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Grief Resources

When a friend or loved one is grieving, it is hard to know what to say or how to show your support. Finding a gift that expresses your sympathy and is genuinely comforting to the recipient is a challenging task. Acknowledgements has developed the perfect line of gifts that honors this difficult time.

The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
368 Veterans Memorial Highway
Commack, New York 11725
Tel. 631-543-2217
Fax. 631-543-6977

The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress is a multidisciplinary network of professionals who are committed to the advancement of intervention for survivors of trauma. The Academy aims to identify expertise amony professionals, across disciplines, and to provide meaningful standards for those who work regularly with survivors. The site provides information on grief and trauma as well as many resources.

The Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
ADEC is a multi-disciplinary professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in death education, bereavement counseling, and care of the dying. Based on theory and quality research, ADEC provides information, support, and resources to its multicultural membership and, through them, to the public.

Bereaved Families of Ontario-Toronto
602-36 Eglinton Ave. West. Toronto, ON M4R 1A1

Mutual support bereavement programs for parents, children, adolescents, young adults and adults who have experienced a death in the family. Website includes articles, information, an interactive message board and links to 13 other BFO affiliates in Ontario.

Bereavement Net

Bereavement Net is an organization dedicated to the provision of professional grief counselling and support services in the Golden Horseshoe Area of Ontario, Canada. It offers support groups, private counselling, educational seminars, and workshops tailored to the needs of the bereaved and those who wish to learn more about the grief process.

Brief Encounters
Metanoia Peace Community
United Methodist Church
2116 NE 18th Ave.
Portland, OR 97212
Message Phone: (503) 699-8006

Established in 1992 by a group of parents, Brief Encounters is a non-profit, non-sectarian support group for parents whose babies have died before, during, or after birth. At informal, mutually supportive meetings, bereaved parents and their families share their stores, discuss issues that arise from pregnancy and infant loss, and remember their children. Through talking or just listening, we learn what grief is—-and how, through understanding and caring, we heal.

The Bruderhof Grief Companion
The Bruderhof Grief Companion is a service offered by the Bruderhof Communities, an international movement of intentional communities. For over eighty years, we have tried to counter the increasing fragmentation and isolation of modern society by living together in settlements where we can love and care for one another, carry one another's burdens, and make sure no one falls through the cracks.


The goal of this website is "to reach and help as many family caregivers as possible with reliable senior care and health information." It includes a special section devoted to grief resources.

The Center for Grieving Children
49 York Street
Portland, Maine 04101
Tel. 207-775-5216

The Center for Grieving Children provides both educational outreach and supportive therapy for grieving children and their families. They have posted information about supporting children during the current crisis. Their mission is to provide loving support to grieving children and the community through peer support, outreach, and education. They provide a safe environment for those who are grieving the death or coping with a life-threatening illness of a family member or friend.

The Compassionate Friends
Toll-free: 877-969-0010

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees. The secret of TCF's success is simple: As seasoned grievers reach out to the newly bereaved, energy that has been directed inward begins to flow outward and both are helped to heal. The vision of The Compassionate Friends is that everyone who needs us will find us and everyone who finds us will be helped.

Crisis Grief and Healing

Crisis, Grief, and Healing is an award winning web site created by Tom Golden, LCSW, providing information about grief, a memorial site, chat groups, and more, with a focus on gender differences in grief. Tom Golden is an author, speaker, and psychotherapist in private practice, and has written several books on gender and grief, as well as been interviewed on major television stations about grief. His newest book, Swallowed by a Snake is excerpted on this web site.

Drowning Support Network
Nancy J. Rigg, Moderator

The Drowning Support Network is a peer support group for people who have lost loved ones in incidents involving drowning or other aquatic accidents, especially when no physical remains have been recovered, or the recovery process has been lengthy and difficult. We hope that by joining together, we can not only lend one another support, but also lobby for change in the way these emergencies are handled.

For the Loss of a Child

For the Loss of a Child is a support group in Encino, California for parents who have lost a child. The group meets regularly and provides a Hot Line as well. The website provides support, some information, and a place to express your feelings and thoughts.

Gift From Within

Persons with PTSD and related traumatic stress syndromes deserve the same charitable support that sustains individuals and families suffering the impact of cancer, heart disease and stroke. At least 20,000,000 Americans have experienced some forms of PTSD. Gift From Within was founded to help provide this support. It provides articles, an online support group, and other online services. Gift From Within sells educational video tapes about PTSD.

Good Grief Rituals
A web site featuring the book Good Grief, with discussion of importance of grieving, rituals for grieving and announcement of workshops.

Grief-and-Bereavement.com is created by Gayle Watts in dedication to a close family member who recently passed away. She has collected a lovely assortment of poems, has a list of grief resources, and gentile words of encouragement.

Grief Healing
Offers information, comfort and support to those who are anticipating or coping with the loss of a loved one, whether that is a person or a cherished animal companion. Includes helpful articles on various aspects of grief, inspirational writing and poetry, extensive lists of categorized links to dozens of other resources, and grief discussion forums moderated by certified hospice bereavement counselors.

GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have 37 email support groups and two web sites. They provide an integrated approach to online grief support which provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of all kinds.

Grief's Journey
Grief's Journey's primary focus is on the bereavement for the loss of a spouse and life partner. Our commonality is our journey through grief. It unites us in our desire to find the tools to cope with our loss and manage our grief. It unites us in our hope to discover the means to incorporate our loved one's death into our living. It unites us as we remember and cherish the life and the love shared with one we so sorely miss. This site provides an active chat room and resources on multiple topics.

Grief Support Center for Children and Families
P.O. Box 259
York, Maine 03909
Tel. 207-363-9151
The Grief Support Center is a non-profit, community-based organization, founded by teachers, artists, therapists and community workers in 1996 with assistance from York Hospital and York Hospice. Their group facilitators receive 30 hours of training covering issues of grief, loss, children's grief, and group process, and ongoing peer support and professional guidance. The Grief Support Center also provides training and consultatin to area schools in response to a loss in the school community. All support groups are free. Referrals are made for therapy and counseling.

Growth House, Inc.
This award-winning web site is 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.

Guild of Service

The Guild of Service is a social service organization dedicated to helping the outcast widows of India, many of whom end up in the "City of Widows" or Vrindavan. The Guild of Service gathers resources to help these widows who range from the very young to the very old. This site provides information about this important work and the status of widows in India, as well as ways that we can all help.

Help Sonny's Kids and Carry on a Legacy of Hope
Sonny's Kids Foundation
Sonny's Kids Foundation has been put in place to honor the memory of James "Sonny" Buchanan whose life was abruptly brought to an end by the killer in Maryland. This foundation has been created to continue Sonny's dedication to helping others. Actively involved in The Boys and Girls Club of America and Crime Solvers, Sonny was a mentor to many children in Montgomery County, Maryland. Sonny's Kids Foundation honors his belief that everyone should be given chance to earn an education regardless of his or her background by providing scholarships and educational funds to those in need.

The Hemlock Society, USA
P.O.Box 101810
Denver, Colorado 80250-1810
Tel. 800-247-7421

The Hemlock Society is the oldest and largest right-to-die organization in the United States. It provides current information on planning for a peaceful death, and is involved in lobbying for changing laws on the issue of assisted death.

Hoping Skills Company, LLC
140 Elliott Street, Suite 3
Beverly, MA 01915
U.S.A. Hoping.Skills@verizon.net
Toll Free U.S. 888-815-HOPE
Tel: (978) 921-2237
Fax: (978) 921-2239

Linda and Cindy have collaborated to create Hoping Skills Company, LLC and the Tomauro™Kit. They believe that children and adults dealing with serious illness, grief and loss will benefit from their meaningful products and compassionate services that guide inner strength and encourage self-expression. Cindy and Linda offer to you...Today’s hope for tomorrow™. Linda Crawford is a bereaved parent and Cindy Clark is a certified child life specialist.

Jo Poi

Jo Poi means grandmother in Cambodian. My Grandma and I had an indescribable 25-year relationship. She was my best friend, spiritual guide and life partner. When I first met her, she was already in her 70's so my whole life, I have been preparing for her death. It finally came last year at 7:28pm, July 31, 2002. I had written many songs years before, the song "7:28" on the eve of her death and many songs since. These are songs that will be uploaded to my website regularly as they are produced. These songs are my way of giving back to the universe to repay the marvelous gift it shared with me for decades. I hope they will help people to heal the way they have helped me. It's the most meaningful thing I can do...share my Grandma's love for the benefit of all beings. Please listen to the sample song on the site to get an idea of the music. Life is short and we who realize it must do our utmost to ease suffering.

Marta Felber, author of Grief Expressed and Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies
Explore this beautiful website and share your own life words of comfort and inspiration with Marta Felber. Original photos and stories by Marta provide the motivation for interaction. There are chapters from her books and additional materials on grief. Also a comprehensive resource section.

New Hope
#005 3402 - 27th Ave. Vernon, BC
Based in the beautiful Okanagan valley of central BC, we offer support for widows and widowers, particularly in the first two or three years of adjustment. Having been widowed ourselves, we are non-professionals who believe that those who have walked the journey of grief are uniquely able to empathize with and care in a special way for those who are mourning the death of a spouse. New Hope offers: Hope for widows and widowers; A bi-monthly newsletter; Support for grieving families; An annual retreat for widow/ers; One on one support; Access to resources; Internet support; Internet site for grieving teens; Connections with others on the grief journey; Connections to other helping organizations; Monthly support groups in Vernon and Kelowna, BC; A drop-in Coffee Time once a week at our Resource Center in Vernon.

The Nicholas Green Foundation
The Nicholas Green Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the cause of organ donation around the world. It does this by spreading information to increase awareness of the shortage of donors everywhere. It also supports a broad range of children's causes, including the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards Program.

Nicholas Green was a young boy vacationing with his family in Italy. Incredibly, he was killed by highway robbers while there. His parents, Reg and Maggie Green, decided to donate his organs which benefitted seven different Italians. They spoke openly to the media about their loss and their decision, bring attention to the cause of organ donation to national and international attention. In the days following Nicholas' death, the number of people signing organ donor cards in Italy quadrupled, and donations continue to remain higher than before his death.

The Green's turned their tragic loss into a positive force in the world and continue to bring benefits to large numbers of people internationally through the Nicholas Green Foundation and the programs they sponsor through the foundation. Feeling that it is important to recognize distinguished children who are around the age that Nicholas was when he died, the Greens created teh Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards Program and the Nicholas Green Scholarship Fund.

Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards Program
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) sponsors the NAGC-Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award Program. One student in each state of the United States is selected for their achievements in academics, leadership, or the visual or performing arts. Along with a Certificate of Excellence by the NAGC the winning students recieve a $500.00 U.S. Savings Bond.

Self Help and Psychology Magazine
Self Help and Psychology Magazine is an educational magazine written by psychologists. Articles address general psychology topics with a focus on their practical applications.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
National Headquarters
1621 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
General Info:
Survivor Resources: help@taps.org
Volunteer Info: volunteer@taps.org
Phone: 202-588-TAPS (8277) Hotline: 800-959-TAPS (8277)
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc., is a one of a kind non-profit Veteran Service Organization offering hope, healing, comfort and care to thousands of American armed forces families facing the death of a loved one each year. TAPS receives absolutely no government funding, but through the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, all families faced with a death of one serving in the Armed Forces receive information about TAPS and our military survivor programs.

Widow’s Net

Widow Net is an extensively developed 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.

Women’s Net
WomensNet.Net brings a wide variety of resources and new content to the women who use the Web. Use Women’s Net to find a business mentor, learn HTML, learn how to replace the bathroom sink, or change the oil in your car. Women’s Net provides support for women’s business and website enterprises.

Widows' Rights International

Widows' Rights International (formerly Empowering Widows in Development) is an organization founded by Margaret Owen in England which serves to aid widows in developing countries gain their civil and economic rights. EWD lobbies for the rights of widows in the United Nations and has been persistent in putting widows’ issues on the international map.