Finding a support group specific to your type of loss can make all the difference.
If you or someone that you love has suffered a loss we encourage you to try to locate a support group in your area. Many support groups are loss specific and can be helpful part of the bereavement process. Comfort can be found in other bereaved families who are facing the same loss and issues. In many cases, life long bonds and friendships are created in these close-knit groups.
We suggest that, to find a local in-person support group that fits your loss, you start your search by searching for the TYPE of loss and your specific LOCATION on an online search engine such as Google.
Below are some links to national groups that can be helpful to finding a support group, followed by some links to online support groups. At the bottom of this page, you can find links to a few groups that are local to us in the Portland, OR area.
National Support Groups and Agencies
The Compassionate Friends
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. Site includes a chapter locator for finding a local group in your city.
SHARE Organization (National)http://www.nationalshare.org
The services provided by SHARE are available, free of charge, to bereaved parents as well as to their family and friends. SHARE is a tax-deductible, non-profit group. Services include bi-monthly newsletters and support groups. This website has listings and links for local SHARE groups in your area.
A non-profit 501(c)3 international organization providing immediate and ongoing support to grieving families, helping them to empower themselves by proactive community involvement and volunteerism, and reducing infant and toddler death through research and education.
GriefShare groups meet in churches (Protestant and Catholic) throughout the world. Over 9,000 churches participate in this program. A GriefShare group is typically designed around a 13-week grief support group/video series and is specifically for those who grieve the death of a loved one.
Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
POMC Chapters hold monthly meetings, and provide support, advocacy and court accompaniment. Many POMC Chapters publish their own newsletters and have designed and implemented special programs to meet the needs of survivors in their area. Chapters can be found nationwide.
Online Support Groups
Grief & Healing Discussion Page
An interactive web site with online grief discussion chat and helpful resources.
Sidelines National Support Networkhttp://www.sidelines.org/
A network of support groups around the U.S. for women with complicated and "high risk" pregnancies.
The Compassionate Friends Parent Chat Networkhttp://www.compassionatefriends.org/
A network of chat rooms specifically for bereaved parents, siblings and family members. A schedule of chat times can be found on the main web site.
Portland Oregon and surrounding areas:
The Compassionate Friends - Portland Chapterhttp://www.portlandtcf.org/
The Mission of the Compassionate Friends is to assist families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and to provide information to help others be supportive. Site includes a chapter locater for other cities in Oregon.
Willamette Valley Hospicehttp://www.wvh.org/
Located in Salem, Oregon, WVH offers grief support groups to those ages 5+ in the cities of Salem, Dallas, Stayton, Silverton, and Woodburn throughout the year. A list of upcoming grief support groups can be found on their website. Contact Willamette Valley Hospice at 503.588.3600 or 800.555.2431 for more information on their drop-in groups, grief activities, including Camp Mighty Oaks, a summer camp for grieving children and their families.
Brief Encounters (Infant Loss)
Parents of infant Loss, Pregnancy Loss and Early Pregnancy Loss. All Meetings are held at the Peace House; 2116 NE 18th Ave, Portland. For more information or directions please call (503) 699-8006. Please visit the Brief Encounters web site for more information and meeting times.