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In addition to providing real-time support for family members and friends of organ, and tissue donors, The Living Legacy Foundation’s Family Services team has also created a library of resources to support families in their grief process. Below is just a sampling of resources available.

To learn more about our family support services, you can reach us by calling 410-242-7000 and asking to speak with a Family Services Coordinator or email us at familyservices@thellf.org.

Immediately Following a Loss: What’s Next?

Losing a loved one can leave friends and family feeling overwhelmed and unprepared about what to do next and how to cope. The following brochure is intended to offer practical guidance for a range of tasks, from funeral planning to locating grief resources.

Following the loss of a loved one it is very common to experience forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and anxiety. This can make it difficult to remember everything that needs to be done. It can also make it challenging to organize these tasks into a manageable list. This survivor’s checklist outlines basic things you will need to do, both immediately and down the road, in a manageable and organized list. You may need to add some items to the list and not all the items will necessarily apply to you. But, many find this a good place to start in managing practical tasks after a loss.

Grief and Bereavement

Taking care of your own needs after a loss can be extremely challenging. The following short article offers some practical suggestions for self-care after losing a loved one.

Special days for you and your family may be the most difficult in the months and years following a loss. These days may be birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. Below you will find two articles, one focused on dealing with the anniversary of a loved one’s death, and the other focused on coping during the holidays. These are just a start and you can find many other suggestions on the internet. Please see our links page for additional websites.

Children and Grief

If you are concerned about discussing death with your children, you're not alone. Many of us hesitate to talk about death, particularly with youngsters. But death is an inescapable fact of life. We must deal with it and so must our children; if we are to help them, we must let them know that it's okay to talk about it. The following article is designed to give you some guidance in how to talk with children about death. This general information can be adapted to meet your needs. If you have any questions, please contact a Family Service Coordinator at 410-242-7000.
Link to Talking to Children about Death page/article (that is already on current website)

The following brochures offer some specific advice for speaking with toddlers and preschoolers about death.

A child’s return to school following a significant loss can cause anxiety for children and parents alike. The follow article offers some practical suggestions to smooth the transition back to school follow a death.

As with adults, there is no formula to how children will experience the grieving process. In children when grief goes unacknowledged or becomes complicated it can sometimes impact their behavior, success in school, and normal development. A clinician skilled in support children coping with a loss a can help a talk, heal, reconnect, and resume life balance after a loss.

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