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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.
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)
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 www.samhsa.gov/find-help:
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Toll-free number: 1-800-662-4357
Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
Toll-free number: 1 800 273 8255 (800-273-TALK)
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.
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