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Helping Others with Grief

A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:

Helping Yourself with Grief

Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died.  It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.

For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member.  The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.

Local Resources

  • West Suburban Grief Coalition, to provide support for persons who are grieving from losses which may include death of a loved one or a significant life change. Alva Benson,763-545-1108.
  • The Widow’s Hope Foundation, To assist men, women and children who walk the unwelcome path of “alone-ness” after devasting loss of a spouse, significant other or parent.
  • The Center for Grief, A non-profit organization dedicated to offering help and hope for the difficult times in one’s life through a variety of services. 651-641-0177
  • West Metro Grief Support Coalition, the mission of this coalition is to provide caring support and education for persons who are experiencing grief and loss. Contact Darcie Rodman for more information at 763-546-4404,
  • Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center is available for information, guidance and support. The Center directs a statewide information and counseling network. 1800-732-3812.

Additional Resources:

  • SAVE (suicide awareness voices of education) To educate about suicide prevention and speak for suicide survivors.
  • AARP Grief and Loss For widowed and bereaved adults.
  • Bereaved Parents of the Aids and supports families struggling to survive their grief after the death of a child.
  • Center for Loss and Life For bereaved and children and bereavement caregivers.
  • The Compassionate Supports families following a child’s death.
  • GROWW-Grief Recovery Online Provides message board, resource listings and secure chat rooms for the grieving.
  • In Loving Dedicated to helping parents cope with the death of their only child or all children through conferences/outreach.
  • National Center for Grieving Children and Provides peer support groups for children.
  • SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss For families who have experiences the death of a baby dues to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.
  • American Hospice The American Hospice Foundation aids programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages.
  • Hospice Foundation of Provides information for professionals and families on issues relating to caregiving, terminal illness, loss and bereavement.

Local and National Charitable Organizations:

  • Minnesota-Dakotas Alzheimer’s Association. Provides Education and support to people with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers.
  • American Cancer Society Dedicated to preventing cancer and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.
  • American Diabetes Association A health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy for the prevention and cure of diabetes.
  • American Foundation for AIDS Supports AIDS research, prevention, treatment education and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy.
  • American Heart Dedicated to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
  • American Liver Dedicated to preventing, treating and curing hepatitis and all liver diseases through research, education and support groups.
  • American Lung Association of Minnesota Dedicated to fighting lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.
  • American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute Dedicated to the prevention of sudden infant death and promotion of infant health
  • Minnesota Chapter of the Amyotrphic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association Dedicated to the fight against ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Dedicated to the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
  • Funeral Service Foundation (FSF) Through charitable gifts and grants, FSF provides resources for career and professional development, the support of funeral service and allied professions, public awareness and education and the improvement of children’s lives.
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Dedicated to finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
  • Living Bank International, Organ and Tissue Donor Registry Promotes organ and tissue donation through public education and maintains a national registry of those willing to donate.
  • Make-A-Wish-Foundation For children with life-threatening illnesses.
  • March of Dimes Minnesota Dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.
  • Minnesota Chapter of Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Focuses on drunk driving and underage drinking problems and offers support for people grieving the death of a loved one caused by drunk driving.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Provides news and information about neuromuscular disease, and supports MDA research and services for adults and children with neuromuscular diseases and their families.
  • National AIDS Fund Provides a voice on HIV infection prevention by supporting harm-reduction programs throughout the United States.
  • National Kidney Foundation Seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation.
  • Salvation Army National Dedicated to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and alleviating human suffering and distress without discrimination.
  • SIDS Alliance Unites families, caregivers, health professionals with government, business and community service groups to advance infant safety and survival, support bereaved families, and hasten the elimination of SIDS through research.
  • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is dedicated to education and research on breast cancer causes, treatment and the search for a cure.
  • Tissue Banks International Provide eye, bone, tendon and ligament tissue to restore mobility and sight-restoration, as well as skin for reconstructive surgery, heart valves and saphenous veins for cardiac and circulatory conditions.
  • Mesothelioma Group Increase awareness, improving survival rates and life expectancy.


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