Grief & Intellectual Disabilities

Grief & Intellectual Disabilities Playlist

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Grief Stories features short videos, podcast interviews, and blog posts offering ideas for coping with grief. The tools and activities on this website are intended to be used as a resource for people who are grieving, those who are supporting grievers and healthcare professionals. The information provided is NOT meant to be a substitute for professional therapy.

All content, including our videos, is vetted by health care experts.

Grief includes big feelings.

Intellectual Disabilities: Problems with thinking that can mean people have trouble planning and doing things in daily life, and adjusting when things change.

Grief: The thoughts and feelings we have when we lose someone or something important to us.

It can be hard to know how to handle the feelings we have when someone important in our life dies.

It can feel like you are the only one who is going through this.

When you watch these videos, you will see and hear stories from people who have felt grief because someone they care about died. You might learn some things that will help you know what you can do when you have big feelings because you are grieving.

There are also some stories from people who support people with Intellectual Disabilities. These stories might help the people who support you understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviour so that they can help you through this hard time.

Content Funded By

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Harry E. Foster Charitable Foundation

We are thankful to the Harry E. Foster Charitable Foundation for funding this content about grieving as a person with lived experience of intellectual disability or as someone supporting a person with an intellectual disability through their grief.

Disability-Related Blog

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Grief and Disability: Carrie’s Story

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It has become clear to me over time that we have much work to do to ensure the delivery of disability-sensitive grief literacy and grief support. In March of 2022 my proposal for four 1-hour sessions was approved, we provided the program for 20 participants. My heart was full in each session.

My heart remains full of hope that conversations, education, and expertise about disability sensitive end of life care and grief support will gain momentum as more and more people join in on this vital conversation.

Grief Literacy and Developmental Disability

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Grief literacy has become a popular topic, yet it is a topic that is untapped within the disability community, specifically within the developmental sector. The sector supports and empowers people with a developmental disability and consists of families, their loved ones and service providers.

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Grief and Parenting in the Disability Community

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In this blog post, Carrie writes about being the parent and primary caregiver to a child with disabilities and grieving the loss of a child dying from their disabilities.

All Disability-Related Videos

Adam – Things that are OK to do

Adam – Things that are OK to do

Adam talks about things he does to cope with grief like singing and crying

Adam – Crying and singing

Adam – Crying and singing

Adam talks about how crying and singing helps him cope even at the cemetary

Adam – Story 1

Adam – Story 1

Adam shares about losing his Mom and the many wonderful things he remembers

Adam – Advice

Adam – Advice

Adam shares his advice about losing and remembering a loved one

Adam – Story 2

Adam – Story 2

Adam discusses his busy life and how he has coped after losing his mother

Katie – Getting stronger

Katie – Getting stronger

Katie talks losing her mother when she was young and how the experience helped her when she lost her Dad

Katie – Intellectual disabilities and grief

Katie – Intellectual disabilities and grief

Katie discusses how many people don't realize people with disabilities grieve too.

Katie – Reminders in nature

Katie – Reminders in nature

Katie talks about crying privately and how nature can help. Cardinals remind her of her father

Katie – Journaling

Katie – Journaling

Katie talks about grief triggers and mental health triggers

Katie – My Story

Katie – My Story

Katie shares about her story and losing her Dad to cancer during COVID