Managing Grief: Coping with Grief and Loss at School
When you are confronted with loss, your immediate action might be entirely different than what you imagined. You might be stoic and feel numb, you might be overwhelmed with emotion, or you might fall somewhere in between. You might even be hit with denial and anger.
Before you do anything else, take a deep breath. Let the emotion come if it’s going to, and take a moment to deal with that. You want to be thinking as clearly as possible before you take on the next steps. Now might be a good time to reach out to a friend who can support you through the first difficult hours.
Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors
The Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors provides healing support for people coping with the shock, excruciating grief and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide.
Time For Teens
Time For Teens is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing teenagers with a sensitive, caring and creative environment for healing. Focus is on the needs of teens related to bereavement…
NAVIGATING GRIEF:A GUIDEBOOK FORGRIEF AWARENESS & UNDERSTANDING
Grief counselors work in a variety of settings. You may be able to find a specialized counselor at locations associated with your loss, such as a military affairs office, a nursing home, a funeral home, a hospital or a school. Many of these locations offer grief counseling free of charge.
If you are not associated with an organization that offers grief counseling, there are still many resources available to you. Look for mental health crisis centers in your area for immediate support, and know that many grief counselors have their own private practices that are easily accessible.
The Mourning Star Center
The Mourning Star Center is a center for grieving children, teens and their families. The Center offers peer-based grief support groups at no charge and is designed to be a safe place where grieving children and those who love them can receive support.
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC)
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them. The NAGC provides a network for nationwide communication between bereavement centers and sponsors an annual symposium on children’s grief.
The Moyer Foundation
The mission of The Moyer Foundation is to offer encouragement, comfort and support to children enduring a time of profound emotional, physical or financial distress and provide opportunities for enhancing overall wellness, stability and quality of life. TMF created and funds Camp Erin, the largest network of bereavement camps in the country.
Realize the Gift
Realize the Gift is an extensive web-based resource hosted by Gemini Adams, grief expert and multiple award winning author of Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye, offering hundreds of articles, expert advice sections and links to recommended organizations, books, films and websites relating to all end-of-life and grief issues.
When Every Day Matters
Mary Jane Hurley Brant, M.S. CGP is a psychotherapist for 30 years. She specializes in grief counseling and helping people through loss working by phone or in person in Paoli, PA. Author of When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press).
Neil Chethik, author of FatherLoss (Hyperion) and editor of Open to Hope, maintains this site on all things related to the death of a father.
Sibling Survivors of Suicide
Often called the forgotten mourners, the sibling survivors’ web site offers a place for those bereaved by suicide to gather and find support for “the forgotten mourners.”
Twinless Twins Support Group International
Twinless Twins is an organization that provides a safe and compassionate community for twins to experience healing and understanding. Support is provided for twins and other multiples who have lost their twin due to death or estrangement. Another twinless twin can best understand this unique loss and aloneness.
The Comforting Words website offers resources and tools to empower individuals to help and support friends, family members, colleagues, and community members dealing death and difficult losses.
The Peacock Foundation
The Peacock Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides accessible and engaging mental health care to neglected and abandoned youth while developing strategic partnerships and community alliances.
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
The Winokuer Center for Counseling and Healing
Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation
Soaring Spirits builds community. We create, and maintain, innovative peer-based grief support programs that serve a worldwide population. Based on the powerful connections created by shared experience, we endeavor to ensure that no one need grieve alone. In addition to the unique support programs we offer, Soaring Spirits also houses a large database of resources that provide grief support that addresses various types of loss. Our database is updated regularly, and we welcome suggestions and additions to our listings by our members.
The Erika Whitmore Godwin Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has five primary goals: (1) to provide hope and support to any parent who loses a child; (2) to support siblings, family members, and friends impacted by the death of a child; (3) to educate the public about the loss of a child, letting them know how they can support parents in rebuilding their lives; (4) to educate and collaborate with professionals who deal with the death of a child; and, (5) to provide ways for parents to honor their child. The Erika Whitmore Godwin Foundation is dedicated to maintaining a positive and nurturing work environment. In this way, our process aligns with what we deliver — hope, compassion, and love.
The mission of Interregnum is finding life after loss. Interregnum offers professionally led bereavement groups and grief support and education workshops.