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Bereavement Support Groups, Programs and Resources

Originally published on November 19, 2009
Most recently updated on February 18, 2014


*Please Note: All lists of resources provided by CBTF include information gained from general research. This list does not imply endorsement.  

national bereavement resources

Bereaved Parents of the USA
Bereaved Parents of the USA is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to newly breaved. Support is offered to bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.
Phone: 800-273-8255

Camp Sunshine Bereavement Camp

Camp Sunshine offers retreats to address the needs of many different cancer diagnosis and lasting isses, including a camp for bereaved families.
Phone: (207) 655-3800

Centering Corporation

This website acts as a resource center, providing information about publications that deal with grief and bereavement
Phone: 1-866-218-0101

Children's Brain Tumor Foundation Loss, Grief and Bereavement Program
Grief support, parent mentoring, online support groups, and other support services for bereaved families who lost a child to a brain or spinal cord tumor.
Phone: 866-228-4673
Children's Hospice International's objective is to provide education, legislation, and support for families of children with terminal illnesses.
Phone: 1-703-684-0330
This organization has many local chapters and offers grief support groups. These groups, specifically for parents who have lost a child, meet approximately once a month.
Phone: 877-969-0010
Comfort Zone Camp is a bereavement retreat for children who have lost somebody close to them.
The Dougy Center offers bereavement support for children, teens, young adults and families who have suffered a loss.
Phone: 503-775-5683

Hospice Foundation of America
HFA provides education, information, support and resources for end-of-life and grief including where you find hospice care in your area.
Phone: 800-854-3402
The MISS Foundation addresses the needs of families who have lost a child through free family packets, HOPE mentor matches, support groups, counseling, and more.
Phone: 1-888-445-6477
The Solace Tree offers peer support programs and educational opportunities help children and teens learn to cope and adjust to grief and loss in their lives.
Phone: 775-324-7723
1-888-455-MISS (6477)
1-888-455-MISS (6477)The Solace Tree

Bereavement Resources by state


Mary's Place offers Grief support, support groups and meetings for residents of Connecticut.  It offers different support groups for each age group of the grieving family.
Phone: 860-688-9621
The Cove provides family and school-based programs using peer support group concept for helping children, teens and families work with their unresolved grief due to the death of someone significant in their lives and other traumatic losses. It serves the following communities in CT: Easton - (Serving Newtown/Fairfield County), Guilford, Meriden, New Haven, Stonington, West Hartford and East Hartford.
Phone: 203-634-0500
The Sanctuary: A Resource Center for Grieving Children and Families
New York City Metro Area, NJ, Long Island and Westchester
Bereavement support for children and families

New Jersey

The Alcove Center for Grieving Children and Families Southern New Jersey
Bereavement support for children and families.
Common Ground Grief Center
New Jersey (shore area)
Support groups
Embrace Kids Foundation
New Brunswick, NJ
Bereavement support groups for children and adolescents

Good Grief
Summit, NJ 
Free support groups and programs for bereaved children and adults.
Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation
Newton, NJ
Bereavement support and community memorial services
(800) 882-1117
The Sanctuary: A Resource Center for Grieving Children and Families
New York City Metro Area, NJ, Long Island and Westchester
Bereavement support for children and families

New York and NYC

Ackerman Institute for the Family
New York, NY
Family Therapy
The Bereavement Center of Westchester
Tuckahoe, NY
Bereavement program for children and adults.
Cabrini Medical Center: Journey through Grief
New York, NY
A grief recovery group for anyone bereaved. All ages are welcome.
This group occurs two times per month
Catholic Charities
NYC Metro Area
Bereavement support groups
Center for Loss and Renewal
New York, NY
Grief counseling and support groups.
Compassionate Friends 
Bereavement support group for parents and siblings  
The Cope Foundation
Long Island, NY
A healing center dedicated to helping parents who have lost a child.
(516) 484-4993
Cognitive Therapy Associates
New York City, Westchester and Long Island
Loss, grief and bereavement counseling
(212) 258-2577
Bereavement Support Groups and Programs in Other States
The Center for Attitudinal Healing
Sausalito, CA
This center offers a bereavement group for children.
415-331-6161 x112

The Center for Good Mourning at Arkansas Children's Hospital
This program offers support, groups, assistance, and education to bereaved children and families in Arkansas.

The Center for Grief and Loss for Children
Los Angeles, CA
This center has four sites in the Los Angeles area.  Counseling, groups and programs are offered for children.

Center for Grieving Children, Teens, & Families
Philadelphia, PA
Bereavement support and programs.
The GriefCare Place
Stow, Ohio
Bereavement support services, groups and counseling for children and adults.

Grief Recovery Institute
Sherman Oaks, CA
This institute provides education and grief recovery workshops.


Novato, CA
This organization offers a bereavement camp for families who have lost a child to cancer.
The New Song Center for Grieving Children
A Program of Hospice of the Valley
Phoenix, Arizona
This organization offers grief support groups for children, teens, young adults and adults. It also offers grief education and training.
Phoenix, Arizona
This organization offers bereavement support programs for children and families, including a bereavement camp for children and families.
Tu Nidito Children and Family Services
Tuscon, Arizona
This organization provides community and support programs for grieving children, young adults and families.
(520) 322-9155 

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