Grief and Bereavement Resources | Internet Sites and Further Reading
ORGANIZATIONS providing grief and bereavement services
Centre for Living with Dying
554 Mansion Park Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 980 9801
This agency is devoted to those dealing with the life issues of loss and grief. The goal of the agency is to provide an organization that would actively reach out to individuals, families and professionals living with the reality of loss. Over the years, the Centre has developed specialized programs to facilitate the natural human process of bereavement in a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere.
Hospice Foundation of America
2001 S St. NW #300
Washington DC 20009
The Hospice Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that assists those who deal either personally or professionally with terminal illness, death and the process of grief. Hospice offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to families before and after a patient’s death.
National Association of Military Widows
4023 25th Road North
Arlington, VA 22207
Provides referral service, social outings and support groups for the newly widowed. The association acts as lobby for legislation beneficial to military widows and surviving children.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the largest association and leading resource for professionals and volunteers committed to and providing service to patients and their families during end of life. NHPCO provides educational programs and technical assistance, and works to influence health programs and public policies related to end of life care. The National Hospice Help line (800) 658-8898 provides hospice care information for terminally ill persons and referrals to hospice programs nationwide.
National Mental Health Association
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
The National Mental Health Association is dedicated to the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of mental illness. Widows who experience signs of depression or anxiety can contact NMHA for counseling, referrals and treatment options.
New Hope Center for Grief Support
113 East Dunlap
Northville, Michigan 48167
New Hope offers different types of support according to life circumstances.
USA Central Office
108 South Main Street
Bowling Green, VA 22427
The Sena Foundation has been a direct force in the grief and loss field for over a decade. This non-profit organization provides substantial support for death/dying/hospice movements. Offers free support for those going through catastrophic loss. Provides hands-on support (one on one, peer support, practical in-home and assistive living support) as well as educational programs (workshops, seminars, retreats and training programs.)
The Shiva Foundation
551 Cordova Rd. #709
Santa Fe, NM 87501
The Shiva Foundation is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization committed to developing resources and offering support in the grieving process. These programs are offered to individuals, families and communities. Shiva Foundation offers counseling, seminars, educational programs and referrals for grieving families.
THEOS Foundation, Inc. (They Help Each Other Spiritually)
1301 Clark Building
717 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Publishes THEOS Magazine, books, printed materials for both men and women of any age who have lost a spouse. Additionally, THEOS organizes local support groups in both the United States and Canada. THEOS helps persons whose spouses have died, providing educational materials and emotional support for the newly widowed. Chapters offer ongoing self-help support groups. THEOS also publishes and hosts an annual national conference, open to both professionals and those who are recently widowed.
Widowed Persons Services
American Association for Retired Persons
601 E Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20049
The American Association for Retired Persons provides outreach, referral, support, education and printed material for retirees. Widowed Persons Services is an outreach program, sponsored by AARP, in which trained widowed volunteers offer support to newly widowed persons of any age. AARP/WPS assists local community organizations and regional chapters of national organizations to coordinate, maintain and develop programming and support services.
HOTLINES AND TOLL FREE NUMBERS
Grief Recovery Institute
P.O. Box 6061- 382
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
(800) 445-4808 (hotline hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
The National Grief Recovery Hotline seeks to ease the isolation of those suffering from a loss and assists them in coping with their grief. Offers information, handbooks, resources and news to help individuals deal with grief.
National Institute of Mental Health
Anxiety Disorder Education Program
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Trained counselors can give referrals and information to callers. The National Mental Health Association is dedicated to improving mental health and diagnosing mental disorders and diseases.
INTERNET SITES AND WEB RESOURCES
Bereavement Magazine Online offers an extensive links area at
http://www.bereavementmag.com The magazine itself is available to subscribers only. Subscriptions can be ordered on-line.
Death and Dying Support Online offers a safe haven to those who have lost a loved one to death, are anticipating the loss of a loved one or who are facing their own death in the near future. Death and Dying provides comfort, support and education about issues surrounding death at a time when people are confused, apprehensive and dealing with shock and sorrow.
Grief Recovery Online, Meet others who have experienced the pain of losing a loved one share their experience and strength. There are message boards, resource listings and secure chat rooms for all who are grieving.
Grief Share is a national organization to help grieving friends, families and partners through the loss of a spouse. The national organization trains and supports local support groups in the recovery process. This website gives information on how to start or find a local Grief Share group and begin healing.
Growth House is an international gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life care. Their primary mission is to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying through public education and global professional collaboration. The site offers an extensive bookstore, chatrooms and many resource guides. http://www.growthhouse.org
WidowNet is consistently referred to as the foremost web authority on widowhood. The site includes information and self-help resources for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery, and other information helpful to people, of all ages, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.
Beresford, Laryy. The Hospice Handbook : A Complete Guide. Little, Brown & Co. 1993. Presents a definitive guide to hospice care. Discusses how to find the right one and how to get the best care for the money.
Brothers, Joyce. Widowed. Ballantine Books. 1992. In her personal, comforting way, Dr. Joyce Brothers describes the very real incidents and feelings that every woman who has lived through the death of a spouse will immediately recognize.
Fairview Hospice. The Family Handbook of Hospice Care. Fairview Press. 1999. Answers basic questions about hospice services.
Felber, Marta. Grief Expressed: When a Mate Dies. Lifewords. 1997. Emphasizes the importance of having a reactive mindset and suggests specific steps to dealing with loss. Empowering and optimistic, from somebody who knows what she is writing about.
Gates, Philomene. Suddenly Alone: A Woman’s Guide to Widowhood, Divorce and Loneliness. Gridiron Publishers. 1998. A valuable guide for people facing any kind of loss, especially that of a significant other.
James, John W. The Grief Recovery Handbook : The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death Divorce, and Other Losses. Harper Collins. 1998. Illustrates what grief is and how it is possible to recover and regain energy and spontaneity. Offers grievers the specific actions needed to complete the grieving process and accept loss.
Jones, Jane Griz. From Grief to Gladness: Coming Back from Widowhood. Recovery Communications. 2000. Frankly describes the process of beginning a totally different kind of life. Those experiencing a loss either through death or divorce will find helpful and insightful advice.
Jowell, Barbara Tom. After He’s Gone: a Guide for Widowed and Divorced Women. Birch Lane Press. 1997. Articulates the emotions specific to newly widowed and newly divorced women–as well as the emotions they have in common–and provides realistic advice on getting through the first weeks, plus a useful list of simple things women can do to feel better immediately.
Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth. On Death and Dying. Collier Press. 1997. Explores the five stages of death and the impact felt on the patient, professionals and family.
Kushner, Harold. When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Avon Books. 1983. Offers a moving and humane approach to understanding life’s tragedies.
Lynn, JoAnne. Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness. Oxford University Press. 1999. Provides practical information on caregiving options and decisions.
McLeod, Beth Witrogen. Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss and Renewal. John Wiley & Sons. 1999. Presents a view of caregiving that is both practical and spiritual.
Neeld, Elizabeth Harper. Seven Choices : Taking the Steps to New Life After Losing Someone You Love. Centerpoint Press. 1997. Contains personal narratives, medical and scientific research, and suggestions and advice on the subject of change, loss, and grief. Identifies the unexplainable myriad of emotions that one experiences when losing someone, not only to death, but to divorce and other losses as well.
Rando, Therese. How to Go on Living When Someone You Love Dies. Bantam Books. 1991. Presents comprehensive guidance including an extensive resource listing. Offers the solace, comfort, and guidance to help you accept your loss and move into a new life without forgetting your treasured past.
Wolfelt, Alan. The Journey Through Grief: Reflection on Healing. Companion Press. 1997. This spiritual guide to those grieving the death of someone loved explores the mourner’s journey through grief, in particular the six needs that all mourners must meet to heal and grow.