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Here is more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our Web site, www.cancer.org.
National organizations and Web sites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
The Centering Corporation
Toll-free number: 1-866-218-0101
Web site: www.centering.org
Information and resources for grieving adults, children who have lost parents, and more
The Compassionate Friends
Toll-free number: 1-877-969-0010
Web site: www.compassionatefriends.org
For those coping with the death of a child
The Dougy Center
Toll-free number: 1-866-775-5683
Web site: www.dougy.org
Information on grieving, and referrals to local programs that serve grieving children, teens, and their families
Offers online groups for grief support, with a special sub-site for children
Web site: www.hospicenet.org
Information for bereaved, caregivers, family, and people with terminal illnesses
American Childhood Cancer Organization
Toll-free number: 1-800-366-2223
Web site: www.acco.org
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 Information Center
Web site: http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/
Has different types of help and support for mental health issues; see below:
National Mental Health Information Center
Toll-free number: 1-800-789-2647
Suicide Prevention Hotline:
Toll-free number: 1 800 273 8255 (800-273-TALK)
National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
Toll-free number: 1-800-228-6332
Web site: www.nfda.org/grief-resources.html
Grief resources and funeral planning information
You may also want to contact your local hospice or hospital for bereavement support groups in your area.
A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis. Published by Bantam Books, 1983.
Beyond Grief: A Guide for Recovering from the Death of a Loved One by Carol Staudacher. Published by New Harbinger Publications, 1987.
Grieving: How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies by Theresa A. Rando. Published by Lexington Books, 1995.
Living With Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Published by MacMillan, 1997.
Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman. Published by Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1994.
On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Published by Collier Books, 1997.
Surviving the Death of a Sibling: Living through Grief When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies by T.J. Wray. Published by Three Rivers Press, 2003.
Books for parents
After the Death of a Child: Living With Loss Through the Years by Ann K. Finkbeiner. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.
Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents and Professionals by Earl A. Grollman. Published by Beacon Press, 1996.
The Bereaved Parent by Harriet Sarnoff Schiff. Published by Penguin, 1977.
Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies by J. William Worden. Published by Guilford Press, 1996.
Grieving: How to Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies by Theresa A. Rando. Published by Lexington Books, 1995.
35 Ways to Help a Grieving Child, by the Dougy Center Staff. Published by The Dougy Center, 1999.
When the Bough Breaks: Forever After the Death of a Son or Daughter by Judith R. Bernstein. Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1998.
Books for children
And Still They Bloom: A Family’s Journey of Loss and Healing by Amy Rovere and Joel Spector. Published by the American Cancer Society, 2012. Ages 9 and up.
Daddy’s Promise by Cindy Klein Cohen, John T. Heiney, & Michael J. Gordon. Published by Promise Publications, 1997. Ages 4-8
The Dying and Bereaved Teenager by John D. Morgan, editor. Published by The Charles Press, 1998. Ages 12 and up.
Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton. Published by Henry Holt & Co., 1988. Ages 4-8.
The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by Leo Buscaglia. Published by Henry Holt & Co, 1982. Ages 4-8.
How it Feels When a Parent Dies by Jill Krementz. Published by Knopf, 1988. Ages 7 to 17.
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst. Published by MacMillan Publishing, 1987. Ages 4 and up.
When Your Grandparent Dies: A Child’s Guide to Good Grief (Elf-Help Books for Kids) by Victoria Ryan and Robert W. Alley. Published by Abbey Press, 2002. Ages 4 to 8.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 12/14/2012
Last Revised: 02/04/2013