Grief Resources

The death of someone we care about can be one of the most difficult experiences of life. Words seem inadequate to describe how painful the grief we feel can be.
It is often much more challenging than we expect and than others seem to think.

AARP Grief and Loss  
601 E Street NW DC 20049
Phone: 888-687-2277

Provides a collection of grief and loss resources for the whole family. In addition, you'll find a Grief Support Line and an online support community. Grief and Loss Publications. AARP offers a variety of publications that were developed especially for bereaved adults, their families, friends and others to help you cope with the death of a loved one.

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Alive Alone  
1112 Champaign Drive Van Wert OH 45891

Alive Alone is an organization for the education and charitable purposes to benefit bereaved parents, whose only child or all children are deceased, by providing a self-help network and publications to promote communication and healing, to assist in resolving their grief, and a means to reinvest their lives for a positive future.

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American Cancer Society  
Phone: 800-227-2345

Support Programs & Services. Meet other survivors, find or offer support on the Cancer Survivors Network. Find lodging, workshops, transportation, and other services and products for cancer patients, survivors, and loved ones.

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American SIDS Institute  
509 Augusta Dr. Marietta GA 30067
Phone: 800-232-7437

Provides research, education, and support for families dealing with SIDS.

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Bereaved Parents of the USA
Post Office Box 95 Park Forest IL 60466
Phone: 708-748-7866

Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA) is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to the newly bereaved be they bereaved parents grandparents nor siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings. BP/USA is open to all parents, grandparents and siblings regardless of the age Butterflyor the circumstances of the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.

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Center for Loss
3735 Broken Bow Road Fort Collins CO 80526
Phone: (970) 226-6050
Fax: 800-922-6051

The Center for Loss is dedicated to "companioning" grieving people as they mourn transitions and losses that transform their lives. We help both mourners, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and both professional caregivers and lay people, by serving as an educational resource and professional forum.

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Compassionate Friends  
P.O. Box 3696 Oak Brook IL 60522
Phone: 877-969-0010
Fax: 630-990-0246

Grief support after the death of a child. The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.

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Dying, Loss, and Grief - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I hope that it will be a source of information, resources and comfort. I know from many of you, if you are here, you are facing some of the most difficult times of your life; and perhaps dealing with the unfamiliar terrain that death and grief can bring with it. I hope to provide you with the tools and resources to help guide you through situations you may be facing. This may be a time when you feel very alone and I hope some of the information in this page can help you deal with what’s in front of you.

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Fernside  
4380 Malsbary Road Cincinnati OH 45242
Phone: 513-745-0111
Fax: 513-745-0524

Fernside is a non-profit organization offering support and advocacy to grieving families who have experienced a death. As the 2nd center in the nation, Fernside offers peer support for grieving children, teens and adults. Fernside works to increase community awareness of grief issues through community outreach.

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Grief Inc.  
4227 S. Meridian, Ste C-363 Puyallup WA 98373-5963
Phone: 888-564-6018
Fax: 206-339-5486

Grief Inc. is the official home of Darcie Sims, Tony Sims, and Alicia Sims Franklin. Darcie and Alicia are internationally recognized public speakers on the topics of grief and grief support. Tony is nationally known as a presenter and management consultant. Founded in 1986, Big A and Company began as a dream with the publication of Alicia's book on sibling grief, Am I Still a Sister?, the first book written by a kid for kids. In 1990, Darcie's Why Are the Casseroles Always Tuna? was published, and the candle of hope continues to burn as brightly as ever. In July of 2000, Big A and Company became Grief Inc. and the dreams have only grown larger. Grief Inc. provides seminars, trainings, community seminars, books, tapes, and more than 30 years of experience helping others light the candle of hope.

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Grief and Loss.com  

Losing a loved one is a very difficult part of life. If you have lost a loved one, God bless you. You are not alone. We love you, and we support you. And please understand that the pain that you are now feeling comes from the LOVE that you have for your loved one. You will feel pain, you will feel sadness, but you will go on; and your loved one will always be with you in many ways. Soon, you will be able to CELEBRATE the life of your loved one. What a wonderful person to think about…what great memories you have. And the spirit of your loved one is something that will stay with you 24 hours a day. My friend, Grief and Loss.com can be a part of your healing process.

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Growth House, Inc.  
2215-R Market Street, #199 San Francisco CA 94114
Phone: 415-863-3045

Growth House, Inc., provides this award-winning portal as your international gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life care. Our primary mission is to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying through public education and global professional collaboration. Our search engine gives you access to the Internet's most comprehensive collection of reviewed resources for end-of-life care.

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Groww, Inc.  
11877 Douglas Rd - #102-PMB101 Alpharetta GA 30005

Welcome to GROWW, an independent haven for the bereaved developed by the bereaved - OUR PLACE. Here, on GROWW, you will find your partners in pain sharing their experience and strength. We have message boards, resource listings and secure chat rooms hosted by the most loving people on the internet for all who are grieving.

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LIVING WITH LOSS™ Magazine  
PO Box 101 Eckert CO 81418
Phone: 888-604-4673

Hope and Healing for the Body, Mind and Spirit (formerly known as Bereavement Magazine) features articles, stories, poems and resources for the bereaved by grief educators and presenters, facilitators and caregivers, authors and writers, and most important the bereaved themselves. Our mission is to offer compassion and hope with the most current resources, tools and perspectives in the bereavement field. Most important, we invite the bereaved to consider alternative and innovative ways to cope with the diverse issues and concerns that make their grief.

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Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.  
402 Jackson Street St. Charles MO 63301
Phone: 800-821-6819
Fax: 636-947-7486

The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.

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The Grief Blog  

The Grief Blog is an interactive forum created by mother/daughter team Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley offering hope, guidance, and support, to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Dr.Gloria and Dr. Heidi are internationally known grief experts and psychotherapists, and dedicate each show to their deceased son and brother Scott. Their syndicated talk radio show can be heard live every Thursday, and is a top ranking show on Health Voice America. This show is re-broadcast on the new women’s channel (Greenstone Partnership), and on World Talk Radio, the World’s Largest Radio Network. Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi are frequently interviewed by the media as bereavement experts, and present at numerous conferences throughout the country .

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Widow Net  
PO Box 112 Timnath CO 80547

WidowNet. Established in 1995, it is the first online information and self-help resource for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery, and other information helpful to people, of all ages, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.

helping yourself with grief

These articles will help you understand the grief you may be feeling and how you can cope when someone you care about dies.

Mustering the Courage to Mourn
Love and Grief: In Communion and Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny Them
Will I Grieve or Will I Mourn
Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When a Parent Dies
Helping Yourself When a Baby Dies
Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season
Helping Dispel 5 Common Myths About Grief
Helping Yourself Live When You Are Seriously Ill
Helping Yourself Live When You Are Dying
Exploring the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 1
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 2
Healing Your Grieving Body: Physical Practices for Mourners
The Spiritual Path to Healing: An Introduction
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 1
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 2
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 3
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 4
Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning

helping others with grief

These articles will help you understand the dynamics of specific losses.


Helping a Friend in Grief
Helping a Man Who is Grieving
Helping a Friend Who is Dying
Helping a Friend Who is Seriously Ill
Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal
Helping a Homicide Survivor Heal
Helping a Grandparent Who Is Grieving
Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace
Helping AIDS Survivors Heal
Helping SIDS Survivors Heal
Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying
Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill
Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies
Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You

Children and Grief


Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.

Helping Children Cope with Grief
Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief
Helping Infants and Toddlers When Someone They Love Dies
Helping Children with Funerals
Helping Children Understand Cremation
Helping a Child Who is Seriously Ill
Helping a Child Who is Dying
Helping Grieving Children at School
Helping Bereaved Siblings Heal



funerals, memorials, cremation & related topics


The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.

Helping Your Family Personalize the Funeral
Helping Create a Meaningful Eulogy
Ten Freedoms for Creating a Meaningful Funeral
Why is the Funeral Ritual Important?



grief resources For Hospices & Other Caregivers


Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.

Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction
Tenet 1: Companioning Principle
Tenet 2: Companioning Principle
The Awesome Power of "Telling The Story": Why I'm Proud to be a Grief Counselor
Caregiver as Gardener: A Parable
Companioning vs. Treating: Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving
Growing Through Grief: The Role of Support Groups
Responding to Problems in the Support Group Setting
The Bereavement Caregiver's Self-Care Guidelines