AARP Grief and Loss… Community Resources

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					AARP: Grief and Loss… Community Resources

Note: please take advantage of these resources…often run by volunteers,
these group want to help you

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A number of organizations may offer bereavement support in your area.
Those who typically offer this resource include:

      Religious settings — churches, synagogues, mosques
      Pastoral counseling centers
      Hospitals
      Mental health or social service agencies
      Funeral homes (many have after-care services)
      Hospices
      YMCA or similar organizations
      Men's support/discussion groups

In addition, most public libraries have books under the topics of
bereavement, death, widowhood or family. We suggest you consider
borrowing books before buying them.

If you need more help or want to explore some of the avenues others have
taken in their time of crisis, you may want to contact one of the many grief-
related organizations available to you.

Grief-Related Organizations
National Organizations

Services of the organizations listed here vary from place to place. While
most are free, some organizations charge dues or fees for their services.
When you call an organization, we recommend you inquire about what they
offer and if there are any fees involved.

No listing of this type can be complete and groups such as these can change
frequently. Because of this, AARP does not assume responsibility of
accuracy of information or the level of service provided.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
120 Wall Street, 22nd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 363-3500
Toll Free: (888) 333-AFSP
Fax: (212) 363-6237
Web site:

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to advancing
knowledge about suicide and the ability to prevent it.

The Compassionate Friends
PO Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
Phone: (630) 990-0010
Toll Free: (877) 969-0010
Web site:

The Compassionate Friends is a national non-profit, self-help organization
that offers friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents,
and siblings.

Dougy Center for Grieving Children
PO Box 86552
Portland, OR 97286
Phone: (503) 775-5683
Fax: (503) 777-3097
Web site:

Through their National Center for Grieving Children and Families, the
Dougy Center provides support and training locally, nationally, and
internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children and
teens in grief.

Hospice Foundation of America
2001 S Street, NW, #300
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 638-5419
Web site:
The Hospice Foundation of American is a non-profit organization that
promotes hospice care and works to educate professionals and families in
issues relating to caregiving, terminal illness, loss and bereavement.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 625
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 837-1500
Toll Free: (800) 658-8898
Fax: (703) 837-1233
Web site:

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is an association of
professionals and volunteer caregivers that provides educational programs,
technical assistance, and public policy advocacy.

Society of Military Widows
5535 Hempstead Way
Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: (703) 750-1342
Fax: (703) 354-4380
Web site:

The Society of Military Widows is a nationwide organization whose purpose
is to assist widows of members of all branches of uniformed services of the
United States.

TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), Inc.
2001 S Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (800) 959-TAPS
Fax: (202) 638-5312
Web site:

TAPS is a national, non-profit organization serving the families and friends
of those who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. Services include
a military survivor peer support network, grief counseling referral,
caseworker assistance, and crisis information.
Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
60 Revere Drive, Suite 500
Northbrook, IL 60062
Phone: (847) 509-0403
Fax: (847) 480-9282
Web site:

ADEC is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in
death education, bereavement counseling, and the care of the dying.

Independent Local Programs
There are many local bereavement programs that are not affiliated with
national organizations. The following organizations frequently sponsor
bereavement groups and you should contact them to see if they offer a
bereavement program in your area. They include:

      Religious organizations such as churches, synagogues and mosques
      Funeral homes
      Hospices
      "Aging organizations" such as senior centers or the Area Agency on
      Hospitals
      Mental health or counseling center