What Now? Living Life After a Death or Trauma
Find the Help You Need after Experiencing Loss
We all respond to death and traumatic incidents in different ways. There is no right or wrong way to feel. Sometimes we don’t know how to talk about what happened and aren’t sure how we’re supposed to feel. Young or old, it’s vital we have the resources to keep ourselves healthy during these periods of stress. Use the following information to find the help you need after experiencing the loss of a loved one or experiencing a traumatic event.
Caring for Yourself
- Dealing with the Effects of Trauma—A Self-Help Guide (pdf)
- Tips for College Students: After a Disaster or Other Trauma (pdf)
- Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event: A Guide for Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers (pdf)
Books at the Library
- The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends by Helen Fitzgerald
- The PTSD Workbook [eBook from enki]: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms by Mary Beth Williams
- Healing After Loss [eBook from Hoopla]: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman
Caring for Your Child
- Infants and Toddlers (pdf); (Chinese) / (Spanish)
- Preschool (pdf); (Chinese) / (Spanish)
- School-Age(pdf); (Chinese) / (Spanish)
- Adolescent (pdf); (Chinese) / (Spanish)
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth (pdf)
Books at the Library
- A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes
- Sad Isn't Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss by Michaelene Mundy
- Available as a book in Vietnamese
Centre for Living with Dying: The Centre for Living with Dying serves children, adolescents, and adults who are dealing with grief and loss.
Healing Heart: A special grief program that is designed to be a resource where families and youth can connect in life-altering times of grief and loss. Healing Hearts offers grief groups for youth ages 5-17, as well as parent/caretaker groups to assist adults supporting children through the grieving process.
If you or someone you know needs information about finding a path out of depression, read our post, "Resources for Depression & Suicide Prevention".