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Grief and Loss: Home
People cope with the loss of a loved one in different ways. There are many things that can affect the grief process of someone who has lost a loved one to cancer such as:
The personality of the person who is grieving.
The relationship with the person who died.
The loved one's cancer experience and the way the disease progressed.
The grieving person’s coping skills and mental health history.
The amount of support the grieving person has.
The grieving person’s cultural and religious background.
The grieving person’s social and financial position.
Grief is the normal process of reacting to the loss. Mourning is the way we show grief in public. The way people mourn is affected by beliefs, religious practices, and cultural customs.
Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Oncology Social Workers are available to help family members and caregivers who are coping with the loss of a loved one. Several community resources are available as well. Please see the resources listed below for more information.
General information about coping with grief and loss as well as helping grieving children and teens, grieving the loss of a sibling, grieving the loss of a child, and understanding grief within a cultural context.
A nonprofit organization that provides free compassionate care to people within the community experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness or grieving the death of a loved one.
Oncology Social Work Services and Counseling
Cancer can involve significant psychological, social, and economic challenges for patients and their families. How and if these challenges are addressed is an important aspect of a patient’s care plan. The Ridley-Tree Cancer Centeremploys clinical social workers who provide emotional and practical support for patients, their families, and their friends. Oncology Social Workers can provide advocacy and referrals as well as individual and family counseling services.
Services are available at no cost and are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care.
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Cancer Support Community Los Angeles - Dealing with Grief and Loss. 59:40 minutes
Between cancer and COVID, we have been surrounded by grief more than ever. Rachel Price and Jennifer Christensen, Clinical Social Workers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center discuss grief and how to build resiliency and cope with that grief.
Materials at the Resource Library
These are just a few highlights from the Resource Library collection. Please click here to search our online catalog. For more information about the Resource Library and how to borrow materials, visit our website.
The Five Ways We Grieve: Finding Your Personal Path to Healing After the Loss of a Loved One by Susan A. Berger
Publication Date: 2009
I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping & Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel; Pamela D. Blair
Publication Date: 2008
How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies by Therese A. Rando
Publication Date: 1991
Remembering with Love: Messages of Hope for the First Year of Grieving and Beyond by Elizabeth Levang; Sherokee Ilse
Publication Date: 1996
A Meditation to Ease Grief (CD) by Belleruth Naparstek (Performed by); Steven Mark Kohn (Music by)
Publication Date: 1992
Living with Loss, One Day at Time by Rachel Blythe Kodanaz
Publication Date: 2013
On Grief and Grieving by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross; David A. Kessler; Maria Shriver (Foreword by)
Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.
Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.