How to find help

When dealing with the loss of a loved one, some survivors turn to community and psychological resources for help. Therapy, journaling, support of friends and family, and meeting other people who are going through a similar situation can also be effective ways of working through grief.

Local Resources

Your family or personal doctor can be helpful at this time in a number of ways. First, your doctor should have information about grief programs in your area that can be beneficial to you. Second, if you are interested in seeing a therapist or psychologist, your doctor can be an excellent referral source to help you find someone to work with. Mental health professionals have specialized training in helping people work through life issues such as death and dying. They can help you grieve in a way that is uniquely yours and provide support that meets your specific needs.

  • In most areas of the country, calling your local community information line may be helpful in locating various resources.

  • Local churches, support groups and wellness groups can lead you to people and groups within your community who might be able to help you.

  • You may want to consider contacting a local wellness institution or retreat center that offers grief support and programs.

Global Resources

There are numerous online community resources that you can use, from websites of health care providers, to those specifically geared toward helping people cope with depression and anxiety.

If your grief is difficult to work through on your own, never hesitate to reach out. Below are a few resources that may be of service. Additional resources and hotlines are available online.

National hotline resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1.800.273.8255

Crisis Text Line - Text DBSA to 741741. Text from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

National IMAlive Network - 1.800.442.4673

Emotional Listening Support - 1.800.932.4616

Support Groups

There are numerous types of support groups available. Your healthcare provider likely knows of support groups that can help you cope with grief. If you feel uncomfortable going through a healthcare provider for any reason, a support group run by other organizations are likely active in your community.

There are also many online-only support groups designed for people across the world to communicate and share their experiences with one another. Online groups can be advantageous as they can be attended right from your home, eliminating the need to go somewhere to get the help you need. There are a huge number of such sites available, but make sure to use one with qualified group leaders who are reputable and professional. GriefShare.org and DailyStrength.org are two well-known websites offering online support groups with qualified health practitioners to help you.