Welcome to The Grieving Heart

For Hope and Support After Loss

In Memory of My Parents

When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart,
and you shall see that in truth
you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

I created The Grieving Heart® for anyone who has lost a loved one. Grief is personal and no one experiences it the same way. I try to address difficult topics with compassion and honesty. Because of my own loss, some of the material focuses on the death of parents. I also use the pronoun 'we' because it is a warmer way to write. The only grief I know, however, is my own.

I have read that when parents die we lose the past, but when children die we lose the future. I do not write about the death of children on this site because I do not have children. Please visit the links below for grief support after the death of a child: 

Despite the influence of the grief industry, your solace may not be in a book, at a support group, with a therapist, or on the Internet. The popular stages, phases, steps, tasks and touchstones of grief and grieving are not right for everyone. Use them if they help. Disregard them if they do not. Your heart will tell you what you need, or don't need, to grieve the death of your loved one. Whatever works, works.

This is a big site and the information can be overwhelming at first, especially if your grief is new. The easiest way to get acquainted with its contents is to begin on the next page: What will I find here?

Because we are all part of the human family, something here may ring true with you and help ease the way, if only for a moment. Take what is yours to take from The Grieving Heart® and know that I wish you unexpected comfort through all the seasons of your grief.

Peace to you,
Christine Jette

November  2015


With Deepest Sympathy
Paris, France Nov. 13, 2015


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A Note to Visitors:
I read and respond to email at the end of each month when I update or make changes. If you need a more timely response, please visit a well moderated grief healing discussion group. It is free to use and requires registration to participate. I am not part of this group, but certified grief counselors are there to help, support and comfort grievers and those who love them. Because the counselors lost funding for the site, they are grateful for voluntary donations.  
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How complicated and individual mending is, the time required for healing
cannot be measured against any fixed calendar
. Mary Jane Moffat
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