Grief Information

Information for Your Healing Journey

What is Grief?

Grief is:

  • The pain felt in response to the death of someone we love
  • A normal response to loss
  • Unique to each person: Every individual grieves differently
  • There is no right or wrong way to grieve
  • A process that has no timeline; each person grieves and heals at different rates, in different ways
  • It is NOT a sign of weakness, a disorder, or a disease
  • It is a journey filled with highs and lows, much like a roller-coaster
  • Can continue to be experienced throughout our lifetime, at different milestones, holidays, etc…

The Fundamentals of Grief

The Impact of Grief

When grieving, we feel the effects of grief, not only in the emotional impact, but physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Here are a few effects that you may experience in yourself or see in those around you who are grieving.

The Importance of Self-Care

Grief can be experienced in many different ways. Although there is no shortcut to healing, there are ways to take care of ourselves and help us get through each day.

How to Support Someone Who is Grieving

There are some things to consider when supporting someone who is grieving.

Children's Grief Information

Further your understanding about the ways children are different than adults in the ways they process grief and how that changes over time.

We have the tools to work through grief.

In some cases, healing requires teamwork. Michael’s Place relies on several area agencies to contribute to the support of grieving families. Call our office at  (231) 947-6453 and speak with grief support staff who can help connect you with resources to meet your needs.

Additional Resources

Books and Resources on Grief

Browse the curated collection of books and other resources intended to help those who are grieving by providing insight and understanding.

Grief and the Holidays

The holiday season can feel daunting when we are in the midst of grief. This guide will help you take steps to cope well during a difficult time of the year.

Bereavement Resources in Michigan

The National Bereavement Resource Guide Sponsored by New York Life and The Moyer Foundation provides a compilation (PDF format) of state and local resources organized by state.

The Importance of Self-Care

Grief can be experienced in many different ways. Although there is no shortcut to healing, there are ways to take care of ourselves and help us get through each day.