The following organizations provide grief support in the form of counseling, support groups, or resources. Each organization helps grieving parents, grandparents, siblings, children, spouses, and friends work through the grieving process in their own unique way. These resources have been organized by type of service, but feel free to explore each different website and learn if the organization is right for you or your family.
This is a list of bereavement organizations and groups compiled by debra of America. This is not a comprehensive list and some additional research might need to be done to find the right group, resource, or guide for you. debra of America does not evaluate or endorse any group or organization listed. While seeking grief support services, counseling, or resources, debra of America recommends inquiring with groups directly.
The ADEC is a membership organization whose members are professionals with specialized education and certification in dying, death, and bereavement. Listed on their website is a searchable directly which lists specialists based upon area of expertise, location, and/or profession. Click here to find a specialist in your area.
Local Support Groups- The National Bereavement Resource Guide
The New York Life and Moyer Foundations partnered to provide the National Bereavement Resource Guide. The guide is a compilation of state and local resources which includes camps and grief organizations organized by state and has grief resources. Click here to find grief organizations and camps in your state.
For the Family- The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends offer over 660 meeting locations across the United States. Bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings meet to talk, listen, share, and provide emotional support after the death of a child. Note, these groups are run by bereaved individuals, not therapists.
Click here to search for a group based on zip code.
For Children/Teens- National Alliance for Grieving Children
The National Alliance for Grieving Children lists grief support service providers who serve children and teens specifically. Resources are available for care providers on how to communicate to and support grieving children. Click here to find grief support services near you.
For Young Adults- The Dinner Party
The Dinner Party is a community of mostly 20- and 30- somethings who have experienced significant loss. Groups get together over potluck dinners to talk about how significant loss affects their lives and how to thrive in life after loss. Click here to request to join a table or create your own.
Creative Outlet- Modern Loss
Modern Loss is a place to share your experience with navigating your life after a death. Readers can find essays from those you have experienced all kinds of loss. Click here to find resources that range from probating a will, getting your loved one off social media, creative ideas for exploring your own loss, and more.
Grief Camps for Children
Childhood grief is more common that many realize and knowing how to help children cope with grief can be a challenge. Bereavement camps for children help children learn how to heal, grow, and lead more fulfilling lives with their peers who are also experiencing loss. Below are three camps for children and teens that have experienced loss.
Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a weekend camp that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin is offered in every Major League Baseball city and other locations across the US. Click here to find a camp near you.
Camp Courage is for children ages 7-18 and allows campers to come together with other children and teens who have experienced similar losses as they learn new ways of dealing with their grief. The weekend camp has many fun activities and has a professional counselor, nurse, and volunteers. Click here to find their 2017 weekend camp dates.
Comfort Zone Camp
Comfort Zone Camp includes confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break emotional isolation. Campers engage in resilience training programs while also having playing games, singing, and doing skits. Camps are available for children ages 7-17 and are offered across the country. Click here to find a weekend camp near you.
Remembrance Pages: Coming Soon.
We understand how difficult losing a loved one is so we are here to help if you need practical or emotional support. Some find writing a eulogy or sharing a story is helpful during the healing process. debra of America is creating a remembrance area to offer families who have lost a loved one to EB the chance to celebrate their loved one’s life.
If you would like to honor your loved one our remembrance pages through a photo, memory, a short message or simply something that made your loved one special to you, email Jeanette at jeanette [at] debra [dot] org with your message or any questions you may have.