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Free online grief help and support. Photo: Mark Alexander @lostpeony

One of the most vivid memories from the early days after my partner’s death, was me trying to find help and support – online, on the phone or both. I wanted to read about the challenges I was going to face but I also wanted to hear the voice of a real person telling me that “It will be OK.” I sat on the sofa in our living room, every day, googling “free online grief help and support”.

I came across a few websites and helplines run by various charities. Some of them were “specialising” in grief whilst others were just generic helplines. I dialled them all (not at the same time!) and I found the voices on the other side of the line comforting and sympathetic to my troubles. They didn’t volunteer any advice or suggestions but they listened.

The helpline operators often asked me questions and in doing so, I felt as though they were trying to help by shifting my attention somewhere else. It worked, even if just temporarily.

Since I started Lost Peony, I have come across a few more sources of free online grief help and support. Perhaps the most helpful and comforting to me were some of the groups on Facebook that I joined.

Free online grief help and support on Facebook

Even though I am not the most avid social media user, I find the Facebook groups very helpful and comforting. Most of them are “closed” which means that people are vetted before their request to join is approved.

Being “closed” also means that the information, shared on their timelines is private and can only be seen by other group members. Your Facebook friends will not be able to see what you share and write in these groups.

Twitter accounts to follow

In no particular order:

Websites

Most of the websites I’ve come across are from shares that I’ve seen on Twitter. Here are some of my favourite ones:

Lost Peony as your first stop for free online grief help and support

Forgive me for stating the obvious but I can’t publish this article without mentioning Lost Peony as a source of free online grief help and support. After all, it is a grief lifestyle blog and the reason you are reading this article. You have the articles on the website, the social media channels and Me, my grief and I – the book about the first two years of my grief journey.

The best way to get my attention is to like my Facebook page and join the Lost Peony’s Facebook group. It is a closed group and your activity on there is private and not visible by your other Facebook friends. You could follow me and Direct Message me on Twitter and Instagram too @lostpeony or @marclepenn.

Please feel free to leave a comment with any other free online grief help and support sources. If you think that this article will help someone you know, then please feel free to share it with them.

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