Coping With the Loss of a Loved One

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National organizations and websites*

Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:

The Centering Corporation
Toll-free number: 1-866-218-0101

    Information, books, and many other resources on bereavement and loss for children and adults; also has materials in Spanish

The Compassionate Friends
Toll-free number: 1-877-969-0010

    Offers brochures on parent and sibling bereavement, weekly web-radio series, quarterly electronic newsletter, and referrals to phone support and local chapters for parents who have lost a child of any age. Has some materials in Spanish

The Dougy Center
Toll-free number: 1-866-775-5683

    Information, books, DVDs, and online activities for grieving children, teens, adults, and their families. They refer to programs across the country. Some support groups are offered, even for very young children.

Website for adults:
Website for children:

    Information on grief and bereavement; online and email groups for adult grief support; separate online support groups for children under 12 and for teens (with consent from parent or guardian)

Hospice Net

    Information for people who have lost a loved one, including, caregivers and family members. It also has information for those dealing with terminal illnesses

American Childhood Cancer Organization
Toll-free number: 1-800-366-2223

    Information on childhood cancer, and links to online support, such as groups for parents who have lost a child to cancer

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Mental Health Treatment

    Has help, support, and referrals for mental health issues; see

        SAMHSA’s National Helpline
        Toll-free number: 1-800-662-4357
        TTY: 1-800-487-4889

        Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
        Toll-free number: 1 800 273 8255 (800-273-TALK)
        TTY: 800-799-4889

National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Toll-free number: 1-800-228-6332

    Grief resources and funeral planning information

You may also want to contact your local hospice or hospital for bereavement support groups in your area.

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society

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Last Medical Review: 12/23/2014
Last Revised: 03/11/2015