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Grief Support Resources

 

General

Webhealing.com
An interactive grief website.

*Griefshare (support groups, encouraging daily emails, Christian)
Our favorite faith-based grief support group and daily emails of encouragement. Griefshare groups are Christian-based and worldwide. Anne-Marie really likes them. Groups are 13 weeks long and you can begin at any time. Anne-Marie didn’t like her first group so tried another one and it was a great fit so don’t hesitate to find one which works for you. You can also sign up for daily encouraging emails for one year.

Spark of Life (retreat, online grief course) 
Online and in-person grief retreats.

Griefnet (support group)  
Email support groups.

Empathy (app)
Personal companion for loss.

Good Grief (website, blog, support group)
Retreats all over the US for bereaved children, young adults and their families.

Willow House (virtual book club – Chicago-only)
Conversations around grief, death, transitions and healing. Selections in a wide range of topics.

Faith & Hope Hospice and Palliative Care (website, blog, workshop)
Faith & Hope provides hospice, palliative, and bereavement care services in the Los Angeles area.

Center for Loss & Life Transition (website, books)
An organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them by offering resources and understanding. 

Actively Moving Forward
A national network created in response to the needs of grieving young adults (18-30). For over a decade, they have connected, supported and empowered grieving young adults to “actively move forward” in memory of their person. These young adults support one another and are encouraged to actively move forward in memory of their person.

Griefwatch (gifts)
A publisher and manufacturer of bereavement books and materials used by families and professionals around the country. It is based at the 18th Ave Peace House, the site of a variety of ministries focused on hospitality, community, peace-making, and care for the dying.

Open to Hope (articles, podcasts, videos)
Helping people find hope after loss. Read, listen and share your stories of hope and compassion.

What’s Your Grief
A place for sharing, support, resources, & more.

Domani for Grief (resource)
Grief support, honest conversation, and heartfelt community.

Grieving.com (forums, chatrooms)
Providing grief support via community interaction.

Daily Strength (support group)
Are you grieving the loss of a loved one? Whether you lost someone recently or it’s been years, grief and its accompanying emotions can be complicated to cope with. Join our online support group to connect with a supportive group of people who really know how you feel. Help is right here.

Recover From Grief
Grief loss recovery – Hope & health through creative grieving.

Journey of Hearts (website)
A Unique Medical/Healthcare Web Resource
Journey of Hearts is a unique web experience. This site combines elements of medicine, psychiatry, poetry, prose and images to provide resources and support to those who have experienced loss.

Virtual Memorials
A Virtual Memorial is an Online Memorial Website that celebrates the personal life story of a departed loved one.
Virtual Memorials was founded in 1996 and hosts thousands of online memorial websites.

Webhealing (forums)
Webhealing offered the first internet interactive forums for the bereaved in 1995. These forums are now read-only and can be accessed here. Forums include Death of a Child, Spouse, Sibling, Parent, Suicide and more.

Grief Out Loud (podcast)
Remember the last time you tried to talk about grief and suddenly everyone left the room? Hosted by Jana DeCristofaro and produced by Dougy Center, Grief Out Loud is opening up this often avoided conversation because grief is hard enough without having to go through it alone. We bring you a mix of personal stories, tips for supporting children, teens, and yourself, and interviews with professionals. Platitude and cliché-free, we promise!

What’s Your Grief (website)F
As mental health professionals who have experienced significant losses ourselves, we know individual grief is unique and there is no “right” way to cope. Our goal is to create a community that provides hope, support, and education to anyone wishing to understand the complicated experience of life after loss.

(podcast)

In this podcast series Eleanor Haley and Litsa Williams, the two mental health professionals behind the grief website What’s Your Grief, seek to leave no stone unturned in demystifying the complicated and sometimes crazy experience of living life after loss.

One digestible topic at a time, Haley and Williams distill topics ranging from grief theory to coping. Grievers and grief professionals alike will find their approach practical, relatable, informative and engaging. Grief is sad and confusing, but your grief support doesn’t have to be.

 

Loss of Spouse

*Soaring Spirits (online & support groups, pen-pals, conferences)
Support for anyone who has lost a life partner, new widow packets, online groups, Camp Widow.  One of our favorite resources for widows and widowers. Can request newly widowed packet.  Camp Widow conferences in various locations at which Ron & Anne-Marie often speak.  https://campwidow.org/

W Connection (online & some in person support group and resources, webinars and clubs  – membership fee)

The W Connection is a national non-profit of widows helping widows rebuild their lives after the life-changing event of losing a spouse. 

The truth is, there are very few resources out there for widows beyond conventional grief counseling.  But, when we lose our life partners widows also lose their financial partner, their social partner, their emotional partner, and many of their hopes for the future.

  • A personal welcome by a ‘FirstConnect’ Volunteer, a fellow member and widow who will introduce to our community and programs;
  • Weekly virtual peer-led programming, based on where you are on your widow journey, with new themes every month.
  • Monthly Virtual Wellness Webinars and Workshops hosted by experts in their field;
  • Virtual book club with books focused on extraordinary women. 
  • Local in-person W Clubs in select areas (and growing);
  • Quarterly in-person Step Outs, a great way to connect with members from around the country.  Locations are chosen in advance so there is time to make travel plans.
  • Monthly Newsletter to keep our members up to date with events, news, stories and information.
  • Access to Private Member Roster.

 

WidowNet (online chat, message boards, FAQs, email lists, Facebook)
Online information and self-help resources for coping with a loss. Created for, and by, widows and widowers. 

National Widowers’ Org
The National Widowers’ Organization is a virtual toolkit for men coping with the loss of a loved one, a place where men can meet others going through the same transition.
From their website: There are a lot of things men suffer alone. That’s part of our DNA. We find great personal satisfaction in accomplishing on our own, independently. We famously won’t ask for directions, won’t admit when we are lost – we prefer to find our own way home. And eventually we do. Most of the time. And that’s fine; that’s our way. But, as new and continuing research shows, there’s one loss that men could use a little help from their friends to cope with. That’s the loss of a spouse or a lover or a parent or a child or a lifelong friend. And it’s often help that only other men can provide. Because we understand, many times without saying the words, where you’re at, how you got there and even why.

Men’s Grief Network

Connecting men in grief. The Men’s Grief Network® educates the public about the special needs of men who have lost their spouse or life partner, child, parent or sibling. We do this by promoting the development of support groups for men to manage their grief and adjust to a new life and by advocating for research into men’s unique needs to deal with grief.  This is a project of the National Widower’s Organization

 

Daily Strength (support group)
This community is dedicated to those who have lost a husband, wife, or partner. Anything is open for discussion here, with the hope that we can focus on grief, bereavement, life after loss, and continuing on after a great loss.

Webhealing (forums)
Webhealing offered the first internet interactive forums for the bereaved in 1995. Those forums are now read only and can be accessed here. Forums include Death of a Child, Spouse, Sibling, Parent, Suicide and more.

Beginning Experience, http://www.beginningexperience.org 

Parents Without Partners, http://www.parentswithoutpartners.org 

Single Fathers Due to Cancer, http://www.singlefathersduetocancer.org 

 

Loss Of Parent

Young Children

The Dougy Center Dougy Center is world-renowned for our expertise and approach to childhood bereavement.  Resources and support for all aged children – young, teens and young adults. 

Camp Erin (for children), http://www.moyerfoundation.org/programs/CampErin.aspx 

Grief Healing, http://www.griefhealingdiscussiongroups.com 

Webhealing.com, http://webhealing.com/forums 

National Alliance for Grieving Children, http://childrengrieve.org 

New York Life Foundation, The, http://www.newyorklife.com/achildingrief 

College Age

National Students of AMF (Actively Moving Forward; for college students), http://www.studentsofamf.org 

Adult Children

Hope Connection virtual support group for adult children who have lost a parent 

 

Loss of Child

*Compassionate Friends
National, self-help organization providing grief support after the death of a child. Included a chapter locator and supportive online brochures. 

COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) is a non-profit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child.
 

Bereaved Parents of the USA, http://www.bereavedparentsusa.org 

Grief Healing, http://www.griefhealingdiscussiongroups.com 

MISS Foundation http://www.missfoundation.org 

Webhealing.com, http://webhealing.com/forums 

Umbrella Ministries, http://umbrellaministries.com for mothers who have experienced the loss of a child

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) (website, online database, books). Prevent suicide and help family and friends bereaved by suicide with community, campus, and overnight walks.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (website, workshops, seminars)Provides online information and resources regarding children’s trauma treatment for parents, frontline providers, and professional workers (in Spanish and English).

The Compassionate Friends (Facebook support pages)Facebook support groups for parents, grandparents or siblings.

Parents of Murdered Children, http://www.pomc.com/index.html 

Infant Loss, Miscarriage or Stillborn

Babies Remembered
Honoring the sacred lives of precious babies, never forgotten, always loved.

Baby Steps
Support for those on the long road to recovery from the loss of a baby.

Center for Loss in Multiple Births
We are parents who have experienced the death of one or more, both or all of our twins or higher multiples at any time from conception through birth, infancy and childhood. 

Grieving for Babies
Guides families and professionals towards understanding a grief caused by the death of a baby during pregnancy, at birth and in the first few months of life.

Infants Remembered In Silence, Inc.
A site offering support, education and resources on the death of a child in early pregnancy (miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy etc.), or from premature birth, stillbirth, neonatal death, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), illness and all other types of infant and early childhood death.

Missing GRACE Foundation
Missing GRACE Foundation’s mission is to provide resources and support for families that have experienced: pregnancy loss, infant loss, infertility or adoption and to advocate for comprehensive, patient-focused prenatal care for all women. Five core areas encompass the heart of the mission: Grieve, Restore, Arise, Commemorate and Educate.

National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.(email)
A self-help group dedicated solely to the aftermath and prevention of murder.

Silent Grief  Support for All Who Have Suffered Miscarriage and Later Child Loss.

Sudden Infant Death Network
A World of Information & Support.

3 Hopeful Hearts
Grief Companion Support for Those Impacted by the death of a baby or child.

The Compassionate Friends (support groups)
The mission of The Compassionate Friends: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family 
(facebook support pages)  Facebook support groups for parents, grandparents or siblings.

Share
A community for anyone who has experienced the death of their baby. They serve parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, as well as the professionals who care for grieving families.

Baby Center, http://community.babycenter.com/groups/a15155/miscarriage_stillbirth_infant_loss_support  

CJ Foundation for SIDS, http://www.cjsids.org 

First Candle, http://www.firstcandle.org 

Hand to Hold, http://handtohold.org 

Healing Hearts, http://www.babylosscomfort.com 

Hope After Loss, http://www.hopeafterloss.org 

Naomi’s Circle,

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, http://www.nationalshare.org 

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program, http://www.sudc.org 

Tears Foundation, The, http://www.thetearsfoundation.org 

 

Suicide

SAVE SAVE keeps an updated list of support groups across the country. Use the interactive map to find support groups nearest to you.

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) (support groups, resources) Prevent suicide, and help family and friends bereaved by suicide with community, campus, and overnight walks

Crisis Hotlines Crisis hotlines.

Christian suicide loss Clinging to God after the unthinkable. They also have a blog.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention I’ve lost someone
You are not alone. Suicide affects millions each year, and thanks to our donors and volunteers—many of whom are loss survivors themselves—we can provide these resources to help you heal.

Event – International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is an event in which survivors of suicide loss come together to find connection, understanding, and hope through their shared experience. This year, International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is Saturday, November 19, 2022. Event registration and locations will be posted mid-summer of 2022. If you have questions please contact your local AFSP chapter or email survivorday@afsp.org.

Support Groups – AFSP lists U.S. and international suicide bereavement support groups as a public service to loss survivors.

Alliance of Hope The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors was created by survivors for survivors. We provide online healing support and other services for people who are coping with a devastating loss to suicide. Our online forum operates like a 24/7 support group. Our website contains support resources and information on the survivor experience.

Survivors of Suicide The purpose of the Survivors Of Suicide website is to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way.

Befrienders Worldwide Our members and volunteers around the world provide confidential support to people in emotional crisis or distress, or those close to them.

National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide The AAS National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide believes that suicide can often be prevented. For example, many youths give warning signs if they are considered taking their lives, and intervening can save their lives. Other youth may be kept from reaching the point of even thinking about suicide by individuals reaching out and showing them they care. Strong communities, safe schools, and supportive families all help the development of healthy youth. For youth struggling with mental illness and or substance abuse, effective services make a difference.

Webhealing Webhealing offered the first internet interactive forums for the bereaved in 1995. These forums are now read-only and can be accessed here. Forums include Death of a Child, Spouse, Sibling, Parent, Suicide and more.

 

Long Term Illness

 

CancerCare Grief counseling for residents of New York or New Jersey.

Support Groups

Podcasts

Accident

 

Crime

National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.(email)
A self-help group dedicated solely to the aftermath and prevention of murder. 

Military

Taps – The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS) provides a wide variety of programs and information to survivors, military and casualty personnel and others.

Additional resources:

Addiction Loss 

Aircraft/Aviation Loss