What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Printable Grief & Loss Resources

The Academy is delighted to share information with grieving individuals, families, professionals, and the community at large.  We have a variety of printable resources covering a range of topics related to grief and loss.

For your convenience, our printable resources are organized by category below.  Clicking on the handout titles below will take you to a printable (pdf) version of the handout.

General/Adult Grief
Academy Information Sheet
Avoiding the Clichés of Grief
Death of a Pet
Effects of Grief
Symptoms of Bereavement
Tips for Grieving College Students and Young Adults
Tips for Supporting Grieving College Students and Young Adults
Top 10 List for Helping Those Who Are Grieving
Understanding Grief
What Can I Do About My Grief
When Someone You Know Dies by Suicide

Children and Grief
Assisting Children to Live with Death
Children and Change
Children's Understanding of Death—Developmental Stages
Everything I Need to Know About Grief I Learned in Kindergarten
Explaining Cremation to Children
Explaining Death to Children
General Guidelines for Helping Children Cope with Death
How to Talk with Children About Suicide
How to Tell if a Grieving Child Needs Extra Help
How We Can Be Effective Helpers of Grieving Children
Important Considerations of the Grieving Child
Normal Grief or Clinical Depression?
Responding to the Grieving Child - Ages 3-6
Should Children Attend Funerals?
Suggestions for Helping Children Cope with Grief
Top 10 List for Helping Grieving Children and Teens
When a Parent Dies
When Parents Divorce

Teens and Grief
Basic Needs of Grieving Teens
Helpful Suggestions for Teens Whose Friend has Died by Suicide
How to Help Teenagers Cope with Grief
Six Principles of Teen Grief
Things You Would Suggest to the Family Members of Teens Whose Friend Died by Suicide
Top 10 List for Helping Grieving Children and Teens

When a Baby Dies
Handling Hurtful Comments When Your Baby Has Died
Como Manejar Comentarios hirientes cuando Su bebe ha muerto
Practical Suggestions for Parents Whose Baby Has Died
Sugerencias Prácticas Para los Padres Cuyo Bebé Ha Muerto
To The Grieving Parent

Caregiver Grief (as a profession)
Caring for Oneself as a Caregiver

Grief in School
Responding Appropriately to Death Crises at School
Grief Support in Schools

Supporting the Grieving
Avoiding the Cliches of Grief
First Viewing Support
Helping a Friend Whose Baby Has Died
Tips for Supporting Grieving College Students and Young Adults
To The Grieving Parent
Top 10 List for Helping Grieving Children and Teens
Top 10 List for Helping Those Who Are Grieving
22 Ways to Support a Friend in Grief
When Someone You Know Died by Suicide

Grief in Church/Ministry Settings
Handling Grief and Crises in the Church Setting
Important Considerations of Grieving Children at Church