“The act of living is different all through. Her absence is like the sky, spread all over everything.” – C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Where families can go for answers.

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Reference Links

Someone you loved has died. You are beginning a journey that is often frightening, painful and sometimes lonely. No words, written or spoken, can take away the pain you now feel.

The following organizations are additional sources of information, education and referral that may bring you some comfort and encouragement as you make a commitment to help yourself heal.

Funerals and Related Matters – National Organizations and Support Resources

National Self-Help Organizations and Support Groups

  • AARP, Widowed Person’s Services – http://www.aarp.org
    Independent branches of this organization can be found by searching online for Widowed Person’s Services and the name of your town and state.
  • American Association of Suicidology – http://suicidology.org
    Information and resources; referrals to suicide survivor groups
  • Center for Loss and Life Transition – http://centerforloss.com
    Resources, education and training, and referral for bereaved families; provides certificate program in Death and Grief studies for bereavement professionals
  • The Compassionate Friends – http://www.compassionatefriends.org
    Information and resources for bereaved families who have experienced the death of a child
  • The Doug Center – http:// www.dougy.org
    Information, education, referral and support for children and families; publishes a national directory of support programs for bereaved children
  • Share – http://nationalshare.org
    Pregnancy and infant loss support
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) – http://www.MADD.org
    Education, resources and advocacy for bereaved families
  • Parents of Murdered Children, Inc – http://wwwpomc.com
    Information, resources and support for bereaved families
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care – http://www.nhpco.org
  • National Institute of Mental Health Public Inquiries – http://www.nimh.nih.govEducation and publications for families and professionals