Grief Resources

Bereavement Library: In November of 2001, The Dorfman Chapel opened one of the most complete bereavement libraries in the Country, with over 250 books covering all aspects of death and dying and coping with loss. In addition, there are several videos for both children and adults and workbooks that are given out free of charge to anyone who requests one. The library is not only for those suffering a loss; many of the books are for professional people who are in contact with bereaved people, such as hospice volunteers, social workers, psychologists, teachers, etc....
The library hours are from Monday to Thursday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, and on Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. We are closed on Saturday and on Jewish holidays. There is no charge to borrow a book or video.

Referral to a professional: If grief is overwhelming and the support groups are not enough, we can provide the names of several professionals in the area for additional assistance.

Support Groups at Temples or Synagogues: Many local Temples and Synagogues run support groups throughout the year. Please feel free to contact our office if you would like additional information on these groups.

Books on Grief: A web site with numerous books, videos, and pamphlets on issues surrounding death, dying and bereavement is www.griefresourcescatalog.com.

Local grief and loss support groups: The Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network offers a listing of local support groups on their webpage jewishhospice.org/our-services/support/grief-loss-support-groups/.

Hospice of Michigan: Hospice (www.hom.org) runs monthly support groups free of charge and open to the community. They also have support groups for living with someone who is terminally ill.

Hints on Condolence Notes: Sometimes it is difficult to know what (or what not) to say in a condolence note or in a visit with the bereaved. This external site www.connect.legacy.com/inspire/condolence-messages-best-words gives some hints on how to write a condolence note and/or comfort the bereaved.

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