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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Who It’s For:
Family and friends who have lost loved ones to suicide

Contact Info:
120 Wall Street, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Tel: 212-363-3500 or 888-333-2377
www.afsp.org

Website Features:
Nationwide support group and event listings for surviving family members and friends; resources for those struggling with suicidal thoughts and their loved ones; research highlights; background information for journalists, educators and healthcare professionals.

Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement

Who Its For: People grieving pets of all kinds

Contact Info: 
www.aplb.org

Website Features: 
Chat rooms; annual conference information; online memorials; information about euthanasia, pet cremation and burial services; advice for talking to children about pet loss.

Center for Complicated Grief

Who It’s For: 
People affected by Complicated Grief, an all-consuming form of grief that does not ease over time.

Contact Info:
sw-cgt@columbia.edu
Tel: 212-851-2107

Website Features:
Information for the public on how to support someone with complicated grief; listings for therapists who specialize in Complicated Grief Therapy; readings on how to recognize/treat the condition; information for professionals on educational programs and training sessions.

Comfort Zone Camp

Who It’s For:
Children 7-17 grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver

Contact Info:
7201 Glen Forest Drive
Suite 301
Richmond, VA 23226
Tel: 866-488-5679
www.comfortzonecamp.org

Website Features:
Camp registration; FAQs for parents and guardians; video gallery; information on volunteer opportunities.

Compassionate Friends

Who It’s For:
Parents who have lost children at any age

Contact Info:
900 Jorie Blvd., Suite 78
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Tel: 630-990-0010 or 877-969-0010
www.compassionatefriends.org

Website Features:
Chapter locator; calendar of vigils and conferences; information for the newly bereaved and about finding support online.

Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS)

Who It’s For:
Families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty

Contact Info:
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020

Physical Address:
846 Old South 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
Tel: 573-346-4911
www.nationalcops.org

Website Features:
Camp and family retreat registration; scholarship applications; trial and parole support information.

First Candle

Who It’s For: Families who have lost infants to stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)

Contact Info:
2105 Laurel Bush Road, Suite 201
Bel Air, MD 21015
Tel: 443-640-1049 or 800-221-7437
www.firstcandle.org/

Website Features:
Information about its 24/7grief counseling; programming information for professionals providing pregnancy or infant death risk reduction services or grief support to families.

Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP)

Who It’s For:
Those who have lost loved ones to substance abuse or addiction

Contact Info:
42-335 Washington St., F #175
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Tel: 714-865-7879
www.grasphelp.org

Website Features:
Support group locator; information about upcoming events and retreats; support group listings; book and article recommendations; victim tributes.

Healing Improv

Who It’s For:
Those looking for healing through improv and performance

Contact Info:
www.healing-improv.org/

Website Features:
Information about workshops and schedules; active blog.

The Motherless Daughters Foundation

Who It’s For:
Girls ages 9-15 who don’t have the support of their birth mother, and mentors of those girls.

Contact Info:
1859 Harvard Ave.
Atlanta, GA 3033
www.motherlessdaughtersfoundation.org/

Website Features:
Enrollment information for prospective participants and mentors; testimonials.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Who It’s For:
Families impacted by drunk driving casualties

Contact Info:
511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700
Irving, TX 75062
Tel: 877-275-6322 (877-ASK-MADD)
www.madd.org

Website Features:
Information on local and national support services and availability of victim compensation; downloadable supportive literature in English and Spanish for teenagers, parents, and surviving family members on topics ranging from staging an intervention to writing a victim impact statement. Downloadable supportive literature; information on victims.

National Alliance for Grieving Children

Who It’s For:
Families of bereaved children and teens

Contact Info:
P.O. Box 2373
Stuart, FL 34995
Tel: 866-432-1542
www.childrengrieve.org

Website Features:
Articles about childhood grief; map of support services offered nationwide; online learning opportunities; guidance on talking to children about loss.

National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

Who It’s For:
Families and educators seeking trauma and bereavement services in school settings

Contact Info:
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
3601 A Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Tel: 215-427-4600
www.schoolcrisiscenter.org

Website Features:
Parents’ guide to supporting grieving children, training materials for school administrators and teachers, psychological first aid brochures available in multiple languages.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Who It’s For: Family members of firefighters who have died in the line of duty

Contact Info:
16825 South Seton Avenue, Bldg O
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Tel: 301-447-1365
www.firehero.org

Website Features:
Information about services for newly bereaved families, as well as ongoing support services; information about benefits, scholarships and camp programs for family members of fallen firefighters.

The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)

Who It’s For:
Family (not just parents) and friends of those who have died by violence

Contact Info:
4960 Ridge Avenue, Suite # 2
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209
Tel: 513-721-5683 or 888-818-7662
www.pomc.org

Website Features:
Chapter locator; conference details; information about its parole block and second opinion services programs; online memorials.

National Students of AMF Support Network

Who It’s For:
College students grieving the illness or death of a loved one.

Contact Info:
National Students of AMF Support Network
3344 Hillsborough Street, Suite 260
Raleigh NC 27607
Tel: 919-803-6728
www.studentsofamf.org/

Website features:
“We Get It” support blog; college grief statistics; information about campus chapters nationwide; community service opportunities in memory of deceased loved ones; information about National College Student Grief Awareness Week.

Our House Grief Support Center

Who It’s For:
Children, teens and young adults dealing with loss, and looking for age- and relationship-specific support.

Contact Info:
West Los Angeles
1663 Sawtelle Blvd. Ste 300
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel: 310-473-1511

Woodland Hills
21860 Burbank Blvd. Ste195
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Tel: 818-222-3344
www.ourhouse-grief.org

Website features:
Support group and event information; news about Camp Erin (a national bereavement camp); recommended reading; educational materials for clergy and medical professionals.

Peter’s Place

Who It’s For:
Grieving children and families

Contact Info:
150 N. Radnor-Chester Road
Suite F130
Radnor, PA 19087
www.petersplaceonline.org

Website Features:
Information about its peer support programs for children and teens; parent information sessions; drop-in and in-school grief support efforts.

Safe Horizon

Who It’s For:
Victims of crime, including family members of homicide victims

Contact Info:

2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-577-7700
Fax: 212-577-3897

Crime Victims Hotline: 866-689-4357

www.safehorizon.org/
Family of Homicide Victims Program

Website Features:
Information about its support services, including support groups and court accompaniment in New York’s five boroughs; 24-hour hotline information and numbers; relevant studies, and coping strategies.

7 Cups of Tea

What It’s About:
On-demand emotional health service anonymously and securely connecting those in need of sharing with “compassionate listeners.”

Contact Info:
www.7cupsoftea.com

Website Features:
Information about connecting to a listener in the 7 Cups of Tea network as well as becoming a listener; recruitment opportunities for caregivers, military families and faith-based groups.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Who It’s For:
Family and friends of those who have died in military service to America, including those who have committed suicide

Contact Info:
3033 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 630
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: 800-959-TAPS (8277)
www.taps.org

Website Features:
Survivor resource kit; benefits assistance; support group locator; information about connecting with other survivors in-person, online or over the phone.

Twinless Twins Support Group International

Who It’s For:
Twins who have lost their twin

Contact Info:
P.O. Box 980481
Ypsilanti, MI 48198-0481
Tel: 888-205-8962
www.twinlesstwins.org

Website Features:
Information regional gatherings and annual conference; PDFs on early and ongoing twin loss and helping the bereaved; newsletter sign-up; online store.

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