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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


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
Offers information to professionals and families about caregiving, terminal illness, loss and bereavement.


2001 S Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
(202)628-5419 or 1-800-854-3402


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


Parents Without Partners
Offers support, information and resources for single parents.


1650 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 510
Boca Raton, FL 33432
(516)391-8833


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


Society of Military Widows/National Association of Uniformed Services, Inc.
Offers information and support to military widows.


5535 Hempstead Way
Springfield, VA 22151
(703)750-1342


WidowNet
Information and self-help resources for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery and other information helpful to people, of all ages, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.


RELATED BOOKS


A Decembered Grief: Living with Loss While Others are Celebrating
Harold Ivan Smith. Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, 1999.


Doors Close, Doors Open: Widows, Grieving and Growing
Morton Lieberman. Putnam, 1996.


I'm Grieving As Fast As I Can: How Young Widows and Widowers Can Cope and Heal
Linda Feinberg. New Horizon Press, 1994.


Letters to My Husband
Fern Field Brooks. Career Press, 1995.


Widow to Widow: Thoughtful, Practial Ideas for Rebuilding Your Life
Genevieve Davis Gisburg. Fisher Books, 1999.


Widowing: Surviving the First Year
Jane Krimbill and Nancy Brown. Magoo Ltd. Midland, 1995.


SUPPORT GROUPS


"Coping with the Holidays" Program at the Upper Main Line YMCA
1416 Berwyn-Paoli Road, Berwyn


(610)647-9622


To Live Again (T.L.A.) National mutual help organization covering the greater Delaware Valley for widowed women and men supporting one another through the grief cycle. Including monthly meetings, social programs and chapter development assistance, Reach-out program for newly bereaved, Newsletter.


(610)353-7740


The Widow and Widower Support Group for all ages at the Kaiserman Branch of the JCC in Wynnewood meets 2-3 Wednesdays/month, September to November and March to June.


Contact: Sandra King @ (610)869-5720


The Young Widow and Widower Support Group at the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, PA meets two Tuesdays/month, September through June.


Contact: Sandra King @ (610)869-5720


TO FIND A GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP


Listing of Widow/Widower Support Groups in Pennsylvania
www.fortnet.org/WidowNet/support_groups/PA.html


Listing of national widow/widowers support group organizations and how to contact them.
www.about.com/library/blwid.htm


or you can:

  • Call your telephone operator and ask for the numbers for your local mental health association and your local suicide prevention center. Both types of agency have good grief referral lists. You need not be suicidal to get a grief referral from a suicide prevention center. Also check with your faith community.
  • Use the Yellow Pages and call hospitals and hospices near you. Ask to speak with the Bereavement Coordinator, Social Worker, or Chaplain's Office to get a local grief referral. Many hospitals and hospices provide grief support to clients for up to one year following a death and offer groups to the general public.