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Welcome to Grief Resource and Support
This section includes resources for new widows that can be very helpful within the first year. Some of them may be repeated elsewhere, such as the section in which they fall under.
- New Widow Checklist – Soaring Spirits, in collaboration with the Liz Logelin Foundation, has created a general checklist for the newly widowed. You can find a link to both of these organizations in the Grief Support section
- National Bereavement Resource Guide – A compilation of state and local resources for people experiencing loss by New York Life and the Moyer Foundation. The National Bereavement Resource Guide is an ongoing resource and continually updated. You can find a link to both of these organizations in the Grief Support section.
Coping with the Loss of a Loved One to Mesothelioma – The Mesothelioma Center recently created a guide on coping with the loss of a loved one to Mesothelioma. Some of the things this guide touches on are the 5 steps of grieving and how to support others who are in the grieving process.
This section includes in-person and online ongoing weekly support programs, weekend programs as well as short-term action programs. Where applicable, it will include links to specific contacts within the programs where Roxane’s is knowledgeable about the person running it.
Grief Support Groups and Programs
- Grief Recovery Method – Our Grief Support Groups provide a safe environment for you to look at your old beliefs about dealing with loss, which losses have affected your life, and take actions that will lead you to complete unresolved emotions that may still be causing you pain. This is an action based 7 or 8-week program. It is offered both 1:1 and as a group. Location: All over the United States and Canada
- Camp Widow® – Camp Widow is a unique and incredible experience. During the course of a weekend, this program provides both practical tools and relevant resources for widowed persons rebuilding their lives in the aftermath of the death of a spouse or partner. Locations: Tampa, San Diego, Toronto
- GriefShare – GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Location: All over the United States, Canada and the world including, in Australia, Belize, Cayman Islands, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Republic of, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Taiwan, Republic Of China, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe. You can search their site to find a location near you.
General Grief Support
- Soaring Spirits – Soaring Spirits builds community. We create and maintain, innovative peer-based grief support programs for widowed men and women that serve a worldwide population. Based on the powerful connections created by shared experience, we endeavor to ensure that no one need grieve alone.
- Liz Logelin Foundation – We are dedicated to providing support to grief-stricken young families in their time of deepest need. When a parent dies the financial burden can be huge. The LLF awards monetary grants to meet families’ emotional and financial short-term needs.
- Hello Grief – Hello Grief provides information and resources about grief in order to break through the current culture of avoidance that surrounds death and loss. Instead, Hello Grief addresses bereavement head-on for those who are helping others cope, as well as those who need support on their own personal journey with grief. In a world that doesn’t get it, we do. Hello Grief was created by Comfort Zone Camp.
- Moyer Foundation – The mission of The Moyer Foundation is to provide comfort, hope, and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction. Our innovative resources and programs address the critical needs of children experiencing powerful, overwhelming and often confusing emotions associated with the death of someone close to them or substance abuse in their family. No child should have to face these struggles alone, and our unique programs bring kids together to ease their pain and provide the tools to help restore hope.
- New York Life Foundation – For 171 years, New York Life Insurance Company has been in the business of being there for people when we’re needed and helping them to build a better tomorrow. This is also the driving force behind the work of the New York Life Foundation and our Corporate Responsibility programs. We partner with local and national nonprofits dedicated to improving the lives of individuals from all walks of life, with our primary focus on organizations providing services to disadvantaged young people. From helping middle—school students get to high school on time to bereavement support for kids who have lost a parent or loved one, our goal is to give children and youth a chance to realize their potential and build a bright future for themselves and the world around us.
This section contains links to resources for children. It’s hard enough to take this heart-wrenching journey through grief on our own, but when we have children that need guidance and support, it can even be harder.
Grief Camp for Children and Teens
Multiple Location Camps
- Camp Erin Moyer Foundation – Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a transformational weekend camp that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Locations: United States AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, TX, WA, WI – Canada ON, QC
- Comfort Zone Camp (CZC) – Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501(c)3 bereavement organization that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Comfort Zone’s programs are offered to children ages 5-25, and their families for the family programs. Locations: CA, MA, NJ
- Crossroads Kids – This is a 3-day, 2-night camp that is held at various locations throughout the country and is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12. This camp is put on by Crossroads Hospice Charitable Foundation. Locations: OK, MO
- TAPS Bereavement Camp – TAPS Youth Programs provide safe spaces for military children to explore grief and embrace healing. Locations: All over the US
- Outward Bound – Grieving teens expedition Locations: All over the US
- Camp Hope – Camp Hope is a free weekend camp for children, ages 6 to 17, who have experienced the loss of a significant loved one.
- Camp Good Grief – Camp Good Grief is a 3-day camp experience for children and teens 10 to 16 years old who have had a sibling or parent die.
- Camp Comfort – Camp Comfort is a weekend camp offered twice each summer by Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice to address the special needs of grieving children ages 6 to 12.
- Camp Love’s Embrace – Camp Love’s Embrace, Inc. is a weekend children’s grief camp for children ages 7-14 who have experienced the death of a loved one whether that be a parent, sibling, grandparent, best friend, or other person of significance in their lives.
- Camp Live Laugh Love – The Children’s Bereavement Network (CBN) is a non-profit organization that sponsors Camp Live, Laugh, Love for children grieving the death of a significant loved one in their life.
New Mexico Camps
- Children’s Grief Center Camp Corazon – The Children’s Grief Center (CGC) of New Mexico provides special support services for children, teens, young adults (ages 5-25) and their caregivers after the death of a loved one.
- Camp Agape – Camp Agape for children is a unique and innovative summer camp program designed specifically for children who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Our service is available to ALL children between 7 and 12 years of age who are grieving and need support.
Grief Programs for Youth and Teens
Common Ground – The mission of Common Ground is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can come together and share their experiences as they begin the journey through the grief process.
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. Through our Pathways Program, we provide a safe place for families facing an advanced serious illness.
Online Grief Support
- Kidsaid – Always on – always here – an outlet for thoughts and feelings. Adults may lurk but only kids may send messages. Kids who want to join should have a parent’s permission to join.
- Help to Make Sense – Help 2 Make Sense is an online tool brought to you by Winston’s Wish. It aims to help young people who have experienced the death of a loved one come to terms with their loss.
If you would like to see a resource listed or you would like help finding one, please connect with Roxane.
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