National Grief Resources

  • The National Alliance for Grieving Children provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of children's bereavement centers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the families they serve in their own communities.

  • The Center for Loss is dedicated to "companioning" grieving people as they mourn transitions and losses that transform their lives. We help mourners by walking with them in their unique life journeys. We also help professional caregivers and lay people by serving as an educational resource and professional forum.

  • The Centering Corporation is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization dedicated to providing education on grief and loss for professionals and the families they serve. Centering Corporation was founded in 1977 by Joy and Dr. Marvin Johnson. When Joy and Marv started 31 years ago they developed nine little coloring books for hospitalized children and two workshop offerings for nurses and families. Over time, this evolved into what is now called Patient Education. Centering Corporation has done remarkably well in the industry, with now a compilation of over 500 resources for grief and loss including our own magazine Grief Digest. We continue to provide educational offerings, bookstores, and workshops for caregivers and families, with a heritage of becoming the largest provider of resources for Grief and Loss in the nation.

  • The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences

    The Dougy Center was the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children. We'd like to share with you what we have learned from over 20,000 children, teens and families we've served since 1982.

    The Dougy Center also provides support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.

  • Welcome to our childhood bereavement resource area, brought to educators and families by the New York Life Foundation. Learn how to best help children who might otherwise feel alone and lost as they navigate though their grief.

  • The National Foundation for Grieving Children, Teens and Families, A Little Hope's mission is to help provide grief counseling and bereavement support services to children and teens who have experienced the loss of a parent or a loved one, regardless of the circumstances of the death.

  • Focused on continuing and expanding their support of children and families affected by grief and addiction, The Moyer Foundation has launched a comprehensive online library of carefully curated resources that provide the tools to navigate some of life’s most challenging experiences. With the expertise of hundreds of supportive partners, The Moyer Foundation Resource center offers a personalized set of articles, videos, activities and referrals that explore grief, addiction, bullying, suicide, mindfulness, mental health, and much more. The Moyer Foundation Resource Center, accessed by website, email and phone, reflects the individual needs of each family and child that needs support.

  • The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a unique collaboration of the leading professional organizations representing classroom educators (including teachers, paraprofessionals, and other instructional staff), principals, assistant principals, superintendents, school board members, and central office staff, student support personnel (including school counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, school social workers, and other student support personnel), and other school professionals who have come together with a common conviction: grieving students need the support and care of the school community.

    The Coalition’s purpose is to create and share a set of industry-endorsed resources that will empower school communities across America in the ongoing support of their grieving students.

  • Sesame Street

    Nebraska Public Television recently aired a program generating national awareness about grieving families. The program, hosted by Katie Couric, interviewed four grieving families - exploring concerns and obstacles faced by families after experiencing the death of a loved one. As part of this initiative, Mourning Hope has received 300 resource kits. Available in both English and Spanish, these kits each contain a DVD, informational packet on how to support grieving children and a children's book. If you would like one of these free resource kits, please contact us. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • The simple fact that bereaved youth are not alone is one of the most important messages that a grieving child can receive. Through the Shared Grief Project, this message is communicated through the personal testaments of high-profile figures who can offer a sense of empathy, solidarity, and hope during a difficult time to grieving children and their families.

  • Family Lives On is a program that provides free direct services through the "Tradition Program", they help children continue traditions they used to celebrate with their mother or father - but they don't do it with them. Family Lives On just provides all they need - amusement park tickets, baking ingredients, etc. for a surviving caregiver to do the tradition with them. It promotes intra family connection and communication, provides ongoing support and helps maintain an emotional bond with their deceased parent. Family Lives on serves all children ages 3-18 regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, geographic region (within the United States) or the cause of the parent's death. This continuing engagement establishes trust and allows us to be a point of referral to fellow NAGC members.

  • On Coming Alive Project brings hope to the hurting!

    On Feb. 15, more than 70 individuals joined forces for the launch of The On Coming Alive Project. The project features a collection of stories of “rising from the ashes and coming alive” and can be found here.

    Lexi Behrndt, writer and founder of Scribbles and Crumbs, created the project in hopes to help others who have endured suffering, after losing her six-month-old son, Charlie, to a congenital heart defect. “I wanted to share with others that they, too, could rise,” Behrndt said. “That they, too, could see their suffering as horrible, but they could also use it to propel them to purpose, to refine their hearts with compassion, empathy, and love, and to understand that doing so does not negate their pain. It simply allows pain to coexist with joy and purpose.”

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