The "10 Essentials"


Carrying the 10 Essentials while hiking in the woods, even for a short day hike, is wise and develops into good habits. Being aware of what one is carrying ensures having options if the hike does not go as planned.

Following a death, we can look at these same 10 Essentials as a guide in our journey on a grief trail that can be unpredictable at times and unexpected with the different turns.

The 10 Essentials were developed by Dianne D. Castellano, LCSW and Alive Grief Support.


  • Click below to download the "10 Essentials."
  • Print the "10 Essentials" (front and back) on cardstock or thicker paper of your choice. 
  • Cut the cards apart along the dotted lines on the back side of the cards.
  • Use a hole punch at the top of each card, so that they can be secured together with a piece of yarn or string.

Download the "10 Essentials"