake box; these collected reminiscences can become treasured keepsakes for the bereaved for years to come.

2   Provide  some grief resources on this website. 

Whether it be finding information you can use in Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s “Grief Words” section or maybe finding some comfort from the words of Doug Manning in the “Grief Videos” section, we hope this information is helpful to you in your time of need.  The “Checklist” and “What Now” pages will give important information along with some helpful phone numbers and web links to organization who can help you. And for the weeks, months and years that are to come we want to introduce you to a friend whom you may come to truly appreciate.  “GriefShare” will provide support group information and as well will equip you with a year of daily emails that will support you throughout the year.  Many grieving individuals have found great support from this organization so we encourage you to reach out to them.  You can find all this information on the top menu bar under the “Grieving Help” button.

On the button titled “Grief Support” midway down on the home page we would like to introduce you to an organization called Focus on the Family.  Focus on the Family, both in Canada and the USA, is committed to providing care, advice, support and encouragement to families at every stage of life.  Both Focus Canada and USA offer a free 1 hour counseling session over the phone and then can direct you to local counselors in your area to assist you  in the days ahead.  As well, both organizations provide resources that deal with difficult life issues, such as dealing with the death of a loved one.  Over the years Focus has proven to be a most excellent organization that operates at the highest level of compassion and professionalism in supporting hurting families.

We want you to know that this  grieving path you’ve found yourself on need not be walked alone; please  –  take time  –  acknowledge the significance of your loss and grieve together.

“Contrary to what a lot of people believe (or hope), comfort doesn’t take the pain away. Comfort slides in beside the pain, pulling up a chair so that we have something more than sorrow in our hearts. Comfort gently expands our spirits so that we can breathe again. Comfort opens our eyes so that we can see possibility again. And on those days, whether it is the next day or five years removed, on that day when grief rears its dark head again, comfort helps us remember that pain is not all there is”
Peggy Haymes, Strugglers, Stragglers and Seekers: daily devotions for the rest of us
“I feel a flash of grief so intense it almost makes me cry out: not for what I lost, but for the chances I missed.”
Lauren Oliver
When someone you love dies, you get a big bowl of sadness put down in front of you, steaming hot. You can start eating now, or you can let it cool and eat it bit by bit later on. Either way, you end up eating the whole thing. There's really no way around it.”
Ralph Fletcher, Fig Pudding
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