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Bereavement Resources

Many children and adults have found participating in a grief support group to be helpful. Some prefer individual counseling, while others find that they can get enough support or feel more comfortable with the support they get from within their social, family, and spiritual networks.

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Bereavement Groups
www.dougy.org Dougy Center for Grieving Children. This site allows you to search by town, state or zip to find a group or bereavement center near you.

www.nationalallianceforgrievingchildren.org Provides information on support groups around the country.

Online Support and Resources for Grieving Children and Adults
www.good-grief.org This website features tip sheets and other helpful information about children's and family grief, including a TedX talk by Joe Primo.

www.taps.org Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Support for those affected by death of loved one serving in the US Armed Forces.

www.theconvoseries.com to access video footage of the 2017 Stories That Matter event, featuring Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters.  The topic was mother loss and how daughters are defined, shaped, and inspired by a mother's death. Other participants include: Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance, Allison Gilbert, author of Passed and Present, Cara Belvin, founder of EmpowerHER, Rebecca Soffer, cofounder of Modern Loss, writer Gail Eisenberg, entrepreneur Jen Bilik, college student Eva Bloche, author Cynthia Whipple, author Carole Geithner, and documentary filmmakers Carlye Rubin and Katie Green.

www.optionb.org/ offers a host of grief resources, stories, holiday support, information about building resilience, etc.

www.widowedparent.org offers information and support for widowed parents and professionals who work with them.

www.modernloss.com offers candid conversations about grief and a wealth of articles and ideas about grief and loss. 

https://whatsyourgrief.com offers grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways. 

www.refugeingrief.com offers a grief newsletter, podcasts, and online support through grief writing workshops.

hopeedelman.com for information on Motherless Daughter events and resources.

https://www.slapd.com/ Surviving Life After a Parent Dies (SLAP'd) is "a forum for teens who have coped with parental death to share their experiences with others who may understand."

www.hellogrief.org “A place to share and learn about grief and loss.” Lists state by state groups and resources.

www.moyerfoundation.org/programs/CampErin.aspx Camp Erin for grieving children and teens is held at 40 locations nationwide.

www.comfortzonecamp.org Bereavement Camp for Children.

www.campkesem.org Camps for kids affected by a parent with cancer.

www.kidsaid.com A place for kids to help each other with grief and loss. Share artwork and stories, ask questions and find answers.

Online community of people dealing with grief.

www.centering.org Resources for people experiencing various kinds of loss.

www.rainbows.org International children’s charity dedicated to helping youth successfully navigate the grief process.

www.ashleydavisbush.com Online grief support group and website devoted to transitions and loss.

Information and resources about grief.

Note: Local hospices are also a good contact point for learning about a variety of local grief resources.

Resources for parents and schools:
www.grievingstudents.org contains a rich source of resources for school personnel about talking with kids, what not to say, providing support over time, peer support, professional preparation and self-care, grief's impact on learning, and an advice line.  Free materials developed by the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement.

Local bereavement groups and libraries often have a list of books about grief. However, with the recent growth in grief literature and limited staff time, they have had a hard time keeping the bibliographies current. Here are just a few recommended book selections:

Tear Soup by Pat Schweibert and Chuck Deklyn
Picture book format, but contains very helpful guidance about the grieving process for all ages.

What Do We Tell the Children? Talking to Kids about Death and Dying by Joseph Primo

Invisible Tattoo: True Stores about Children Grieving, Living, and Loving After Loss edited by Karen Ali and Christina Miskura

Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children
Linda Goldman, Routledge (2014)

Helping Teens Cope with Death, a guidebook from The Dougy Center (1999)

A Parent's Guide to Raising Grieving Children: Rebuilding Your Family after the Death of a Loved One
Phyllis Silverman and Madelyn Kelly, Oxford Press (2009)

When Grief Enters Your School
A Guide for Schools and Families
Jane Bradley Cameron
Bereavement Center of Westchester  (2008)

Understanding and Supporting a Child or Teen Coping with Death
Jane Bradley Cameron
Bereavement Center of Westchester (2006)

Como Comprender y Apoyar a un Nino o Adolescente Enfrentando a una Muerte
Jane Bradley Cameron
Bereavement Center of Westchester (2009)