is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and
major loss. We have 47 e-mail support
groups and two web sites. Our integrated approach to on-line
grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief
issues of many kinds. Our companion site, KIDSAID,
provides a safe environment for kids and their parents to find information
and ask questions.
is directed by Cendra (ken'dra) Lynn,
Ph.D., a clinical grief psychologist, death educator, and traumatologist
who lives in Michigan, USA. Supported by a dedicated team of volunteers,
and by the generous donations of its users, GriefNet is operated
as a non-profit corporation under the name Rivendell Resources.
Here we who mourn find safety and healing from those who mourn with us.
At GriefNet we believe that healing is a natural process in everyone,
and that it will occur if the environment, both within and without the
person, is nourishing and protected from illness or harm.
We who are here know how it feels to be alone at the end of one’s world.
We know that aching void that makes our lives, for a time, seem not worthwhile.
We know the searing anguish of having one’s loved one torn untimely from
our arms. We know the horror of unthinkable deaths. We know the injustice
of having our children die before us. We know the guilt that follows relief
at the end of a loved one’s lengthy illness. We know the loss of meaning
that comes with multiple losses.
At GriefNet we can talk about the unmentionable. We can talk about the
terrors that arise when we close our eyes at night. We can share the nightmares
that continue during our days. We talk about the sneak attacks of grief
that find us sobbing in supermarket aisles, the phone calls we begin to
make to our lost loved ones, the articles of clothing we save for the
comfort of their smells.
No loss is unshareable: parents who have lost children, children who
have lost parents, adults losing both children and parents. Here we can
mourn the loss of our unborn babies, of our children placed for adoption.
We have support groups for the loss of life companions, including spouses,
friends, even beloved pets. New groups are formed for newcomers with new
Though your loss may be similar to others, your loss is also unique.
Our staff of bereavement professionals oversees all our groups, so that
no one’s grief gets overlooked. We are led by Dr.
Cendra Lynn, a clinical psychologist who has worked with grief and
growth support groups for over 30 years. She is a death educator and counsellor,
a certified traumatologist and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She has specialized
in grief and loss and teaches and trains grief professionals internationally.
Each group is monitored and personal or interpersonal problems are forwarded
to Dr. Lynn for her assistance.
You are welcome here.