Grief Support

At Great Western, we understand that it isn’t easy to accept the pain that follows death. It is our hope that you can use these grief support resources to find the support you need.

Free My Careletter Program Helps Families Cope with Loss

Great Western Insurance Company created the My Careletter® program to help families cope with bereavement. It features 12 free, monthly newsletters about grief support that are sent following a loved one's funeral. Sign up to receive the newsletters in the mail or through email.

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Grief Assistance

Preplanning after a Loss: How Do You Want to be Remembered?

After losing a loved one, it's natural to start wondering, 'How do I want to be remembered?' Preplanning can help you record your answers.

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How to Apply 5 Stages of Grief to Your Grieving Process

A new look at the stages of grief model can make the pathway to healing less rocky when you're mourning a loved one. 

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How to Support Someone Who Is Grieving

Learn the right things to say — and what not to say — when helping a grieving loved one cope with loss.

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13 Signs You Should Seek Grief Counseling

Feeling sad after the death of a loved one is normal, but when symptoms of grief persist, you may need grief counseling to help you progress.

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Complicated Grief: How to Cope with Death

If the loss of a loved one consumes your mind and causes your relationships to suffer, you may be experiencing complicated grief.

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Forms You Need to Complete after a Person Dies

When someone passes, planning the funeral is the first of many tasks you’ll need to complete. One of the biggest chores is processing paperwork. To help you weed through it, we’ve compiled a list of forms you may need to fill out to settle your loved one’s affairs. 

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How to Avoid Senior Isolation after Losing a Loved One

It’s important to find grief support and connect with others after a life partner passes. A lack of interest in social activities is normal following loss, but ongoing senior isolation can be dangerous.

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Checklist: What to Do When Someone Dies

You've just lost a loved one. You're consumed by grief and can't think what to do next. Use this outline to walk through what to do when someone dies, step-by-step.

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The Caregiver’s Grief Process — Before and After a Loved One Dies

The caregiver’s grief process is unique because grief and loss start before the death of the loved one. These before and after losses have their own characteristics and stages of grief to work through.

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Understanding and Coping with Grief Attacks

If you’re struggling with unmanageable grief attacks during bereavement, this guide can help you understand what grief panic attacks are and how to cope with them.

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How to Maintain Your Health While Grieving

Use these techniques to stay emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy while grieving a loss.

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Grief Support is Available in More Ways than Ever

Grief support groups try to connect you with others, but not everyone feels comfortable sharing their emotions. That’s why finding the right format to receive grief support is as important as seeking it in the first place. 

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Understanding Bereavement Guilt

As you’re working through the stages of grief, it’s common to stir up bereavement guilt. To help you avoid being stuck in that phase for too long, we’ll help you understand what you’re feeling and how to cope.

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How to Help a Child Grieve a Loss

Children grieve in a much different way. Their perception of death and their grieving process change in each developmental stage. That's why it’s important to explain death to a child in an age-appropriate manner.

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Grief Books and Blogs for Coping with Loss

If you don’t have time to attend in-person grief support groups or seek grief counseling, the following grief books and blogs can offer assistance on your schedule.

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How to Avoid Bereavement Scams after a Loved One Dies

Many families face bereavement scams after the loss of a loved one. But if you know what to look for, you can avoid being scammed and focus on finding grief support.

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4 Ways to Turn Grief into Positive Action

Some bereaved use actions instead of emotions to grieve and to turn grief into positive effects. These stories may inspire you to do similarly as you’re coping with grief.

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Coping with Grief during the Holidays

Grief is difficult enough on its own, but it seems to be magnified during the holidays. Try these 12 ideas to cope with grief during the holiday season.

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