RESOURCES

Online resources, support and connection for grieving parents and families.

Funeral Cost Assistance

Final Farewell
Final Farewell helps families provide an affordable funeral for a loved child.  We provide financial assistance, advice and guidance.  We’ve helped families from all religions and backgrounds. Your donation enables us to offer the enormous gift of a decent burial and a proper good-bye.

Tears Foundation
The TEARS Foundation seeks to compassionately lift a financial burden from families who have lost a child by providing funds to assist with the cost of burial or cremation services.  We also offer parents comprehensive bereavement care in the form of grief support groups and peer companions.

Grief Support

Bereaved Parents of the USA
Bereaved Parents of the USA is an organization run by bereaved parents to provide a safe space where grieving families – parents, siblings, and grandparents – can connect, share stories, and begin to rebuild their lives. There are local chapters around the country as well as a website, quarterly newsletters, written resources available for printing, and an annual conference.

Brief Encounters
Brief Encounters is a nonprofit, nonsectarian group for parents whose babies have died before, during, or after birth. Brief Encounters provides meetings in the greater Portland, Oregon area and local phone support. At informal, mutually supportive meetings, bereaved parents and their families share their stories, discuss issues that arise around pregnancy and infant loss, and remember their children. Through talking or just listening, we learn what grief is and how, through understanding and caring, we heal.

The Comfort Cub
The Comfort Cub is a therapeutic teddy bear designed to help the empty arms that accompany losing a child. Founder Marcella Johnson’s son George died six hours after birth, 22 years ago. The mission of The Comfort Cub is to bring comfort to anyone experiencing a broken heart as a result of a significant loss or trauma.

Compassionate Friends
When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

MISS Foundation
MISS Foundation offers online support, has face-to-face support groups in certain areas, and HOPE Mentors available all over the world. There is a network of Compassionate Bereavement Care providers who are specifically trained in traumatic grief who may be available to offer support services in your community. There are resources for families with specialty information for dads, grandparents, and siblings. For professionals, there is information on our workshops, resources, and speakers available to present about many topics relating to child death. Founded by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, grieving mom and Professor of Traumatic Grief at Arizona State University.

Return to Zero: H.O.P.E
RTZ HOPE is a national non-profit organization that provides holistic support, resources and community for all people who have experienced unimaginable loss during the journey to parenthood.

Seattle Children’s Journey’s Program
The Journey Program is for any family who has experienced the death of a child. It provides support to help families cope with death, loss, and the grieving process.

SUDC Foundation
The SUDC Foundation supports awareness, advocates for research, and supports those affected by sudden unexpected or unexplained death in childhood.

Grief Support for Surviving Siblings

Bereaved Parents of the USA – Help for Siblings
A section of the website of Bereaved Parents of the USA focuses specifically on help for siblings who grieve.

Dougy Center
The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. They provide support and training locally, nationally, and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.

Eluna
Eluna supports children and families impacted by grief or addiction. Their 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 their unique programs bring kids together to ease their pain and provide the tools to help restore hope.

National Alliance for Grieving Children
The alliance is a national organization of professionals dedicated to supporting children and the networks and communities surrounding them. Through the collective voice of our members and partners, we educate, advocate and raise awareness about childhood bereavement.

Peace of Mind

Knox Blocks
Since launching in April of 2017, Knox Blocks has been providing the Owlet Smart Socks to families in need across the country. The Owlet tracks infant heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep. If either level goes outside of a normal range, caregivers and parents are alerted. The purpose of the Owlet is to deliver the right information at the right time, giving the chance to intervene and possibly save the life of a little one.

Blogs

A Bed For My Heart
Just Playing House
Buzzy’s Bees
Modern Loss
Spaces Between You

Still Standing Magazine
Helpful articles, blogs, and writing that cover every subject imaginable related to losing a pregnancy, infant, or child, often suddenly and unexpectedly.

Books

Grief Day by Day – Jan Warner
Healing a Grandparent’s Heart – Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D
Healing a Parent’s Grieving Heart – Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D
Once More We Saw Stars – Jayson Greene
Option B – Sheryl Sandburg

Podcasts