Note: Information found in the following links should not be considered “official” TCR information. While we hope and believe that you will find interesting and valuable information on the sites linked below, you should know that the information, views, or opinions contained within these websites are strictly those of their authors.
Other support group resources
If you are looking for a support group, but are not close to our Arlington, MA location, you can visit the National Alliance for Grieving Children website to find a center near you.
The Compassionate Friends is a national organization that offers local support meetings for families that have suffered the death of a child. In addition, they hold an annual national conference and publish an award winning magazine. Locally, the North Shore Chapter has an excellent website that lists all the groups in Massachusetts. Visit their website at http://www.tcfnoshore-boston.org/.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss support groups can be found at Rindy’s Hope, which has a monthly support group in Woburn for parents after miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Families from all over travel to this wonderful group that has been around for over 25 years.
One Bright Star is a non-profit organization offering financial and counseling support for families who have experienced the death of a child. One Bright Star’s mission is to be a resource for families who have lost a child to death and has created a unique star symbol to recognize and support them.
The MISS Foundation is a 501 (c) 3, volunteer based organization committed to providing crisis support and long term aid to families after the death of a child from any cause. MISS also participates in legislative and advocacy issues, community engagement and volunteerism, and culturally competent, multidisciplinary, education opportunities.
Bereaved Parents of the USA is a non-denominational organization designed to support bereaved parents and their families. Any bereaved parent, sibling or grandparent is welcome to attend monthly meetings as often and as long as necessary to meet their needs.
Loss due to suicide
Samaritans is a local suicide prevention organization that also offers peer support services for people grieving a death by suicide.
Loss due to homicide
Cambridge Health Alliance’s Victims of Violence program, includes Homicide Bereavement support services
The Boston-based Louis D. Brown Peace Institute promotes peace among Boston’s urban youth and supports families of homicide victims.
Parents of Murdered Children offers on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy, and awareness.
Support for Young Adults
Visiting Nurse and Community Health, here in Arlington, MA, offers a grief support group for young adults 18 to 25.
Students of AMF (Actively Moving Forward) is an organization dedicated to raising awareness of and creating support for college students dealing with illness and death.
The Center for Cancer Support and Education, also in Arlington, offers a variety of supportive services for local families and individuals affected by cancer.
Other grief support and information resources
Healing the Spirit focuses especially on families of organ and tissue donors, but is also a general grief and loss resource. Their website also includes ‘The Healing Garden,’ an interactive feature for kids.
Griefnet describes itself as “an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss.” Among other things, Griefnet offers online support groups.
Widownet offers online support for widows and widowers.
Bereavement researcher Phyllis Silverman, Ph.D, is a founding board member of The Children’s Room. Her website includes the article ‘When a Parent Dies,’ drawing on her work as Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director of the Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital Child Bereavement Study. In addition, Phyllis writes a blog about raising grieving children for Psychology Today magazine.
The Liz Logelin Foundation was established to assist families who find themselves in the heartbreaking, catastrophic situation of having lost a spouse, life-partner, and parent. The Foundation’s goal is to financially assist these families as they deal with the loss of their loved ones, and struggle to move forward.
The Open to Hope Foundation is an online resource center for people who have experienced loss.
The Grief Blog describes itself as “The Grief Blog is an interactive forum created by mother/daughter team Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley offering hope, guidance, and support, to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.”
Hello Grief is an online community of support for those living with grief — where you can create interactive Memorial Walls, share your good times and bad in the Forums, and connect with other people going through the same things.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network is a collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States.
The Tradition Program offered by Family Lives On is a free service for children and teens who have had a parent die. Their program description states, “We help children and teens to continue traditions they used to celebrate with their mother or father – but we don’t do it with them. We just provide all they need – amusement park tickets, baking ingredients, etc. for a surviving caregiver to do the tradition with them. Every child participates every year until age 18.”
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a unique collaboration of the leading organizations representing a wide range of school professionals. Their purpose is to create and share a set of industry-endorsed resources that will empower school communities across America in the ongoing support of their grieving students.