Support Organizations & Readings
Bereaved Parents of the USA – Bereaved Parents of the USA (BPUSA) is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope to bereaved parents grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.
Center for Infant & Child Loss – Center for Infant & Child Loss is committed to ensuring Maryland families facing the sudden unexpected loss of their infant or child have access to bereavement interventions, counseling, and information based on best practices and current research.
The Compassionate Friends – 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.
CJ First Candle – First Candle and CJ Foundation for SIDS have focused on a shared intent – reducing the rates of SIDS, SUID and Stillbirth and supporting those who have experienced a loss.
Children and Teens
The Dougy Center – The Dougy Center provides a safe place for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death to share their experiences through peer support groups, education, and training.
Hello Grief – Comfort Zone Camp, Inc. developed HelloGrief.org to start a discussion about the impact of loss, and how to help grieving persons cope; as well as build a community of support for those living with grief.
Helping Children Grieve – The Chesapeake Life Center Staff recognizes that you are grieving the loss of someone you love while at the same time helping your child(ren) understand death and grief.
National Alliance for Grieving Children – A nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Offers information on childhood traumatic grief for parents and caregivers to support children and teens.
Reading List for Grieving Children – A collaborative list of readings selected by Hospice of the Chesapeake that are designed to best assist children in their grieving process.
Supporting Children after a Drug-Related Loss – This booklet offers guidelines for talking with and supporting children impacted by a drug related loss, helping caregivers shape their responses to children and teens based on their needs and developmental stage.
Talking to Children about Suicide – A well-researched, thoughtful guide for parents and caregivers who are supporting grieving children and families after a death by suicide.
Teen Grief Rights – A lesson showing teens they’re entitled to grieve however they see fit. Everyone is different, and people grieve in a variety of ways. They key is ensuring you’re grieving in a healthy manor.
General Loss and Grief Support
100 Days – Dying to Tell His Story by Nancy Herzog Walker is a book about the power of loss and the greater power of love. It offers comfort, hope, and glimpses of life’s teacher hiding in plain sight. Whether you or someone you know is experiencing loss or contemplating its meaning, you will find encouragement in this family’s pilgrimage and immeasurable gifts to share.
Center for Loss & Life Transition – The Center for Loss and Life Transition is dedicated to “companioning” grieving people as they mourn significant transitions and losses that transform their lives.
GriefNet.org – An Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss.
Journey of Hearts – This site combines elements of medicine, psychiatry, poetry, prose and images to provide resources and support to those who have experienced loss, be it acute or long- standing.
What’s Your Grief? – To put it simply, this website is about grief. That probably sounds oversimplified, but grief is a complex, heavy, frustrating, scary, enormous…ahem, big topic.
Perinatal and Infant Loss
March of Dimes – Their mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – Works to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture.
Perinatal Hospice & Palliative Care – A clearinghouse of information about perinatal hospice & palliative care, including many resources for parents and caregivers as well as an international list of programs.
Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support – Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support is a community for anyone who experiences the tragic death of a baby.
Traumatic and Unexpected Loss
American Association of Suicidology – Their mission is to promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Offers programs and resources for healing as well as volunteer opportunities for survivors who find meaning in supporting their peers.
Brake – The Road Safety Charity – Road safety affects everyone. It affects whether children can go to the park or walk to school, elderly people can get to the shops, people can take up cycling to get to work or get fit, and families feel safe to get around their neighbourhoods.
Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing (GRASP) – GRASP support groups throughout the United States for those grieving an overdose death.
The Homicide Survivors – Homicide Survivors, Inc. is a nonprofit victim assistance organization dedicated to meeting the crisis and long term needs of families of murder victims. Through support, advocacy and assistance we help survivors cope emotionally, stabilize economically and help survivors seek justice for their loved ones.
International Overdose Awareness Day – International Overdose Awareness Day is committed to providing a platform to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who have lost a loved one to overdose. Events are held August 31st of each year throughout the world.
Road Peace – The national charity for road crash victims. It’s members include those who have been bereaved or injured in crashes and also those who are concerned about road danger.
What’s Your Grief – A grief and bereavement blog that also includes articles and online seminars specifically related to traumatic and unexpected losses.