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. There are also a number of national and local support groups that provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process.
General Grief Resources
AARP Grief & Loss: a collection of resources and an on-line support community.
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.
National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center - provides research, education, and support for families dealing with SIDS.
Bereaved Parents USA - a nationwide organization designed to aid and support bereaved parents and their families.
The Compassionate Friends - supports families who have experienced the death of a child.
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.