Coping With the Loss of a Loved One

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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 website, www.cancer.org.

Anxiety, Fear, and Depression

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing with a Parent’s Terminal Illness

Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: When a Child Has Lost a Parent

Resources for Parents and Families Who Have Lost a Child to Cancer

Financial Guidance for Families: Coping Financially With the Loss of a Loved One

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
Website: www.centering.org

    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
Website: www.compassionatefriends.org

    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
Website: www.dougy.org

    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.

GriefNet
Website for adults: www.griefnet.org
Website for children: http://kidsaid.com

    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
Website: www.hospicenet.org

    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
Website: 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 Treatment
Website: www.samhsa.gov

    Has help, support, and referrals for mental health issues; see www.samhsa.gov/find-help:

        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
Website: 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.

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

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