Links for Grieving Children and Families
Due to the events in Newtown, CT we are adding a section directly related to trauma on this page.
Here are a list of links that may be helpful to families dealing with trauma from this tragic event:
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting - American Psychological Association.
Talking to your Children About Violence - Tips for Teachers and Parents - National Association of School Psychologists
The 12 Core Concepts: Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Talking to your children about traumatic events in the news - education.com
The National Association for Grieving Children is providing multiple links and articles on a new page responding to this national tragedy.
Children's Response to Trauma and Coping with Children's Response to Trauma - Article by Mayflower Crisis Team, Colorado
In response to Friday's tragedy in Newtown, 2-1-1 Child Care has created a list of resources to support caregivers. These resources can be found on the 2-1-1 Child Care website, www.211childcare.org and include valuable information on how to help children and caregivers heal in the aftermath of a trauma.
Dial 2-1-1, Connecticut's statewide, toll-free, 24 hour information and referral service or click here for additional mental health, emergency preparedness and grief counseling resources.
Trauma Resources for Children and Families
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
From Child Care Aware
From the National Association for the Education of Young Children
From the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership
Danbury Hospital is providing crisis intervention and traumatic intervention services for this event. As the First Responders it is appropriate to contact them for information. Call Danbury Hospital Crisis Intervention at (203) 739-7007.
If you are distessed, anxious and need to speak with someone about this event, or if this event has brought up emotional issues, please call the Torrington Crisis Hotline to talk to their counselors at 888-447-3339. They provide services to the Newton catchment area.
The Red Cross has set up counseling at the Newton Edmon Town Hall. Reed Elementary School has onsite counselors and The Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department has also set up responders in the area.
The Governor's Office will also be providing updates on response to this unspeakable tragedy that affects all of the children and families in the state of Connecticut.
Here is a list containing links that may be helpful when dealing with grief.
Find a Center - The National Alliance for Grieving Children offers a search engine for grieving centers and programs across the United States.
Bereavement Super List - Over 975 links provided by PreciousHeart.net.
Grief Super List - More than 975 links provided by PreciousHeart.net.
Afterhours Inspirational Stories: Death and Dying - Inspirational story and poem collection about death, dying, and grievance.
Alive Alone - A support group for the education of bereaved parents, whose only child or all children are deceased.
Becoming Eternal - Selections from a book of 365 essays written by a married couple for the one of them who will survive the other's death.
Beliefnet.com - Grief and Loss Forum - Multifaith website, providing information, provocative essays and articles, online community and other interactive resources about grief and loss.
Bereaved Families Online - Located in Ontario, proving local support as well as computer support. Focus is on the healing process in the form of support groups, internet bereavement support, and educational resources.
Bereaved Parents - In Loving Memory of Jason Lee - A site for bereaved parents and their family and friends. In Loving memory of Jason Lee.
Bereavement - A Magazine of Hope and Healing - Offers searchable magazine archives, free online support groups, free electronic sympathy cards, free electronic memorials, and a secure catalog.
Bereavement Poems and Articles - Poems and Articles connected with grief, loss and bereavement. Includes links and an online memorial tribute.
Beyond Indigo - Provides information on caregiving, loss, grieving, and end-of-life issues for family, friends, pets, and loved ones, with an emphasis on the positive.
Bo's Place - Bo's Place offers a unique program in Houston, TX, that provides free grief support services to children and their families who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling.
Broken Hearts, Living Hope - Offers a free monthly print newsletter for bereaved families, as well as photo albums to display pictures of deceased children.
Catch a Falling Life - Offers articles, books and professional services for those coping with grief and loss.
Center for Loss and Renewal - Dedicated to understanding the process of grief, and its impact on laypeople and professionals. It includes a monthly column, "On the path from loss to renewal."
The Centre for Grief Education - Based in Melbourne Australia and has as its mission to provide, through research, education, and consultancy, support for bereaved people. Features newsletters, services, directory, and programs.
The Child Bereavement Trust - Charity with on-line information for young people who've lost someone close.
The Comfort of Home - Resource to find consolation, emotional support, encouragement, stress management, balance, and serenity to help those experiencing grief, loss, disappointment or pain.
The Comfort Zone - Writings of comfort and inspiration for those who grieve.
Compassion Connection - Offering comfort and hope to those grieving loss of child, spouse, parents, siblings, missing, suicide, tragedy, divorce, abused. Loss of health, loss of pet, loss of job. Processing grief. Inspirational.
Crisis, Grief, and Healing - A place for people to find help in healing from loss. The honor page (the first internet memorial site) has over 500 memorials, and continues to put up memorials free of charge.
Crisis or Challange? - A Guide to Bereavement Stress and Modern Day Terror - An on-line guide for teachers, parents and those who have been victims of terror attacks, traumatic crisis, and long-term stress. A special section on the traditional Jewish attitude to mourning is included.
CRUSE Bereavement Care - National charity set up to offer free, confidential help to bereaved people. Cruse produces booklets on coping with grief which you can buy on-line.
Death and Dying from About.com - Links for the grieving widow, widower, child, teen and adult. Dedicated to the bereaved, the dying and those who care for them. Includes all issues about dying, pet loss, and memorials.
The Dougy Center - Provides a safe and supportive place for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death to share their stories. We do this through education, training and peer support groups.
Ele's Place - A nonprofit, community-based organization in Lansing, MI whose mission is to create awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Through peer support group programs, Ele’s Place helps children to cope with the death or life-threatening illness of a parent, sibling or other close family member or friend.
Erin's House - Through partnerships with schools and community organizations in the Fort Wayne, IN area, Erin's House works with families to prevent the negative consequences of unresolved grief.
Estrangements - Provides information about loss due to estrangement. Includes a journal, lists of books, movies, articles, other references, poetry, and people who have experienced estrangement.
EverandEver.com - Attempts to assist those seeking relief to grief by providing a free one way e-mail address in the name of their deceased loved ones.
Family Grief Resources - Providing grief resources, articles, recommended reading and support to people coping with the death of a loved one.
Friends Along the Road, Inc. - Relief for those in deep grief, so that they may have time away from pressing obligations in order to rest, seek consolation or healing, and possibly reevaluate their lives. Bulletin board and fund raising activities.
Good Grief - The Shiva Foundation - About grief, how to deal with it, and how to turn it into a positive, creative experience.
Good Grief Resources - A collection of grief resources for the bereaved, their caregivers and those coping with loss.
Grief and Loss - Offering articles, discussions, resources and tools for coping with grief and the loss of a loved one.
Grief and Renewal - International site to support people in their journeys of recovery and rebuilding following a loss. Resources, links, bulletin board, and people's stories of renewal.
Grief Healing - Bereavement support including articles, poetry, links and a section on pet loss.
Grief Inc. - Official home of Darcie, Tony and Alicia Sims, who are internationally recognized public speakers on the topics of grief and grief support.
The Grief Recovery Institute - Offering information, handbooks, resources, and news to help individuals deal with grief.
Grief Workshops - A system for funeral homes, health care facilities, mental health workers and social workers to support those suffering from grief and loss.
GriefLink - Information resource on death related grief for the community and professionals. Includes coping with grief, helpin the bereaved, resources, education, and specific topics.
GriefLossRecovery.com - Articles, memorials, poetry,and provides a safe haven for bereaved persons to share their grief through discussion forums.
Grief's Journey - A collection of resources for dealing with bereavement and loss, including original essays, a discussion bulletin board and chat area. Primarily focused on widows and widowers.
Griefsong: Healing the Loss - A place where to find creative and nurturing ways to honor grief following the death of a loved one. Includes songs of hope and inspiration, songs for memorials and funeral services, songs for rituals and spiritual renewal as well as meditation resources.
GriefWeb - A collection of literature and links to help you cope with the loss of a loved one.
Grieving and Loss Support and Resources - Learn about the stages of grief, bereavement after the loss of a loved one, or coping with the loss of a love relationship or pet.
Grieving the Loss of a Parent - Alexandra Kennedy.com, seven tasks and ten steps of recovery, supporting a friend, books, tapes, workshops, and articles.
Healing Hearts for Bereaved Parents - A site devoted to providing information and support to parents who are suffering with grief as the result of the death of their child or children.
Healgrief.org - A site that provides the tools to create a virtual memorial for grieving individuals. Light a candle in honor of a loved one and download an application that enables you to capture precious memories.
Healing Through Grieving - Offers a sixteen-month program including workbooks and journal.
Hope for Bereaved - Independent, not-for-profit community organization dedicated to providing hope, support and services for the bereaved. Counseling, support services, and books for the grieving.
Journey of Hearts - A healing place in cyberspace created by a physician who combines medicine, psychiatry, poetry, prose and images to provide resources and support.
The Koby Mandell Foundation - A foundation to help others cope with the loss of a loved one, this site offers therapeutic programs and events for bereaved families and young people, stories, a newsletter and more.
MedlinePlus: Bereavement - Directory of press releases, articles, and factsheets.
Memories are Forever - Find ideas on preserving memories and paying tribute to a loved one who has died, and share those memories with others.
National Alliance for Grieving Children - Promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.
Open Heart Seminars - John E. Welshons' workshops, books, and tapes to help heal the grief of the loss of a loved one.
Phoenix Rising - Information and support for widows, widowers, and those who grieve over the death of a loved one. Features forum, advice, and personal stories.
The Rainbow - Hope, inspiration,and encouragement in the form of essays, photos and poems for anyone going through grief recovery.
The Sibling Connection - Offers support and resources for adults who lost a sibling during childhood or adolescence, including books, articles, general information, and bibliographies.
Something To Share - Compelling and inspirational articles, verses, and quotations dealing with loss, spirituality, and perspective.
Soras Corporation - Providing sympathy, death and dying relief, bereavement gifts, and inspirational messages.
Touching Souls; Healing with Bereavement Photography - Todd Hochberg - photographer, national lecturer and published author’s work acknowledges and supports bereaved parents experiencing their baby’s death while educating medical/grief professionals and the public about perinatal loss.