Grief Support

Books:

The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W James and Russell Friedman
Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies by Marta Felber
Widow to Widow by Genevieve Davis Ginsburg, MS
Second Firsts – Live, Laugh and Love Again by Christina Rasmussen
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold Kushner

Online Resources:

Alliance of Hope
http://www.allianceofhope.org
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.

American Widow Project
http://americanwidowproject.org
The mission of the American Widow Project is to provide military widows with the vital support through peer-based support programs designed to educate, empower, inspire and assist in rebuilding their lives in the face of tragedy.

Camp Widow
http://www.campwidow.org
Camp Widow® is a weekend long gathering of widowed people from across the country and around the world. We come together to create a community that understands the life-altering experience of widowhood. Camp Widow® provides practical tools, valuable resources, and peer-based encouragement for rebuilding your life in the aftermath of the death of a spouse… all in a fun, uplifting, laughter-filled atmosphere.

Gary Roe – Healing Is Possible
http://www.garyroe.com/
Gary’s website provides a range of resources on grief and healing, including the Good Grief mini-course that some of our members have drawn benefit from.

Grief Share
http://www.griefshare.org
Grief Share is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

Modern Widows Club
http://modernwidowsclub.com
A widow mentoring organization. We inspire widows to live a life where anything is possible by being a friend, mentor & advocating in their favor. We hold kindness, compassion & James 1:27 to heart. Moving forward while reaching back.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
http://www.nhpco.org
If your spouse or partner is/was involved in hospice, this organization offers up to one year of free grief counseling. They also offer community outreach counseling for people whose spouse or partner were not in Hospice but still need grief counseling. Finally, if the counseling offered does not meet your needs, contact the bereavement department of your local Hospice as they are usually happy to help you locate grief services and support in your area that is more appropriate for you.

Soaring Spirits International
www.soaringspirits.org
SSLF is an inclusive, non-denominational organization focused on hope and healing through the grieving process. We are positive and forward thinking, while focusing on offering our members the tools and resources they need to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the death of a loved one.

Second Firsts
http://www.secondfirsts.com
Second Firsts was founded in 2010. We provide a scientific and process-oriented approach to releasing pain consciously and methodically by relying on our brain’s ability to give birth to new pathways, new habits and new brain connections.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
http://www.taps.org/
TAPS offers grief resources and bereavement counseling to those grieving the loss of a loved one serving in the Armed Forces. There are transition services, counseling and outreach provided through a national peer support network at no cost to those surviving families and loved ones.  They also partner with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Widowed Village
http://widowedvillage.org
Widowed Village connects peers with each other for friendship and sharing. The moderators, administrators, and others involved in running this site are widowed people like you. Peer support is an excellent, social way to learn more about living with loss while gaining the energy and ideas for your path to a new life.

Young Widow Forum
http://widda.org
The Young Widow Forum is a moderated online community that exists to help the young widowed to recover, reclaim and rebuild by facilitating the exchange of experiences, information and support. The forum offers opportunities to share your story and relate to others who share similar experiences. Sections of the board include General Topics, Timeline (topics based on time since loss), Specific Circumstances (topics based on whether or not you have children, or if your relationship was affected by suicide, addiction, mental illness or domestic violence, extreme care giving etc), Socializing and Encouragement.

Psychological Support

American Psychological Association (APA) Online Help Center
http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/
APA’s Psychology Help Center is an online consumer resource featuring articles and information related to psychological issues affecting your daily physical and emotional well-being. The website has a number of online resources, including a tool to look up phsychological support and counseling in your area.

National Suicide Prevention
Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255),
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
If you feel you are in a crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing yourself, please call the Lifeline. People have called the lifeline for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness.
When you dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255), you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. After you call, you will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You will hear hold music while your call is being routed. You will be helped by a skilled, trained crisis worker who will listen to your problems and will tell you about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.

The Recovery Village
Call: 844.278.8408
https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/co-occurring-disorders/grief/
The Recovery Village assists clients develop the necessary coping skills to maintain abstinence and the ability to problem solve other areas of life. Implementing evidence-based methods that combine clinical expertise, personal preferences, and scientific research; psychologists and mental health professionals utilize these methods to help patients learn new strategies for dealing with grief, sadness, depression, and substance abuse.

Parenting & Supporting Grieving Children

Acts of Simple Kindness
http://actsofsimplekindness.org
Acts of Simple Kindness, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that lends a helping hand to kids, under 18, of widows and widowers so that they may pursue programs in the areas of education, sports, music and the arts.

New Song Center for Grieving Children (Arizona)
http://www.hov.org/welcome-new-song-center-grieving-children
New Song Center for Grieving Children, a program of Hospice of the Valley,  offers grief support group experiences for children, teens, young adults and their family caregivers following the death of a loved one.  New Song creates a safe place in which children engage in developmentally appropriate activities including art, play, and journaling.  Adults attend their own support groups, where they learn how to help children process grief in a healthy manner and how to help themselves cope with loss.  The center also provides grief education for caregivers, community groups, schools clergy, medical and mental health professionals.  Services are all provided at no cost to participants.

Stepping Stones of Hope
http://steppingstonesofhope.org
Our programs provide support for grieving families to help bereaved children become healthy, well-adjusted adults and adults in a child’s life learn skills to navigate their own grief journey as well as build family cohesion.

Grief Camps for Children
Grief camps are a great way for kids to learn about grief and to realize they are not alone. Many camps teach kids about grief and they also educate parents how kids grieve differently than adults. The following are examples of websites for kids grief camps held in several states, however, if you don’t see one for your state, it is definitely worth doing a search online for your state.

Comfort Zone Camp
http://www.comfortzonecamp.org
Camp Courage
http://www.bereavementcamp.org
The Moyer Foundation
http://www.moyerfoundation.org
Taps Good Grief Camps (nationwide)
Call: 1800-959-8277 to find a camp in your area
Stepping Stones of Hope (Camp Paz) – Arizona only
http://www.steppingstonesofhope.org
Camp Hometown Heroes
http://www.hometownheroes.org/