Resources for Grief and Loss

Online Resources

The Center for Grieving Children
Provides educational and support materials to grieving children, teens, their families, schools and other community agencies who support them. 49 York Street, PO Box 1438, Portland, ME 04104. Call: 207-775-5216

The Center for Grieving Children
Provides peer grief support groups for preschoolers, elementary school age, middle school age, teens and young adults. Also training workshops and resources for professionals, phone consultations and referrals. 3300 Henry Ave., Suite 110, Philadelphia, PA 19124. Call: 215-437-3123

The Center for Loss and Bereavement
Provides grief counseling for individuals and families, support groups for bereaved children, and community education. 3847 Skippack Pike; PO Box 1299, Skippack, PA 19474. Call: 610-222-4110.

The Dougy Center: The National Center for Grieving Children and Families
Serves as a model in providing peer support groups for grieving children; has printable information on "How to Respond to Our Children" in the wake of terrioristic attacks on U.S., has a bookstore., local resource referral guide. PO Box 86852, Portland, OR 97286. Call: 503-775-5683
An Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss, with 37 e-mail support groups and two web sites. Provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of all kinds. Companion site ( provides a safe environment for kids and their parents to find information and ask questions. PO Box 3272, Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Hospice Foundation of America
Offers information to professionals and families about caregiving, terminal illness, loss and bereavement, including resources specifically for children and teens. Annual Bereavement Teleconference Living with Grief: Loss Later In Life on April 24, 2002, will be offered at WHYY and other locations throughout the region. 2001 S. Street, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20009. Call: 1-800-854-3402

Navigating Grief: A Guidebook for Grief Awareness & Understanding
Produced by Learn Psychology. Highlights include:

  • Extensive resources to help those coping with grief
  • Comprehensive look at the various types of grief
  • Specific resources for supporting those dealing with loss and trauma

Olivia's House
A freestanding, independent grief and loss center for children and their families. We provide no-cost grief and loss educational services to Central Pennsylvania and surrounding communities. We help children and their families to understand the physical and emotional journey towards healing after the death of a loved one. Call: 717-699-1133

Peter's Place: A Center for Grieving Children and Families
Offers free peer support groups for grieving children, pre-teens and teens ages 3 to 18, and their families to help with the healing process after a loss. 150 N. Radnor-Chester Rd, Suite F130, Radnor, PA 19087. Call: 610-687-5150

Phoenix Grief and Loss Support Group
A time to explore feelings, an occasion for thoughtful discussion, an opportunity to share experiences in a supportive, healing environment. All adults who are suffering from significant life losses are encouraged to attend. Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 South Valley Forge Road, Devon PA. Membership is free (non-denominational; all are welcome.) For information and meeting times, please contact: or call (610) 585-6604.

Wissahickon Hospice of the University of Pennsylvania Health System
Provides free bereavement support programs for spouses, partners, lesbians and gays, and for children up to age 18 who have experienced the loss of a relative, friend or loved one. Call: 610-617-2400 or 1-800-700-8807

Reading resources

The Fall of Freddie The Leaf, Leo Bufegolia

The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein. Harpercollins Juvenile Books, 1986.

Good Grief : A Constructive Approach to the Problem of Loss, Granger E. Westberg. Fortress Press, 1986.

A Grief Observed, C. S. Lewis. Harper San Fransisco, 2001.

Lifetimes: The Beautiful Ways to Explain Death to Children, Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen.

Living When a Loved One Has Died, Earl Grollman. Beacon Press, 1995.

Living With Grief : Who We Are, How We Grieve, Kenneth J. Doka (Editor), Joyce D. Davidson (Editor). Hospice Foundation of America, Brunner/Mazel, 1998.

The Mourning Handbook: A Complete Guide for the Bereaved, Helen Fitzgerald. Simon and Schuster, 1994.

Nobody's Child Anymore: Grieving, Caring and Comforting When Parents Die, Barbara Bartocci. Sorin Books, 2000.

Safe Passage: Words to Help the Grieving Hold Fast and Let Go, Molly Fumia. Conari Press, 1992.

Surviving Grief And Learning to Live Again, Catherine M. Saunders. John Wiley & Sons.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold Kushner. Avon, 1994.

Books to help young people grieve and understand death

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, Judith Viorst (jE)

When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, Laurene Krasny Brown (j155.937 B813w)

When People Die, Sarah Levete (j155.937 L577w)

Sun and Spoon, Kevin Henkes (j)

Rudi's Pond, Eve Bunting (jE)

Saying Goodbye to Daddy, Judith Vigna (jE)

Death is Hard to Live With: Teenagers Talk about How They Cope with Loss, Janet Bode (155.937 D349I)

How It Feels When a Parent Dies, Jill Krementz (155.937 K881h)

To find a support group

  • Call your telephone operator and ask for the numbers for your local mental health association and your local suicide prevention center. Both types of agency have good grief referral lists. You need not be suicidal to get a grief referral from a suicide prevention center. Also check with your faith community.
  • Use the Yellow Pages and call hospitals and hospices near you. Ask to speak with the Bereavement Coordinator, Social Worker, or Chaplain's Office to get a local grief referral. Many hospitals and hospices provide grief support to clients for up to one year following a death and offer groups to the general public.