Grief and Bereavement

Emotional Support Information

AARP’s Coping with Grief and Loss Web Site
Information from the American Association of Retired Persons on grief, common reactions, and coping strategies.

AARP’s Widowed Person’s Service

601 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20049
(202) 434-2260
An outreach program in which trained widowed volunteers offer support to newly widowed persons in communities nationwide. Also offers free assistance and resources to communities who wish to develop WPS programs.

The Association for Death Education and Counseling
The Association for Death Education and Counseling is a multi-disciplinary professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in death education, bereavement counseling, and care of the dying.

Cancer Care
Cancer Care’s support for the bereaved. Provides information about grieving.
Online Bereavement support group.

Point of Hope Grief Counseling Center
Capital Caring 
2900 Telestar Court
Falls Church, VA 22042
This center provides counseling and referrals, weekly support groups, bereavement lecture series, camps for grieving children, and more to individuals grieving the loss of a loved one.

Hospice Net — Resources for the Grieving
A guide to grief, this site provides suggestions for getting through the holidays, special readings, and much more.

They Help Each Other Spiritually (THEOS)

717 Liberty Ave.
1301 Clark Bldg.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-7779
This is a national association assisting widowed persons of all ages and their families to rebuild their lives through mutual self-help.

To Live Again

P.O. Box 415
Springfield, PA 19064
“To Live Again” is a mutual help organization for widowed women and men supporting themselves through the grief cycle.

Tom Golden Website
Tom Golden, a licensed clinical social worker from Washington, DC and author of multiple books on the subject of grief and loss, presents his own website with articles, links, discussions, and workshop information.

Created for and by widows and widowers, WidowNet provides useful information for the grieving and lists some local support groups in MD, DC, and VA for those coping with the death of a spouse.

William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing
The William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization offering guidance, information, and support for people living with illness, loss, and bereavement. The Center counsels and supports adults, children, and families, Located right here in DC, the Center provides support groups and resources valuable in coping with the impact of cancer.

Books and Publications

  • Cushenbery, Donald C. and Rita C. Coping with Life after Your Mate Dies. Baker Books; July 1997, 112 pages.
  • Fumia, Molly, Safe Passage: Words to Help the Grieving Hold Fast and Let Go. Conari Press; August 1992,, 288 pages.
  • Golden, Thomas R. Stewarding Children’s Grief/Helping Families Heal Together. An excerpt from Swallowed by a Snake, available at
  • Golden, Thomas R. Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing. Golden Healing Publishing, LLC; February 2000, 165 pages.
  • Harris Ph.D., Maxine The Loss That Is Forever: The Lifelong Impact of the Early Death of a Mother or Father. E.P. Dutton; September 1995, 342 pages.
  • James, John W. and Friedman, Russell. The Grief Recovery Handbook – the Action Program For Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Losses. HarperTrade; June 1998, 173 pages.
  • Staudacher, Carol. Beyond Grief: A Guide for Recovering from the Death of a Loved One. New Harbinger Publications; April 1987, 264 pages.
  • Staudacher, Carol. Men and Grief: A Guide for Men Surviving the Death of a Loved One: A Resource for Caregivers and Mental Health Professionals. New Harbinger Publications; May 1991, 225 pages.
  • Wiersbe, Warren W. & David Wiersbe. Comforting the Bereaved. Moody Press: September 1985, 150 pages.
  • Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Susan, DeVries, Robert, DeVries, Bob. Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse. Baker Book House; January 1999, 208 pages.