Grief and Loss Resources

Losing someone close to you can be a painful and traumatic experience. And if someone you know is grieving, you may be struggling with what to say or looking for some additional ways you can offer support. Here are some additional resources that can help you, or someone you care about, cope with the death of a loved one.

Books and Media Books, music and videos on grief and loss, death and dying, sympathy and condolences, writing obituaries and eulogies, estate planning and settlement, and more.

Poetry When someone you love dies, the grief you feel can be overwhelming. Reading or writing poetry can be a helpful way to express and release emotions. Find poems about death and dying, as well as poems for grieving and healing.

National and International Grief and Loss Organizations

The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) strives to understand and prevent suicide, and offers many resources for survivors of suicide to help them cope with loss.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy.

The American Hospice Foundation supports programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages. Find a hospice near you.

CharitySmith is a nonprofit foundation committed to the creation and management of memorial funds. For those who feel inspired to do so, CharitySmith offers a simple and expedient pathway to the creation of memorials in memory of loved ones.

The Compassionate Friends assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and provides information to help others be supportive.

The Shiva Foundation is an organization dedicated to education and support for those dealing with loss and death.

Single Fathers Due to Cancer is is dedicated to helping the thousands of fathers who each year lose their spouses to cancer and must adjust to being sole parents.

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. There are thousands of GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the US, Canada and in over 10 other countries.

The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is an organization that seeks to reduce the number of youth suicides, and attempted suicides, by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs.

Teen Depression - A Guide for Parents is provided by Helpguide. The organization seeks to provide people with trustworthy, ad-free mental health information and resources. Helpguide strives to empower people with the knowledge and encouragement they need to take charge of their lives and make healthy choices.

Local Grief and Loss Organizations

The Center for Grief Recovery in Chicago, Illinois is a full-service counseling center helping persons who are dealing with emotionally intense experiences such as grief, loss, trauma, depression or abuse.

Hospice of West Alabama is a non-profit, community-based hospice provider. One of the oldest hospices in Alabama, HOWA understands the physical, emotional and spiritual continuum of care that's needed during the final stages of life.

The Institute for the Study and Treatment of Loss in Warwick, Rhode Island, has a dedicated staff of experienced and licensed clinicians who offer professional outpatient mental health services for a wide variety of issues, including grief and loss, coping with bereavement, illness and injury, anxiety and stress, and depression.

The Surviving Spouse Support Group has one goal: to fill in the gap where military life ends, and a new normal begins.

Brief Encounters is a nonprofit, nonsectarian group for parents whose babies have died before, during, or after birth. Brief Encounters provides meetings in the greater Portland, Oregon, area and local phone support. This website is available to parents around the world. Staff may not be able to return calls outside of the greater Portland area, although other resources, including newsletters, are available to the general public.

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