Grief, Loss, and Bereavement Support Groups

These support groups and organizations can help you cope

Grief-stricken women hugging
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), http://grasphelp.org

Aircraft/Aviation 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
• Grief Healing, http://www.griefhealingdiscussiongroups.com
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
Aftertalk, http://www.aftertalk.com
Dougy Center, The, http://www.dougy.org
• Dying, Funerals & Grief Forum, http://www.facebook.com/AboutDeath
• Grief Healing, http://www.griefhealing.com
GriefNet.org, http://www.griefnet.org
GriefShare, http://www.griefshare.org
Grieving.com, http://forums.grieving.com
Hello Grief, http://www.hellogrief.org
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

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

LGBT Loss
Hospice Foundation of America, http://hospicefoundation.org
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, http://www.lgbtagingcenter.org
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), http://www.hometownheroes.org
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
Grief Healing, http://www.griefhealing.com
Grieve Out Loud, http://grieveoutloud.org
Grieving.com, http://forums.grieving.com
Hand to Hold, http://handtohold.org
Healing Hearts, http://www.babylosscomfort.com
Hope After Loss, http://www.hopeafterloss.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
Tears Foundation, The, http://www.thetearsfoundation.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
• Grief Healing, http://www.griefhealingdiscussiongroups.com
Grieving.com, http://forums.grieving.com
Webhealing.com, http://webhealing.com/forums

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

Sibling Loss
Bereaved Parents of the USA, http://www.bereavedparentsusa.org
Compassionate Friends, The, http://www.compassionatefriends.org
• Grief Healing, http://www.griefhealingdiscussiongroups.com
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
• Grief Healing, http://www.griefhealingdiscussiongroups.com
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
Survivors of Suicide, http://www.survivorsofsuicide.com
Webhealing.com, http://webhealing.com/forums

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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