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Grief Support Groups, Resources & Information

Organizations offering nationwide grief support services to help the bereaved

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Updated January 31, 2014

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A grief support group can help those mourning the loss of a loved one.

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Faced with the death of someone we love, each of us will mourn that individual in different ways. While some will turn inward to cope with this loss and do not want or need others, many will look outward and find comfort in sharing the pain, anger, depression and other emotions associated with death with others.

For the latter, grief support and recovery groups -- whether conducted in-person, online or both -- can help them heal from the hurt caused by the forever-loss of death.

Below is a list of organizations that offer nationwide grief support and recovery services, information and other resources to help the bereaved. Because many of these organizations specialize in the grief associated with a particular type of circumstance, the list is arranged alphabetically by the type of loss. (The "General Loss" category offers listings that you might find helpful regardless of the cause of death.)

This list is not comprehensive. The organizations shown below appear here because they offer grief support and recovery services, information and other resources to people regardless of geographic location. Therefore, you should also search for grief support and recovery groups in your community. These meetings are often held in churches, community centers, hospitals and healthcare clinics, funeral homes, school gymnasiums and other gathering spaces. If you cannot locate information about a grief support and recovery group in your community online, then you should contact a funeral home in your community for suggestions.

Please help me keep this list accurate. Every listing/URL shown below is accurate as of the date next to the title above but, unfortunately, Internet links change often. If you encounter a non-functioning URL, please send that link to me via email to dying@aboutguide.com. In addition, if you know of a group you'd like to suggest that provides nationwide grief support, please send an email to me at the same address.

List History
01/31/2014: New groups added.
01/03/2014: List updated and all links verified.
02/26/2013: Original list published.

Addiction Loss
GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing), http://grasphelp.org

Aircraft Loss
ACCESS (AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services), http://www.accesshelp.org

Child/Grandchild Loss
Bereaved Parents of the USA, http://www.bereavedparentsusa.org
Compassionate Friends, The, http://www.compassionatefriends.org
COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) Foundation, The, http://www.copefoundation.org
Grieving.com, http://forums.grieving.com
MISS Foundation, The, http://www.missfoundation.org
Webhealing.com, http://webhealing.com/forums

Firefighter Loss
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, http://www.firehero.org

General Loss
AARP, http://www.aarp.org/relationships/grief-loss
About.com Death & Dying Forum, http://forums.about.com/ab-dying
Aftertalk, http://www.aftertalk.com
Dougy Center, The, http://www.dougy.org
GriefNet.org, http://www.griefnet.org
GriefShare, http://www.griefshare.org
Grieving.com, http://forums.grieving.com
Light Beyond, The, http://www.thelightbeyond.com
National Alliance for Grieving Children, http://childrengrieve.org
National Students of AMF (Actively Moving Forward; for college students), http://www.studentsofamf.org
New York Life Foundation, The, http://www.newyorklife.com/achildingrief
Open to Hope, http://www.opentohope.com
Rainbows, http://www.rainbows.org/index.asp

Law-enforcement Loss
C.O.P.S. (Concerns Of Police Survivors), http://www.nationalcops.org

Military/Armed Services Loss
T.A.P.S. (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), http://www.taps.org

Miscarriage/Pregnancy/SIDS/Stillbirth Loss
Baby Center, http://community.babycenter.com/groups/a15155/miscarriage_stillbirth_infant_loss_support
BabySteps, http://www.babysteps.com
CJ Foundation for SIDS, http://www.cjsids.org
First Candle, http://www.firstcandle.org
Grieve Out Loud, http://grieveoutloud.org
Hand to Hold, http://handtohold.org
Healing Hearts, http://www.babylosscomfort.com
Hygeia Foundation, http://hygeiafoundation.org
Missing GRACE Foundation, http://www.missinggrace.org
Naomi's Circle, http://www.naomiscircle.org/index.html
Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, http://www.nationalshare.org
Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program, http://www.sudc.org

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

Parent Loss
Camp Erin (for children), http://www.moyerfoundation.org/programs/CampErin.aspx
Grieving.com, http://forums.grieving.com
Webhealing.com, http://webhealing.com/forums

Pet Loss
APLB (Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement), http://aplb.org
Grieving.com, http://forums.grieving.com
Pet Loss Grief Support, http://www.petloss.com
Pet Partners, https://www.petpartners.org

Sibling Loss
Bereaved Parents of the USA, http://www.bereavedparentsusa.org
Compassionate Friends, The, http://www.compassionatefriends.org
Grieving.com, http://forums.grieving.com
Twinless Twins Support Group, http://www.twinlesstwins.org
Webhealing.com, http://webhealing.com/forums

Spouse/Partner Loss
Beginning Experience, http://www.beginningexperience.org
Grieving.com, http://forums.grieving.com
National Widower's Organization, http://www.nationalwidowers.org
Parents Without Partners, http://www.parentswithoutpartners.org
Single Fathers Due to Cancer, http://www.singlefathersduetocancer.org
Webhealing.com, http://webhealing.com/forums

Suicide Loss
American Association of Suicidology, http://www.suicidology.org
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, http://www.afsp.org
Grieving.com, http://forums.grieving.com
HEARTBEAT, http://heartbeatsurvivorsaftersuicide.org/index.shtml
S.A.V.E. (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), http://www.save.org
SiblingSurvivors.com, http://siblingsurvivors.com
Webhealing.com, http://webhealing.com/forums

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