Loss, Grief, and Bereavement (cont.)

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Where can people get help?

AARP Grief and Loss Programs
Offers a variety of programs in which volunteers reach out to widows
601 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049
202-434-2260

American Society of Suicidology
202-237-2280

Cancer Care, Inc.
275 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
1-800-813-HOPE (4673)
http://www.cancercare.org

Center for Suicide Prevention
321202 Centre Street, S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2G5A5
403-245-3900
http://www.suicideinfo.ca

Compassionate Friends (help following a suicide)
1-877-969-0019

Coalition Against Police Brutality
220 Bagley, Suite 808
Detroit, MI 48226
Tel: 313-963-8116 or 313-399-7345
Email: admin@detroitcoalition.org

ElderHope, LLC
Offers online support, forums, seminars, classes, and bereavement materials
PO Box 940822
Plano, TX 75094-0822
972-768-8553

Hospice Foundation of America
1-800-854-3402
http://www.hospicefoundation.org

Hospice Education Institute
1-800-331-1620

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
1-800-438-MADD [6233]

National Cancer Institute

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Provides a search for hospice and palliative care, as well as statistics, resources, and information
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-837-1500

National Organization for Victim Assistance
1-800-879-6682

National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Resource Center
1-866-866-7437

Parents of Murdered Children
1-888-818-POMC

Parents Without Partners
Offers support, information, and resources for single parents
1650 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 510
Boca Raton, FL 33432
516-391-8833

Pet Loss
1-888-332-7738

Samaritan Hospice (Marlton, NJ)
Offers several free grief support groups to those who have lost a spouse at a young age and to those grieving the loss of a same-sex partner
1-800-229-8183
info@samaritanhospice.org

SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.
1-800-821-6819

Society of Military Widows
1-800-842-3451

The future

As researchers continue to examine the management of grief, the level of clarity about what is helpful and not helpful in helping the bereaved needs to be improved. Although hospital personnel have tended over the past decades to address the medical, legal, and emotional issues associated with the loss of a loved one, health-care professionals who work in clinics and private offices would serve their patients better if those issues were addressed long before a crisis of health or loss takes place.

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