Bereavement counseling is assistance and support for people with emotional stress following the death of a loved one. It can include a broad range of transition services, including outreach, counseling, and referral services.
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers bereavement counseling to parents, siblings, spouses, and children of Armed Forces personnel who died in service to our country, including family members of Reservists and National Guard service members who died while serving on federally activated duty.
The VA’s bereavement counseling is provided by the VA Vet Center program, which operates a system of 232 community-based counseling centers. These Vet Centers are staffed by multi-disciplinary teams of dedicated providers, many of whom are combat veterans themselves. There is no cost for VA bereavement counseling.
To find out more, visit the Vet Centers website, call your local Vet Center, or contact the Readjustment Counseling Service at 202.273.9116. The staff will assist family members with contacting their local Vet Center. Often counseling is available in the family’s hometown or where the family member feels more comfortable.