Coping with Grief after the Death of a Loved One

Dealing with Grief 

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 someone close to you, it’s 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
Ongoing 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
A small group is 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 with 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.

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