Grief, Loss, and Bereavement Support Groups

These support groups and organizations can help you cope

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Grief and bereavement support groups can help you cope with the pain caused by the death of a loved one.. Photo © Tom Merton/Caiaimage/Getty Images

Each of us mourns the death of a loved one differently. While some people attempt to cope with their grief by themselves and do not want or need outside assistance, many others seek and find comfort in sharing the pain, anger, depression and other emotions they feel following a loss. This article provides a list of grief and bereavement support groups and organizations that offer nationwide grief support and recovery services, information and other resources to help the bereaved.

About This List

The following groups and organizations offer nationwide grief, loss and bereavement support and recovery services, information and other resources. Because many of these groups specialize in the grief associated with a particular type of circumstance, this 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.)

Moreover, this list is not comprehensive. The groups and organizations shown below appear here because they offer assistance regardless of where you live. Therefore, you should also search for grief, loss and bereavement 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 local funeral home for suggestions.

Finally, every listing/URL below is accurate as of the date at the end of this list but, unfortunately, Internet links can change.

Grief, Loss & Bereavement Support Groups

Addiction Loss
GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing),

Aircraft/Aviation Loss
ACCESS (AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services),

Child/Grandchild Loss
Bereaved Parents of the USA,
Compassionate Friends, The,
COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) Foundation, The,
• Grief Healing,,
MISS Foundation, The,,

Firefighter Loss
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation,

General Loss
Dougy Center, The,
• Dying, Funerals & Grief Forum,
• Grief Healing,,
Hello Grief,
Light Beyond, The,
National Alliance for Grieving Children,
National Students of AMF (Actively Moving Forward; for college students),
New York Life Foundation, The,
Open to Hope,

Law-enforcement Loss
C.O.P.S. (Concerns Of Police Survivors),

Hospice Foundation of America,
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging,
Note: Many LGBT bereavement support groups operate locally, and you should search for one in your area.

Military/Armed Services Loss
Camp Hometown Heroes (for children/teens),
T.A.P.S. (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors),

Miscarriage/Pregnancy/SIDS/Stillbirth Loss
Baby Center,
CJ Foundation for SIDS,
First Candle,
Grief Healing,
Grieve Out Loud,,
Hand to Hold,
Healing Hearts,
Hope After Loss,
Missing GRACE Foundation,
Naomi's Circle,
Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support,
Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Program,
Tears Foundation, The,

Murder Loss
Parents of Murdered Children,

Parent Loss
Camp Erin (for children),
• Grief Healing,,,

Pet Loss
APLB (Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement),
• Grief Healing,,
Pet Loss Grief Support,

Sibling Loss
Bereaved Parents of the USA,
Compassionate Friends, The,
• Grief Healing,,
Twinless Twins Support Group,,

Spouse/Partner Loss
Beginning Experience,
• Grief Healing,,
National Widower's Organization,
Parents Without Partners,
Single Fathers Due to Cancer,,

Suicide Loss
American Association of Suicidology,
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,,
S.A.V.E. (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education),,
Survivors of Suicide,,

List History
09/17/2015: New groups added and all links verified.
09/23/2014: New groups added and all links verified.
01/31/2014: New groups added.
01/03/2014: New groups added and all links verified.
02/26/2013: Original list published.

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