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The loss of a child is a devastating experience for parents, family members and friends. It does not follow the expected course of life. The process of grief differs from person to person. For many it is long and painful, and it causes some to feel alone and forgotten by others who go on with their lives.
Bereavement Phone Counseling and Support
Family-to-Family Network for Bereaved Families
Through our Family-to-Family Program (F2F), we are able to connect bereaved parent mentors to bereaved parents looking for peer support. We would also like to connect bereaved grandparents and bereaved siblings. Mentors receive training and are available to support others through phone, email, or in-person.
If you would like to become a parent mentor for bereaved parents or meet a parent mentor, please call us at 866-228-4673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email email@example.com to inquire about dates and times of upcoming phone trainings.
“As a mentor, I appreciated the opportunity to reach out to other parents who have experienced the greatest possible loss, lend them an understanding ear, share my story, and offer hope that they will get through and be able to one day live productively, and feel joy again.”
CBTF Bereavement Support Groups
CBTF can help you locate a support group in your area. You can also find a large list of grief organizations that provide support groups at the bottom of this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CBTF is planning to offer phone support groups and educational discussion groups led by grief professionals. If you would like to participate or be informed of upcoming phone groups, please email email@example.com with your name, contact information and availability. We will add you to our distribution list and notify you of upcoming groups.
Jenna's Corner, CBTF's Online Community, offers a group for Bereaved Parents and Caregivers. As a group member you can participate in message board discussions around various topics related to bereavement and grief. These discussions are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. As a member, you can also start your own discussion topics. In addition to message board discussions we plan monthly live chat room discussions for bereaved parents and caregivers. Both message board and chat rooms discussions are co-facilitated by CBTF and grief professionals. For more information, call CBTF or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna's Corner Online Community
Message Board discussions are available 24 hours a day. Parents can start their own discussions or can comment on existing discussions. Current topics include helping grieving children/teens, coping with anniversaries/holidays/birthdays, and self care and grief. There is also a new message board inviting parents to share information about their children, and examples of how they honor their children. To participate in message board discussions, log in to Jenna's Corner, click on "groups," and enter the group for "Bereaved Parents and Caregivers" where you will see a list of discussions.
Experiences and Quotes from Bereaved Families
We are open to planning social gatherings for bereaved families to give them the opportunity to connect to others. If you live in the NYC, CT or NJ area and would be interested in attending a social event, please inform us by emailing email@example.com If you live elsewhere but want to attend social gatherings or events, email us or call, and we will assit you in locating resources that may be available to you. Information on any upcoming events for bereaved families will be posted here.
The following is a research opportunity available to bereaved parents. For more information please contact the name and number listed below:
I am a master's prepared nurse and am studying what it is like for parents after their child dies. I would like to talk with you and learn more from you so that I can help nurses to provide better care for mothers and fathers after the death of a child in the future. If your child died from cancer at least 1 year ago, and was between 0-18 years at the time of his or her death, please contact me by email or telephone if you would like to learn more about volunteering to be a part of this study.
I look forward to speaking with you.
Chris Denhup, APRN, Doctoral Nursing Student
College of Nursing, Seton Hall University
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CBTF Information and Resources
- CBTF Resource Guide: Loss, Grief and Bereavement Chapter
- Books on Loss, Grief and Bereavement
- Financial Aid for Bereaved Families http://www.cbtf.org/learn/financial-assistance-bereaved
- End-of-Life and Palliative Care Resources http://www.cbtf.org/learn/end-of-life-resources
- Bereavement Support Groups, Programs and Resources http://www.cbtf.org/learn/bereavement-resources