Bereavement Counselor



Each person grieves in their own way and in their own time. To extend our support to everyone, we have compiled a list of helpful and accessible resources.
For questions regarding Bereavement Support Groups, please call (616) 235-5122 or download our brochure of scheduled support groups.


Call for Urgent Care

If you have an immediate need, please contact one of the resources below:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 988 or chat online.
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741.
Veterans Crisis Line
Free, confidential assistance from people qualified to support Veterans. Call 988 and press 1 or text 838255. Online chat is also available.


Grieving Well

Written by Terri DeBoer and our very own, Janet Jaymin, this book aims to help those on their own grief journey, offering comfort, hope, and encouragement during times of loss. It serves as a reminder that while grief cannot be cured, peace can be found.

Proceeds from book sales will support the Faith Hospice Bereavement Department.



In our webinar series, Hearts of Hospice, we discuss a wide range of hospice and palliative care-related topics, including bereavement.





      Loss of Spouse Books

When Your Soulmate Dies By Alan D. Wolfelt

Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Husband or Wife Dies By Alan D. Wolfelt

Comfort for the Grieving Spouse’s Heart: Hope and Healing After Losing Your Partner By Gary Roe

Heart Broken: Healing from the Loss of a Spouse By Gary Roe

The Widower’s Notebook By Jonathan Santlofer

Getting to the Other Side of Grief, rev. and udated ed,: Overcoming the Loss of Spouse By Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, R.N,. Ed.D.  Robert C. De Vries, D.Min., PHD.

      Loss of Child Books

Letters to Bereaved Parents from Bereaved Parents  By Joy Johnson

Shattered: Surviving the Loss Of A Child By Gary Roe

The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live After a Child Dies? By Nisha Zenoff, PH.D

The Voice of an Angel: A Mother’s Guide to Grief and How to Thrive After the Loss of a Child By Mary Stone

Holding On to Hope: A Pathway Through Suffering to the Heart of God By Nancy Guthrie

     Loss of Parent/Family/ Friend Books

Always too Soon By Allison Gilbert

Death of A Parent: Transitions to a New Adult Identity By Debra Umberson, 2006

Healing the Adult Child’s Grieving Heart: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Parent Dies By Alan D. Wolfelt, 2002.

The Orphaned Adult: Understanding and Coping   with Grief and Change after the Death of our Parents By Alexander Levy, 2000.

Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss By Hope Edelman, 1994

Longing for Dad: Father Loss and its Impact By Beth M. Erickson, PH.D.

Surviving the Death of a Sibling By T.J. Wray

Living When a Loved One Has Died By Earl A. Grollman 

Living With Loss, Healing With Hope By Earl A. Grollman

Grieving the Death of a Friend By Harold Ivan Smith

Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief By David Kessler

Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief By Joanne Cacciatore


      Children's Books: Age 4-10

Someone I Love Died By Christine Harder Tangvald

The Memory Box By Joanna Rowland

When Dinosaurs Die By Laurie Krasky Brown and Marc Brown

Forever with Jesus By Ann Mancin

Anna’s Heaven By Stian Hole

Heaven God’s Promise for Me By Anne Graham Lotz

Someday Heaven By Larry Libby

     Books for Teens: Age 11-17

Weird Is Normal When Teenagers Grief By Jenny Lee Wheeler

Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas By Alan D Wolfelt

You Are Not Alone: Teens Talk About Life After The Loss of a Parent  By Lynn B. Hughes

Teenagers and Grief By Doris Zagdansk

Bereavement Events and Groups

Grief Support Center Project