There’s no comparing the loss of a child. Whether infant loss or a young adult child, the grief and recovery will likely take years. Coming to terms with grief will be difficult and not always linear.
A year after the passing of our son, we founded Loves From Luke with a purpose: to help other bereaved parents with their experience of grief. To this end, we deliver “loves” kits inspired by the memory of our son. These include a teddy bear for comfort, a gift card for necessities and a 48 Hour Guide for planning. These are our gift to fellow overwhelmed parents stuck in the aftermath of their child’s passing.
But we don’t stop there. Our online resources page will point you toward trusted grief support networks like GriefShare and the Dougy Center of Portland, Oregon. Both of these resources can organize or connect you with group sessions on a local and national level, respectively. They can also direct you to more personalized grief counseling with licensed counselors or mental health providers.
Finally, we have compiled a great many emergency and non-emergency resources: hotlines for cases of immediate need, other websites tailored to assist with particular types of loss, as well as podcasts, books and blogs to help you learn about the process you will be undertaking.