I lost a loved one recently and need help learning to cope. Where can I find a grief support group?
Many grief support services are offered through organizations at the community level. A good place to start is to contact your local NAMI Affiliate. To find your nearest NAMI Affiliate, click on your state through the Find Your Local NAMI menu. Additionally, you may find the following resources to be of help:
In-person support groups
- Most local hospices offer free or sliding scale grief therapy or can refer individuals to grief support in their area. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Association maintains a Directory of Hospices across the U.S.
- GriefShare operates a network of free, in-person griefrecovery support groups across the country. Their website provides a Find a Group search function.
- net is a website portal that links people who are grieving after a death by suicide to an extensive online directory of resources and information to help them cope with their loss.
- The Compassionate Friends is a self-help organization with over 600 chapters serving all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam, that offer grief support to bereaved parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members during the natural grieving process after a child has died.
Online support groups
- Psychology Today maintains search function on its website where individuals can filter their search to find grief support in their area. Groups are facilitated by a trained clinician, and cost will vary by geographic location, facilitator and health insurance participation status.
- The Grief Resource Network features a broad spectrum of peer-support grief-related services, assistance, comfort and guidance for those who are suffering from the loss of a loved one, including crisis relief assistance, meetings/events, regional service providers, grief related research studies/data as well as book and movie recommendations. It maintains Grief Anonymous a free, anonymous Facebook support group.
- Open to Hope offers an online support forum where individuals share their stories and connect to others coping with grief and loss.
Other grief support services
- What's Your Grief maintains a website that provides education, practical and specific suggestions for moving forward, suggestions for self-exploration and self-expression, ways to honor and remember deceased loved ones and a supportive community. Similarly, the website of Modern Loss provides resources and tips for coping with grief.
- Carson’s Village is a free service to assist families in managing practical details following the sudden loss of a loved one. Provides free peer advocacy to help families plan/navigate details from loss to funeral. The organization is currently serving 18 states.
Loss from suicide
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers referrals to in person support groups for those who have lost someone to suicide, and those who have attempted suicide.
- American Association of Suicidology provides a national directory for suicide resources and maintains an in-person support group finder for both attempts and loss survivors of suicide.
- SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) provides a finder function on its website for in person support groups for suicide loss survivors, as well as resources about suicide and finding help for yourself or others.
- Alliance of Hope provides information and resources to those who have lost a loved one to suicide; provides a locator for online support group
- Parents of Suicides (POS) and Friends and Families of Suicides (FFOS) website that offers resources and links to online grief support communities.