Let's look at apps that can support your grief journey. We have a page on Apps in the My Grief Toolbox section of MyGriefCare.com. When we refer to Apps, in case you are not familiar with the term, we are primarily speaking of downloadable programs for your mobile devices (e.g., smartphones and tablets).
APPS FOR GRIEF
A social network for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Good Grief is free and helps grieving people to privately connect, chat, and support each other in finding a new normal. GoodGrief is for people ages 18 and up. GoodGrief works by connecting you with others who lost a loved one due to various causes. Create a private profile by answering questions related to your loss. Then, connect to other people through a one-on-one in-app texting service. Your private information is never seen publicly and chats are private and secure. Additional filters narrow your connections by age, gender, religion, time frame, and type and cause of loss. Apple Store. Google Play.
Empathy gives you personalized, step-by-step guidance through the challenges of losing a loved one, from practical, legal, and financial details to emotional support. Empathy.
Appropriate for kids age 4 and up. Smiles and Tears is like a virtual diary where kids can document their favorite memories of the person they lost. They can add pictures, release balloon messages, fill a memory jar, and even send virtual “gifts” to their loved one. It provides an interactive tool to record memories, send gifts and write thoughts, feelings, and emotions. As well as these interactive tools, Nelson’s Journey provides tips on how to manage emotions such as anger, confusion, guilt, loneliness, etc. which are common when someone has been bereaved of a special person. Apple Store.
Apart of Me is a charity that supports children, young people, and parents through loss and trauma. They aim to be your trusted guide through life's biggest challenges. They empower you to work with 'difficult' emotions and discover your strength and wisdom hidden in the darkest places. Their multi-award-winning therapeutic game, which was co-created by experts in child psychology and bereaved young people, is at the core of what they do. It translates bereavement counseling techniques into a magical 3D world and is free to use. Apple Store. Google Play.
An app aimed at promoting well-being through meditation and mindfulness techniques. You can begin with a ‘basics’ taster and choose to subscribe for regular updates. Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe says: “You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment.” The app is available to download on the Apple App Store, and Google Play. Please scroll to the bottom of their homepage for links: https://www.headspace.com/science.
APPS FOR ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, OR SLEEP PROBLEMS
#1 app for sleep, mediation, and relaxation
Description from their website: “Youper is the only mental health service that understands you and provides care that fits your unique needs, preferences, and budget. With or without insurance, Youper has an affordable plan for you.
You can start with digital therapy, choose to receive care from coaches and therapists who really listen to you, or get an evaluation and diagnosis from a doctor. No matter your plan, Youper is available 24/7 to support you wherever and whenever you need it.”
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