United States: National Support Programs
Actively Moving Forward (AMF), a HealGrief.org program*
1 in 3 college students experience the terminal illness or death of a family member or close friend. AMF is a grief support network connecting and empowering grieving young adults. These individuals support one another with peer-led grief support groups as well as participate in community service events in memory of their loved ones, and by doing so, they raise awareness about the needs of grieving young adults across the country. This program is currently “Actively Moving Forward” on campuses, coast-to-coast.
Created and supported by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth to restore hope, enhance self-esteem, and learn that they are not alone. There are 46 locations in the U.S. and Canada serving over 3600 grieving families each year. Moyerfoundation.org/CampErin
Experience Camps are one-week camps for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. It's a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, or forget the grief that weighs them down. It's a home away from home. And just about everyone will tell you..."It's the best week of the year". Camps are held in CA, GA, ME and NY.
The Moyer Foundation Resource Center – Helping Children and Families Thrive
Focused on continuing and expanding our support of children and families affected by grief and addiction, The Moyer Foundation has launched a comprehensive online library of carefully curated resources that provide the tools to navigate some of life’s most challenging experiences. With the expertise of hundreds of supportive partners, we are able to provide a personalized set of articles, videos, activities and referrals that explore grief, addiction, bullying, suicide, mindfulness, mental health, and much more. The Moyer Foundation Resource Center, accessed by website, email and phone, reflects the individual needs of each family and child that needs support. www.moyerfoundation.org/resources
910 Jackson Street
Golden, CO 80401
Outward Bound for Grieving Teens is a 7 day program that provides the opportunity for teens, ages 14 to 18, to experience specially crafted outdoor expeditions in beautiful wilderness areas across the United States. By combining personal growth methodologies of Outward Bound, with a simple support model that honors the griever, Outward Bound is able to deliver an intensely profound healing experience relevant to the lives of people who are coping with the death of a loved one.
Outward Bound for Grieving Teens is made possible by the generous support of our donors. Because of their generosity we are able to offer reduced tuition for all program participants. We are particularly grateful to our Leadership Sponsor, the New York Life Foundation.
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement*
University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work
1150 S Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
The NCSCB aims to promote an appreciation of the role schools can serve to support students, staff and families at times of crisis and loss; enhance the training of individuals in school-related professional education programs in these areas; and to serve as a resource for information, training materials, consultation and technical assistance for school systems, professional training programs, professional organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, communities, children's groups and projects in the areas of crisis and loss.
The Sanctuary - National Grief Support Network
The Sanctuary/The Liebman Group
30 Mohegan Road
Larchmont, New York 10538
With more than 25 years of experience in the field of Thanatology and childhood bereavement, The Sanctuary has evolved from a grief support/counseling program and grief education provider in the New York metropolitan area, into an extensive National Grief Support Network. This transition occurred organically, as a result of our on going collaboration with trusted grief educators & advocates, seasoned mental health practitioners, independent bereavement centers and camps, and thought leaders across the United States. As a result of these long-term relationships, we have the ability to quickly facilitate the grief support, counseling, education and outreach services needed by any family or community in crisis in all 50 states. Referrals are available in the NY/NJ/CT metro area as well as across the country.
Chicago, IL 60637
The purpose of SLAP'D is to connect teens online who have lost a parent, remind them that they are not alone, and to provide hope for the future, no matter how cliché that sentiment may sound. The three main components of SLAP'D work together to provide a space for teens to connect with their emotions and with those of others who have been in similar situations. These include a discussion forum, articles and interviews from experts and teens, and a personalized scrapbook where users can develop a memorial for their parent.
TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)*
3033 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201
(800) 959-TAPS (8277)
TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, connections to community-based care, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge.
Family Lives On
PO Box 494
Lionville, PA 19353
Family Lives On makes it possible for children and teens, whose mother or father has died, to continue traditions, or family activities, that they used to celebrate with their deceased parent, EVERY year until they turn 18. Parents embrace the Tradition Program because its family based and truly child focused. Children and teens embrace it because they get to select which tradition they want to continue (and are excited about doing so!). The average child chooses to remain in our program for 7.2 years. Family Lives On serves all children and teens, ages 3-18, regardless of race, gender, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, or cause of parent's death. Services are provided at no cost to the family and available anywhere in the United States.
Natalia's Endless Love
Natalia Theresa graced this earth with her beauty and smile for 10 short years. Yet, during her presence, she accomplished more than most in a lifetime....A special little girl with a huge heart who knew true love and more concerned with the well being of others, Natalia was blessed with a unique gift of making them feel special. It was as if she were a ray of light.. the sun.. Always a smile on her face, even during her most difficult of struggles, Natalia was a true model of pure love and grace, adept at using that quality to draw loved ones together. Natalia may not be here in presence but she undoubtedly continues to show the world from heaven how to unite hearts in her own special way through her Angels, Dolls, and Artwork and with her message that we all need to be MORE LOVING and MORE GIVING...
*NAGC Organizational Member