Coping with Grief after the Death of a Loved One

As a Sacramento Wrongful Death attorney, over the past 30 years, I’ve experienced first hand the human toll it takes on families when they lose a loved one. Unexpected and sudden death is a nightmare that seems to endure. You feel your grief will never fade.

If you’ve lost some-one close to you, its important to remember how much they loved and cared about you, and how they would never want you to suffer.

I’ve put together a list of some of the things my clients have told me helped them over the years. I hope some of these may ease your pain.

Belleruth Napasak is a psychologist at the Cleveland School of Medicine. She has created some wonderful Guided Imagery CD’s that many people have found helpful.  Both CD’s, A Meditation to Ease Grief and A Meditation to Help you Relieve Depression, can be found on Amazon.

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Some books that people have found useful are: How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies; Transforming Traumatic Grief; The Death of a Child; Grieving the Death of a Mother; and Lifetimes.


In many cases, it may be helpful to join a support group. Some of the groups in Sacramento County include:

Kaiser Permanente Hospital        916-486-5300
Bereavement support groups on-going and open to the public in Elk Grove, Roseville, and Sacramento.

Mercy General Hospital
On going 5-week grief and loss sessions. Call for information and registration.

Mercy San Juan Hospital Support Group
Chaplaincy Services                       916-537-5098
Program for anyone experiencing grief. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
6501 Coyle, Carmichael

Sutter VNA Hospice                         916-388-6215
Bereavement support group for those who have experienced a loss. Alternating Wed. 6:30 -8:30 pm
Sutter Cancer Center, 2800 L St., Sacramento.

UCD Hospice Support Group
Don Lewis, Bereavement Coordinator            916-734-1139
6 week support groups offered throughout the year. Call for information and registration.

Loss of Children

*Compassionate Friends                 916-457-4096
Bereavement support for parents who have lost a child. Newsletter, telephone support, monthly meetings.
3rd Friday from 7:00 – 9:30 pm.
South Natomas Community Center, 2921 Truxel Rd, Sacramento, 95822
Small group available.
Beth Oliver                            916-284-9540
Lilian Adams                        916-726-6844
Pamela Amo                        916-955-3180

Grief Counselors can also be helpful. Please feel free to call me for some names. This is a most difficult time. I hope some of the resources above will help you. If I can help on any of the Legal Issues involved in a Wrongful Death Claim, please call me anytime.  If calling from Sacramento my local number is 916-921-6400.  If outside of Sacramento, please feel free to use the toll-free number 800-404-5400.