Additional Help Resources

Additional Help Resources



AARP: Grief & Loss – A Collection of Resources, A Community of Care
National grief and loss resources, writings, links and support

ACCESS: Air Disaster Victims’ Friends and Families
Assistance provided for air disaster victims’ friends and families, through peer grief mentor matching program (through telephone and e-mail) and additional resources.

American SIDS Institute
Family support providing crisis phone counseling, grief literature and referrals

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
A multi-disciplinary professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in death education, bereavement counseling and care of the dying. ADEC’s specific internet resource list can be found at

Centering Corporation
A grief resource center, dedicated to serving the needs of those healing from loss; offering books, videos and other resources. Wide selection of book choices for many different types of losses.

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children
503-775- 5683
Providing support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children and teens in grief.

Finding Our Way, Living with Dying in America
The website is based on a series of newspaper articles which offer practical advice, resources, and personal stories.

Grief Recovery Institute
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
818- 907-9600
The Grief Recovery Institute has been helping people deal with the emotions caused by death, divorce, and other losses for 25 years, through certification trainings, workshops and books. Click here to download their free grief recovery e-book.

Offers a platform for poetry and prose, references and links as well as a chat group specifically for pregnancy and neonatal loss.

My Jewish Learning
A transdenominational website of Jewish information and education geared towards learners of all religious and educational backgrounds. A comprehensive resource featuring articles, essays and guided learning on attitudes, themes and sources on traditional, practical and contemporary issues around death and mourning.

National Center for Jewish Healing
(212) 399-2320
The NCJH helps communities better meet the spiritual needs of Jews living with illness, loss and other significant life challenges. Working closely with a network of Jewish healing centers and programs throughout North America, they offer consultation, resource material, publications, training and referrals to community resources.

Life, Death and Mourning
A basic description, from an Orthodox viewpoint, on what Judaism says about Life, Death, and Mourning.

Mourners Kaddish
Translations of the Mourners Kaddish and an audio version of the Kaddish recited in Hebrew.

Ritual Well
Ritual Well is the source for innovative, contemporary Jewish ritual, with resources that address each aspect of the process of navigating death and mourning; from the moment of death, to the burial of the body, the tearing of clothes, the weeklong practice of shiva, and the recitation of kaddish.

Friends for Survival, Inc.
Friends for Survival, Inc. is an organization of people who have been affected by a death caused by suicide. We are dedicated to providing a variety of peer support services that comfort those in grief, encourage healing and growth, foster the development of skills to cope with a loss and educate the entire community regarding the impact of suicide.

Rabbinical Assembly

A Time to Grieve, A Time to Teach: Teaching Children about Death and Dying, A Challenge to Parents and Educators by Joshua Elkin

Survivors of Suicide
The purpose of the Survivors of Suicide web site is to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way.

Twinless Twins Support Group, International
PO Box 980481
Ypsilanti, MI 48198-0481
Founded to serve in support of twins (all multiple births) who suffer from the loss of companionship of their twin through death, estrangement, or in-utero loss.

Union for Reform Judaism’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns
The organizing principle of the Department of Jewish Family Concerns is the development of caring congregations. A prevalent Caring Community program involves dealing with the issues that surround support for those in mourning.

Widow NET
An information and support resource for, and by, people who have lost a spouse or life partner. Topics covered include grief, recovery, senior sites, spiritual resources, and relationship-specific information. Features include a bereavement chat room.

Pet Loss:
Pet loss grief support website.
The association for pet loss and bereavement.
A reference site to pet loss resources.


AARP  – – American Association of Retired People Grief and Loss program includes online articles, publications, support groups, and discussion boards on coping with the loss of a family member. 

ACCESS – – Aircraft Casualty Emotional Support Service provides peer grief support and resource information to those who have survived or lost loved ones in air disasters.

AFSP –  – American Foundation for Suicide prevention is dedicated to advancing knowledge of suicide and the ability to prevent it.

Compassion Connection –  – Contains articles and readings for all who have suffered a loss.

Comfort Zone Camp – – No charge nonprofit camp for siblings and children (age 7-17) coping with the loss of a sibling or parent.

Good Grief Resources  – –  connects the bereaved and their caregivers with as many bereavement support resources as possible in one efficient and easy-to-use website directory.

griefHaven – griefHaven provides loving support, hope, and hands-on tolls for those who have lost a child, brother or sister, or grandchild, and also provides education to professionals and others seeking to help bereaved family members rebuild their lives.

Griefnet – offers e-mail support groups for the bereaved including parents, siblings, and grandparents. It also offers a wide variety of bereavement related content including a comprehensive resource guide of bereavement organizations and a sister website for bereaved children, KIDSAID–

Hospice Foundation of America – – Includes information about hospice care and programs including bereavement support for families using hospice.

TAPS –  – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is made up of, and provides services to, all those who have lost a loved one while serving the country in the Armed Forces.

When a Child Has Died:

The Compassionate Friends

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 following national nonprofit organizations have missions which are similar to that of The Compassionate Friends.  Listing of sites does not imply an endorsement by TCF and is included to provide sources of useful information for bereaved families.  (This material is used with permission byThe Compassionate Friends.)

Alive Alone –  Designed to benefit bereaved parents whose only child or all children have died by providing a self-help network and newsletter to promote communication and healing.

BPUSA –  – Bereaved Parents of the USA offers support, care, and compassion for bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents.

Center for Loss in Multiple Births –  – By and for parents who have experienced the death of one or more children during a multiple pregnancy, at birth, and through childhood.

MADD – – Mothers Against Drunk Drivers has a mission to stop drunk driving, support victims of violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.

MISS – – Mothers in Sympathy and Support provides emergency support to families after the death of their baby or young child.

National SIDS Resource Center – – provides information services and technical assistance on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and related topics.

“Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”  –  – When a baby or infant has died, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, through its nationwide network of professional photographers, will arrange a tasteful private sitting at the hospital with no charge for any services or pictures.

Parents Of Murdered Children – – provides support and assistance to all survivors of homicide victims while working to create a world free of murder.

SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support – SHARE’s mission is to serve those who are touched by the tragic death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death.

SIDS Network – – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Network offers latest information, as well as support, for those who have been touched by the tragedy of SIDS/OID (other infant death).

SUDC – – Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood Program offers support, information, advocacy, and research opportunities for those touched by the sudden and unexplained death of a child (over 12 months of age).

TLC – National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children is dedicated to helping traumatized children and families restore a sense of safety and reduce the effects of trauma; information available about trauma, resources, and training for professionals.


Local Support Organizations:

This is a small sampling of support organizations in the greater Boston area.

The Children’s Room

groups meet at: 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476     phone: 781-641-4741

The Children’s Room helps grieving children, teens and families in our community to go on living fully.  It serves families from over 75 cities and towns in Massachusetts.  TCR is also part of a Massachusetts-wide network of programs helping grieving children, teens and families. The mission of The Children’s Room is to provide a safe and caring place where grieving children, teens, and families can receive peer support and the guidance of trained volunteers.  TCR enables these families to express their grief and to adapt to the many changes that accompany the death.  In addition, The Children’s Room strives to educate the community that grieving is an important part of life and is essential to an individual’s ongoing growth and development.  The web site provides an array of helpful resources from books to videos to summer camps.

The Compassionate Friends

Contact:  Carol Cole, group facilitator.  (781) 444-1091

Chapters in Needham and Concord. (national web address)

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.

Good Grief Program (at Boston Medical Center)

Director, Maria Trozzi, Ed.M.


The Good Grief Program (now in its twentieth year) provides workshops throughout the state for schools, parents and community groups, crisis intervention and development of a crisis protocol to help children develop coping skills around death, dying and loss. The CIRCLE, a project of The Good Grief Program, provides a comprehensive family bereavement support program after the death of a loved one. The CIRCLE has programs in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hingham and a CIRCLE for families who had a loved one die on Sept. 11th. We also provide Heart to Heart consultations at Boston Medical Center. Heart to Heart is a free one hour psycho-educational approach for adults to help their children before or after the loss of a loved one.

Hospice of the Good Shepherd

2042 Beacon St., Newton.

For information, call Jennifer at 617-969-6130.

Offers a number of bereavement support groups at their office.  All groups are held from 5:30-7 p.m. and are free of charge.  Participants must preregister by calling bereavement coordinator Julie Berrett at 617-969-6130.

After the Loss of a Spouse or Partner is held on Mondays.  Grieving the Death of an Adult Child is held on Tuesdays.  Adults Mourning the Death of a Parent is held on Wednesdays.

The Hospice of the Good Shepherd invites the public to an informal open house. The open house is the first Friday of each month, from 10 a.m.-noon.

The hospice provides care to people with life-limiting illnesses living either at home or in nursing homes.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services

Jewish Healing Connections
1430 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-647-5327

The mission of Jewish Healing Connections is to help ensure that people in the Jewish Community feel connected when facing isolation, illness or loss. A wide range of programs are offered.  In particular, End-of-Life and Bereavement Services provide spiritual support and a connection to Jewish tradition for those facing life-limiting illness, and their loved ones. Contact Marjorie Sokoll for questions at 781 693-5619

Drop-In Bereavement Support Group

Jewish Healing Connections offers an ongoing bi-weekly Bereavement Support Group that provides emotional and spiritual support to people living with loss. The group is offered free of charge through the Jewish Family and Children’s Service. For locations, dates, and times, please call 781-647-5327.


Samaritans offers peer support services to those who have lost a loved one to suicide, including its SafePlace support groups in communities throughout greater Boston and Metrowest, and visits by trained Survivor to Survivor Network Volunteers. SafePlace is an open peer support group of caring people who have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide.

The Samaritans provides a free and confidential 24-hour phone befriending line (617-247-0220) in Boston and (508-875-4500) in Framingham.  This unique service, staffed by trained volunteers, provides unconditional and non-judgmental support to those who are alone, depressed or in crisis.