At some point, we all live an Option B
Grief and hardship are part of life—and no one should have to go through them alone. We’re here to help you take care of yourself and support your loved ones through life’s most challenging moments.
Caring for yourself
Everyone’s path through hardship is different. But no matter where you are on your journey, these everyday practices can help.
Feel your feelings
None of us want to be sad, angry, or scared. But research shows that letting yourself fully experience your emotions can help you start to heal.
Share what you’re going through
Starting a conversation about your Option B might feel awkward, but it’s almost always worth it. These tips can help you find the right listener and break the ice.
Hold both struggle and joy
You don’t need to be “done” with hardship to feel joy. Learn how to embrace moments of peace and happiness, even when they’re mixed with sadness and pain.
Being there for someone who’s struggling
When someone you love is going through a tough time, it can be hard to know what to say or do. Here’s how to show up when it matters most.
How to talk to someone about stress, trauma, or loss
We often hesitate to mention a loved one’s hardship because we don’t want to say the wrong thing. But speaking up shows you care, even if your words aren’t perfect.
Show up—small acts matter
Instead of saying, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do,” just do something. Offer to run an errand or make dinner. Text your loved one to say you’re thinking of them—and let them know you don’t need a response.
Be there for the long haul
People going through hardship often feel alone after the initial wave of support has passed. You can help by letting your loved one know they can always lean on you.
Option B Stories
When you’re facing one of life’s hardest moments, it can help to hear directly from people who’ve been there. Explore stories of loss, hardship, and healing.
—Janine KwohRead Janine’s story
—Julie Lythcott-HaimsRead Julie’s story
—Lauren BookRead Lauren’s story
—Katie CouricRead Katie’s story
—Christopher PoulosRead Christopher’s story
—Wiebke FrömchenRead Wiebke’s story
Resources for Grief
Grief is one of life’s most universal hardships — but it’s also deeply personal. Our resources can help you understand common practices that help with processing grief, so you can find what works best for you and your loved ones. You can also join our Coping with Grief Facebook group to connect with a community of people around the world who’ve experienced different types of grief and loss.Find ways to navigate grief
Option B Group
Coping with Grief Group
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