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             The LIV ON Healing Grief Resource Guide

 We’re not medical professionals or here to tell you what to do…

but here’s info to help you or someone you love who is having a tough time in life, regardless of cause. 

AARP AARP, Inc., formerly the American Association of Retired Persons, is a United States-based membership and interest group. Their site has many articles on grief and bereavement and the plus is most articles are available in Spanish, too.  www.aarp.org

 Acts of Simple Kindness, Inc. (ASK) Acts of Simple Kindness, Inc. (ASK) is a nonprofit that equips children with financial grants following the loss of one or both parents. The idea is to allow children to still engage in extracurricular activities because after losing a parent, it often becomes less financially feasible. www.actsofsimplekindness.org

Alive Alone Alive Alone is an organization that helps parents who have lost their only child or multiple children, which has resulted in severe feelings of loneliness and depression. With a regularly updated newsletter, along with books and magazines, viewers can be sure to find the content desired. www.alivealone.org

American Music Therapy Association AMTA’s purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession. www.musictherapy.org

Association of Death Education Counselors (ADEC) The Association of Death Education & Counselors (ADEC) is made up of over 2,000 members and includes mental and physical health professionals, along with educators, members of the church, funeral directors and much more. They host conferences, courses, workshops, as well as certifications. www.adec.org

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement The association consists of professionally trained volunteers in pet bereavement counseling. Services are free and available to anyone grieving a beloved pet. The organization incorporates the collective wisdom and experience of all friends and members. www.aplb.org

 Bereaved By Suicide As an international resource for people coping with suicide loss (and those who want to support them), the bereaved by suicide website offers a place to learn more about suicide grief, suicide bereavement research, and suicide grief programs. www.bereavedbysuicide.com

Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care The Center is dedicated to providing participants with a dynamic educational experience that will prepare them to serve people with advanced illnesses and their families through the continuum of end-of-life and bereavement. The Center seeks to further the breadth and depth of research evaluating the effects of music therapy in end-of-life and bereavement care and disseminate research findings to healthcare providers and the community at large. They also advocate for the expansion of music therapy services to further increase access to needed services by patients and families. www.hospicemusictherapy.org

 Comfort Zone Camps Comfort Zone Camp is a bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence-building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone Camps are offered to children 7-17 and are held year-round across the Country. www.comfortzonecamp.org

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation The Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation acts as a resource to individuals and hospice, grief or palliative care organizations globally. The EKR Foundation also participates in initiatives that help to improve the lives of patients and family members via advocacy support, the provision of resources, education initiatives and other projects that promote compassionate, end of life and grief care for the patient and family members. www.ekrfoundation.org

Golden Willow Retreat Golden Willow Retreat discusses all issues individuals face when coping with loss. Located in Taos, New Mexico, the retreat functions as an outlet for individuals to find the balance needed to get their lives back on track. www.goldenwillowretreat.com

Grieving Dads Project This project is designed to reach out to all bereaved dads and to provide a conduit to share their stories. One of my goals is to bring awareness to the impacts that child loss has on fathers and to let society know that it’s okay for a father to grieve the loss of a child. www.griveingdads.com

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network The HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a nonprofit organization that helps people faced with the distress of illness and suffering to find comfort and meaning. They offer spiritual care-related information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals, other health care settings and online. www.healthcarechaplaincy.org

Hello Grief Hello Grief works to help those grieving with the feelings they’re experiencing and gain a better understanding of how to address them. The site features community support, sharing and remembering, stories, validation, and more. www.hellogrief.com

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) Helping After Neonatal Death helps parents, their families and their healthcare providers cope with the loss of a baby before, during, or after birth. HAND is a resource network of parents, professionals, and supportive volunteers that offers a variety of services throughout Northern California and the Central Valley. There are no fees for our services. www.hand.org

Music Therapy Research Blog This site is for the working music therapy clinician in order to help with the goal of maintaining evidence-based practice. The purpose of this blog is to provide a resource for the music therapy clinician – where you can find unsolicited information on current research, ways to generalize findings into practice, and tips about maintaining an evidence-based practice. www.musictherapyblog.com

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. Some content for families. www.nationalallianceforgrievingchildren.org

 National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) works to support children who have been traumatized in a number of situations, including the death of a loved one. www.nctsn.org 

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)  The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) represents hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. Also check: www.caringinfo.org for consumer and grief content. www.nhpco.org

National Students of AMF The National Students of AMF is a network of college students who are grieving the loss of a loved one and seek aid to help get them back on their feet. Their work spreads to over 170 colleges across the country and does a great job at explicating viable solutions for these students. www.activelymovingforward.org

Open To Hope Foundation The Open To Hope Foundation provides an online forum to support people who have experienced loss, to help them cope with their pain, heal their grief and invest in their future. OpentoHope.com is an online website where people can share inspirational stories of loss and love. www.opentohope.com

Project Grace Project Grace seeks to create a safe and supportive environment where grieving individuals come together to share, volunteer, and explore. At least two trips are offered each year: one designed exclusively for mothers grieving the loss of a child, and one “open” trip for anyone — mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, spouses, friends – wishing to honor a loved one through service. www.project-grace.org

Rainbow Bridge Welcome to Rainbow Bridge, a virtual memorial home and grief support community for your departed pet. Whether furry, feathered or scaled, all are welcome. www.rainbowbridge.com

Resources for Survivors of Suicide  Resources for Survivors of Suicide emphasizes that individuals are not alone upon losing a loved one to suicide. With tools specifically geared toward military spouses and interactive online support, they’re thorough in the application of grief support. www.sprc.org

Room 217 Room 217 Foundation raises and stewards funds to further music care resources which offer hope and comfort by producing therapeutic music products. They also offer music care education, research and provide a blog: Caregivers Corner. Room217.ca

SHARE Pregnancy And Infant Loss Support  SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. emphasizes a support system for parents who have experienced a tragic loss of a child through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or within the first few months of being born. They also help facilitate the flow of information to others regarding infant loss. www.nationalshare.org

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.” www.siblingsurvivors.com

Soaring Spirits Loss Foundation Soaring Spirits builds community. We create and maintain innovative peer-based grief support programs that serve a worldwide population. 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 provides grief support that addresses various types of loss. www.soaringspirits.org

The Compassionate Friends 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. www.compassionatefriends.org

The Dougy Center  The mission of The Dougy Center is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. We provide educational materials about children and grief and training opportunities to local and national agencies in need of our expertise. Around the world, The Dougy Center’s pioneering model has been replicated through our trainings and the trainings of programs we’ve trained. The Dougy Center also has programs and content that serve the Hispanic population. www.dougy.org

The Grief Toolbox The Grief Toolbox works to compile useful resources for others to appropriately address the rigors of addressing the loss of a loved one. With varying artwork and articles that provide interesting perspective, it’s incredibly worthwhile for those struggling with loss. www.thegrieftoolbox.com

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. www.moyerfoundation.org

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) TAPS–Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. helps families who have lost a military member. They’ve assisted over 40,000 family members by providing peer-based emotional support for anyone grieving a military death. www.taps.org

 Twinless Twins Support Group International  Twinless Twins is a support organization that helps twins who have lost their sibling through death or estrangement of any kind. Composed solely of twins who have lost their twin, it makes a very valuable group for those looking for someone who understands exactly how it feels to lose the person you’ve grown up with. www.twinlesstwins.org

Unspoken Grief Unspoken Grief aims to address issues less talked about concerning miscarriages, stillbirths, & neonatal loss. Since these issues often go unrecognized, the site has been crucial in confronting these topics. www.unspokengrief.com

What’s Your Grief? What’s Your Grief is run by two mental health professionals who work to support the grieving in any way possible. The aim of the site is to expand the conversation in order to find innovative new solutions to assisting those in the most need. www.whatsyourgrief.com

Worldwide Palliative Care AllianceThe Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) is an international non-governmental organization focusing exclusively on global hospice and palliative care development. We are a network of national and regional hospice and palliative care organizations and affiliate organizations with resources that also connect grief and bereavement professionals internationally. www.thewpca.org

*The LIV On Grief Resource Guide was created and compiled by Dianne Gray of Hospice and Healthcare Communications, LLC. It is provided as a free resource. Hospice and Healthcare Communications does not necessarily recommend the organizations above. Due to the changes in organizations, the current availability of a program cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the organization directly should you have a question. The LIV ON Healing Grief Resource Guide may not be sold, published or re-distributed in another format without the consent of Dianne Gray. You may reach the creator of the LIV ON Healing Grief Resource Guide at: DGray@hhccommunications.com.

Wishing you wellness and peace on your journey, DG