The Journey through Grief

July 30, 2012

Helpful Grief Websites

For a short time after a loved one passes away, there is support from family and friends around – to help you with the arrangements, for attending a memorial service, for a shoulder to cry on, to bring dinners to the house. Then, it seems as if it all stops.

That’s when the grieving process becomes even more difficult.  Cleveland Cremation receives numerous phone calls about “what to do next.” At Cleveland Cremation, we want to make sure families have the resources they need to cope with their situation and help them through the grief process. We understand that each situation is different and we all deal with grief in our own way, so that is why we have many different options for people to choose from.

Here are some helpful links that Cleveland Cremation likes to suggest to families:

1)   Dr. Darcie D. Sims –

Darcie D. Sims, Ph.D., CHT, CT, GMS is a bereaved parent and child, a grief management specialist, a nationally certified thanatologist, a certified pastoral bereavement specialist, and a licensed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist.  She is the author of Why Are the Casseroles Always Tuna?,  Footsteps Through the Valley, Touchstones and If I Could Just See Hope She co-authored A Place For Me: A Healing Journey for Grieving KidsFootsteps Through GriefThe Other Side of Grief and Finding Your Way Through Grief with her daughter, Alicia Sims Franklin.  She also wrote and produced the videos Handling the Holidays and What Color is Dead: Death From A Child’s View as well as authored numerous chapters in professional books and textbooks.  Darcie is featured in the award-winning video series “Good Grief” produced by Iowa Public Television and has been featured in several other videos as well.

She is an internationally recognized speaker and was Coping Editor for Bereavementmagazine for 15 years.  She is now an editor for Grief Digest.  She served on the national board of directors for The Compassionate Friends, the national board of directors for the Association of Death Education and Counseling and the board of trustees for the National Catholic Ministry to the Bereaved.  Darcie received The Compassionate Friends Professional Award in 1999. She co-chaired the 1991,1996 and 2005 World Gathering on Bereavement, and keynoted at all 4 World Gatherings.

Darcie is president and co-founder of GRIEF, Inc. a grief consulting business and the Director of the American Grief Academy in Seattle, Washington.  She is a Diplomate in the American Psychotherapy Association, a Certified Diplomate in Clinical Hypnotherapy and is listed in Who’s Who in AmericaThe World Who’s Who of Women andThe International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women.


2)   Cornerstone of Hope –

Mission: Cornerstone of Hope is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving.

Cornerstone offers comprehensive grief support services to those seeking support after the death of a loved one and to the professional community who serves the bereaved.

Cornerstone has special programs for grieving children, teens, and adults, including specific groups for young widows, those who have lost a child, and those affected by violent crimes, suicide, and neonatal loss, to name a few. For a complete list of our services, click on “Grief Support.”

Cornerstone also aims to improve existing programs and aid in establishing new services for the professional and corporate community who desire to serve the bereaved more effectively by offering educational workshops, training seminars, and partnership programs. Personnel in schools, hospices, funeral homes, hospitals, churches, corporations and various other organizations will benefit from the variety of programs targeted toward enhancing the response to those affected by grief.

Our Values: These core values provide the foundation for how we serve those in need.

  • Excellence — All of Cornerstone’s support groups and individual counseling are conducted by qualified bereavement professionals who have a combined 50-plus years of experience.Our clinical personnel are bereavement experts. Their experience spans from group facilitation, creative therapy, and individual support, to program development and implementation. Read More About Our Staff
  • Accountability — At Cornerstone, we promise to provide prompt responses, be available to meet our clients’ needs, and to wisely utilize the resources that have been generously gifted to us.We respond to information requests within 48 hours of the initial call, and our clinicians have the flexibility to schedule appointments to best meet your or your family’s needs.As a non-profit organization, we are diligent as to how our resources are used in order to ensure that a minimum of 75% of all received donations go directly to serving those in need.
  • Compassion — We employ a listening and caring staff to welcome all who enter and walk along side our clients on their grief journey.
  • Spirituality — Guided by Christian values of compassion and service, we welcome and serve ALL seeking support.

Many local Cleveland area churches and Cleveland area hospices also provide Bereavement Services or Groups to help individuals.

Please call Cleveland Cremation at 440-238-1200 if we can further assist you in any way.