Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is a positive first step in the grieving process. Family members and friends get a chance to say their goodbyes, and at the same time, they get to share strong feelings with one another.
In the days, weeks and months following the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement and guidance. For that reason, many local and national support groups have formed. These groups provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process. To learn more, click on the links below, or discuss grief counseling and support options with your funeral director.
General Grief Resources
WWW.FirstPresCranford.Org has a grief recovery program which is sponsored by The First Presbyterian Church in Cranford. Open to all faiths for any loss of any kind. It is a free service designed to walk you through your grief. Please call the church office at (908)-276-8440 or visit their website.
AARP Grief & Loss: a collection of resources and an on-line support community.
National Funeral Directors Association: Frequently Asked Questions about grief.
American Cancer Society - Support to cancer patients, family and friends.
Growth House - Discusses hospice care, dying with dignity, terminal illness, grief and bereavement.
Beyond Indigo: Death & Dying Grief Support - this site provides a wide range of grief related topics, a chat room, a message board, and links to related web sites.
GROWW.org - message boards, resource listings and secure chat rooms for the grieving.
WidowNet - an information and support resource for, and by, widows and widowers.
Fernside Online - an online resource for grieving children.
The Dougy Center - the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children. They provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief.