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.

  • 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 through their grief.

  • Key survey findings include:

    -Childhood Bereavement Has Enduring Impact, But Support Is Short Lived: Americans who lost a parent growing up say it takes six-plus years to move forward, but support wanes within the first three months

    -Public Conversation Around Loss Is Growing, Even As Societal Discomfort Persists: Despite growing dialogue, 63% of Americans still avoid grief conversations out of worry over saying the wrong thing

    -Social Media Is Shaping Today’s Grief Conversations, But Actions Speak Louder Than ‘Likes’: 58% of Americans say social media has helped them express condolences to people they otherwise wouldn’t have, but many grievers prefer more personal forms of communication

    -Support, Access to Resources Critical to Resiliency: Many Americans don’t know where to turn for grief resources, but access to resources and ongoing support can help build resiliency in the face of loss

  • Focused on continuing and expanding their support of children and families affected by grief and addiction, Eluna offers 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 Eluna 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 Eluna Resource Center, accessed by website, email and phone, reflects the individual needs of each family and child that needs support.

  • The Funeral Service Foundation created a booklet, ebook and video in collaboration with the National Funeral Directors Association, funeral service professionals and bereavement experts committed to helping families and caregivers understand the important role funerals and memorization play in the lives of youth. Available in English and Spanish, the tools help debunk the common myths that prevent youth from attending or participating in funerals, offer age-appropriate language and advice on discussing death and funerals with youth, and give suggestions for youth preparedness, empowerment and involvement in memorialization.

  • 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.

  • A college education is already a major financial challenge for most American families, but it becomes infinitely more difficult for a student when a parent dies, leaving little or no life insurance.

    Recognizing the character and perseverance that so many young people show in the face of such adversity, Life Happens sponsors the annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and college-bound high school seniors. Qualified entrants who submit essays or videos about how the death of a parent impacted their lives are eligible for scholarship money.

  • Not If But When encourages and supports sharing good books and stories about death and loss with children and teens throughout their lives. Death is a natural part of our time on earth together. Each of us will lose people important to us, and each of us will die. The question is not if, but when. Children and teens facing the loss of friends and family, or their own mortality, need help navigating the emotional, physical, and practical upheavals and restorations that are part of the natural process. Books offer opportunities to ask questions, wonder, and simply acknowledge the realities of their circumstances. We tend to broach the subject of death with young people only after death has occurred or becomes imminent. By "protecting" children from these conversations we inadvertently prevent them from acquiring the skills and context necessary to make sense of death when it does arrive. Introducing the subject through books and stories provides a safe and comfortable context for these important conversations.

  • SLAP’D (Surviving Life After a Parent Dies) is a social media site for teens who have lost a parent to find hope and connection through shared experiences. SLAP’D offers articles, advice forums, an ask-an-expert column, and other resources for grieving teens.

  • 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 more than 40 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 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.

  • 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.”