Organizations that Support People During Grief and Loss
Disclaimer: Attitudes toward bereavement work expressed by the groups listed below do not necessarily represent those of FAR.

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Bo's Place. "Bo’s Place exists to enhance the lives of those who have experienced the death of a loved one."

"Bo’s Place is a non-profit, free-of-charge bereavement center offering multiple grief support services for children, families, and adults in their grief journey, and provides education and resources for those who assist people in grief.

"Bo’s Place was founded and operates on the belief that it is helpful and healing for grieving children and adults to share their stories, memories, experiences, thoughts, and feelings with other grieving children and adults. Bo’s Place offers the only free on-going grief support program in the greater Houston area for children and their families.

"Part of the operating philosophy at Bo’s Place is:

* Grief is a natural reaction to the death of a loved one.

* The duration and intensity of grief are unique for each individual.

* In a safe and supportive environment, people have a natural capacity to heal.

* Moving through the grief journey is not about letting go; it is about finding ways to incorporate memories of the deceased and their legacy into one’s life so that over time the loss is less painful.

* Essential to the work of Bo’s Place is a guiding belief that the support group environment can be a source of empathy, understanding and encouragement to grieving children, adults, and their families during a very difficult time in their lives.

"Bo’s Place began in 1990 as a grief support Information & Referral Line, providing callers with free grief resources and support contacts in the greater Houston area. In 1995, Bo’s Place located to a home in Houston’s Museum District and expanded its services to include grief support groups for children and their families thereby fulfilling the critical need for a program dedicated to meeting needs of grieving children. Today, Bo’s Place remains Houston’s oldest and only on-going, free-of-charge, grief support program for children."

Contact Info: 10050 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX  77054; Pone: (713) 942-8339; FAX: (713) 942-2252 Email: info@bosplace.org


Camp Ray of Hope. "A weekend retreat held annually for those who have lost someone they love."

"Camp Ray Of Hope was founded in 1995 to give grieving families a place to come together and learn new ways to cope with their loss, to meet others with similar circumstances to remember special times, to make new friends, and to have fun. This...program is a weekend retreat for grieving families and single people. Children and adults spend group time with their peers and doing activiites with their own family members. Mini workshops throughout the weekend offer opportunities to learn new coping and self care techniques."

"Children write stories about their loved ones, draw pictures, participate in arts & crafts, and go on nature hikes. They also learn healthy outlets for anger and self care techniques. Adults of all ages spend time with other adults in a group setting as well as joining the children in some activities. Workshops offered on Saturday afternoon include fishing and canoeing, crafts to express your creativity or preserve memories, and self-care options. Childcare is available on site for infants and toddlers."

"Camp Ray Of Hope takes place annually, the third weekend of September, at Camp Mechuwana on 'The Narrows', in Winthrop, Maine."

The camp is operated by the Hospice Volunteers of the Waterville Area, in Maine.

Contact Info: 304 Main Street, P.O. Box 200, Waterville, Maine 04903 Phone: 207-873-3615 FAX: 207-873-5094 Email: hospiceinfo@hvwa.org


Center for Loss and Trauma. "Traumatic experiences can change us forever. Traumatic loss and death often affect a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and even spiritual well-being.

"The Center for Loss and Trauma (CLT) is located in both Sedona, Arizona and in North Phoenix-Tramanto-Anthem, Arizona and specializes in providing counseling services to those affected by traumatic experiences, death, grief, and various types of loss. Dr. Cacciatore is a highly specialized bereavement and trauma therapist, researcher, and expert in the field of thanatology with a fellowship from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Dr. Melissa Delgado has extensive experience working with individuals and families who have experienced chronic illness, abuse, and other traumatic experiences.

"The mission of the Center for Loss and Trauma is to C.A.R.E.

"We provide highly specialized and expert counseling to those affected by traumatic loss so that they can discover ways to cope; advocate with others so they may find hope, healing, and happiness in the aftermath of trauma; provide a place where compassionate research can occur; educate individuals and society at large about the experiences of the bereaved; and, finally to walk with the bereaved as they transcend their former place in the world."

To schedule a counseling appointment in Sedona, Arizona or Phoenix, Arizona, please contact (928) 554-4394 or (623) 979-1000 or email Dr_Joanne@me.com


The Compassionate Friends. "Grief Support After the Death of a Child"

“The Compassionate Friends is about transforming the pain of grief into the elixir of hope. It takes people out of the isolation society imposes on the bereaved and lets them express their grief naturally. With the shedding of tears, healing comes. And the newly bereaved get to see people who have survived and are learning to live and love again.” —Simon Stephens, founder of 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.

"The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees. The secret of TCF's success is simple: As seasoned grievers reach out to the newly bereaved, energy that has been directed inward begins to flow outward and both are helped to heal. The vision of The Compassionate Friends is that everyone who needs us will find us and everyone who finds us will be helped."

Street Address: The Compassionate Friends, 900 Jorie Blvd. Suite 78, Oak Brook, IL  60523 Postal Address: The Compassionate Friends, P.O. Box 3696, Oak Brook, IL  60522 Phone: (877) 969-0010 (toll-free); (630) 990-0010 Fax: (630) 990-0246 Hours: 9am – 5pm M-F CST


An offering of LOVE from a physician Creative Healing: Integrating Spirituality and Health

"True healing is a result of the creative power of LOVE. True healing is actually a yielding to higher spiritual wisdom, an awareness of a purpose or meaning beyond the obvious. True healing can lead to dramatic changes in mind and spirit, even when physical illness remains unchecked. True healing requires an opening of the heart to LOVE and a sharing of creative wisdom."

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D., received her medical training at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed Family Practice Residency at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, UT. Following residency she pursued a one-year Fellowship in Psychiatry at the University of Utah. and has spent most of her 25 year career working with patients who are low-income, terminally ill or nursing home residents. Dr. Wyatt is interested in spirituality and applying Integral Medicine concepts to the care of hospice patients and the medically underserved. Her work addresses issues such as:

Spiritual Needs of the Dying
Loss and Alzheimer's Disease
Finding Spiritual Treasure in the Tragedy of Illness
Meeting the Spiritual Needs of Nursing Home Patients
Aging and the Spiritual Path
Coping with Grief and Loss
Surviving Suicide

Mission Statement

I believe that LOVE is the most powerful force in the Universe and is a manifestation of the DIVINE.

I believe that LOVE can be the source of CREATIVE inspiration that can lead to HEALING of our wounds and spiritual transformation.

Because I have been given the gift of storytelling and writing, I will use those talents to bring a CREATIVE HEALING presence to this planet and all LIFE.

I commit to maintaining my own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health in order to be a clear channel for DIVINE inspiration and LOVE through my writing.

Vision

I envision CREATIVE HEALING energy flowing through me and out to all the broken, wounded and painful places that are now awaiting this healing.

I envision receiving an abundance of the Infinite Energy of the Divine in all its forms to enable me to continue on and on in this flow of CREATIVE HEALING until my work is finished.

In her practice, Dr. Wyatt makes use of several modalities, under the aegis of Integral medicine, including: - Deep Breathing - LovingKindness Blessing - Tonglen - Intercessory Prayer - Forgiveness - Reframing - Sacred Pilgrimage - Emotional Freedom Technique.

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Dr. Wyatt is available to work with individuals either by telephone or Skype as a personal guide for the healing journey. To schedule a personal consultation, please email her from the following form: Email Karen M. Wyatt, MD.


Domus Pacis Family Respite "Domus Pacis is Latin for House of Peace"

Mission: "The Mission of the Domus Pacis Family Respite is to offer individuals, who have suffered a traumatic medical event, a homelike environment that encourages interaction with other family members and caregivers in a comfortable and peaceful surrounding. The Domus Pacis Family Respite will provide appropriate housing, logistics and support allowing the entire family to participate in a special get-away."

"Domus Pacis Family Respite encourages cancer patients, their families and friends to escape to the beauty of the mountains and experience the peace that comes from creating joyful memories for the people they most cherish.

"The Domus Pacis Family Respite, a Breckenridge, Colorado based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has the potential to make a difference in the lives of numerous families every year. Our goal is to conquer the logistical hurdles necessary to bring a family, including the member experiencing a traumatic illness, together.

"The Domus Pacis Family Respite program relies on the use of donated resort homes, as well as the giving nature of volunteers. The Board of Directors designated Summit County in Colorado as the initial respite community; the hosting of families began in June, 2008."

Escape... "Very few people will be untouched by cancer. Cancer is a disease that shatters normalcy...in your thoughts, conversations, interactions and expectations. With the awareness that cancer is a disease with far reaching effects, a variety of support programs have sprung up. Most programs support the patient physically, emotionally and spiritually. Others assist the caregivers in understanding the needs of the patient. The common focus is on understanding cancer.

"What remain untouched are the needs of the circle supporting and affected by the illness of a loved one. The purpose of the Domus Pacis Family Respite is to begin addressing those needs...primarily, the need to briefly escape from a life of cancer. It is our belief that by providing a carefree family vacation, a much needed harmony begins to flourish. Healing begins on many levels within all participants.

"Given the time consuming nature of cancer treatment, the commitment to organizing a family get-away may be a low priority. Most of us are unsure about traveling with an ailing loved one. The additional financial stress may not allow most families to even dream that getting away has any possibility.

"Domus Pacis Family Respite, Inc. of Summit County, Colorado can help make that dream a reality."

Mailing Address: Domus Pacis Family Respite, Inc., P.O. Box 3366, Breckenridge, CO  80424 Phone: (970) 547-4745 Email: Director@domuspacis.org

Mailing List: To be included on the Domus Pacis Family Respite mailing list, please provide your personal contact information in an email to: Director@domuspacis.org


Everlife Memorials. "Our mission at Everlife Memorials is to provide a line of memorial products with the best possible value and the highest level of customer satisfaction without the pressures associated when dealing with a salesperson. We are committed to providing our customers with 24/7 access, a line of products to meet their needs, and the information necessary to make an informed purchase."

Learn about headstones, urns, cremation, pet memorials and memorializing a loved one. This site has many informative articles as well as high-quality Products. A member of the Better Business Bureau.

Contact Info: Everlife Memorials, 5233 IH 37, Suite C-14, Corpus Christi, TX  78408 Phone: (800) 2933778 (Toll-free); or (361) 852-6868


GROWW: Grief Recovery Online "Welcome to GROWW, an independent haven for the bereaved developed by the bereaved - OUR PLACE.

"Here, on GROWW, you will find your partners in pain sharing their experience and strength. We have message boards, resource listings and secure chat rooms hosted by the most loving people on the internet for all who are grieving.

"The pain from losing a loved one, whether spouse, child, parent, sibling or friend, can be the most severe suffering one ever endures. Such is the power of grief. It can take over your life and become the centerpiece pushing everything else to the side or to the back. The pain can be overpowering, all consuming and incapacitating. It is agonizing. It is transient. It is NORMAL. Everyone’s grief is unique and everyone’s grief is the same. Death is a friend to no one.

"What is GROWW? It's a place where peer groups in an online chatroom environment teaches that you have "permission to grieve". A place where you learn that the emotions you can't understand are seen in a "mirror image" of someone describing exactly what you are going through, and you say to yourself, "that's ME they are describing". So you learn you are not crazy - that the thoughts of the death that consumes you from the moment you wake from sleep that finally comes after endless waking hours, till night falls and the struggle for sleep comes again. It's a place where you find that every word you heard and could not believe yourself, suddenly are spoken to someone you see that is in pain and you realize, 'that's ME talking. ....now it becomes a place where you have learned that by receiving the support and understanding that helped you get through the pain (of losing a loved one) you are now helping someone who is where you have been. It's a place where you CAN recover from the overwhelming pain of grief. It’s a place of belonging.

"Some of us know that death is so tragic and yet we must go through the pains of overcoming the tragedy. But that life is too precious to let this make our lives become a tragedy. We have to face what has happened and find a way to bless our future by remembering the blessings we had because of what we shared with those we lost. And all the good things past become better things future because we have learned to cherish them and grow from them and pass them on to all who affect our lives. As long as we can hold the promise that they are not lost from us forever, not gone from us completely, we can learn to live with peace in our hearts knowing they are watching over us always. We can't touch them or see them, but we can always feel them in our hearts and our spirit."


Heartache to Healing. "Heartache To Healing offers a safe place to share. WHEN you are ready and open to learn from those who have walked this journey before you, I offer understanding and the acknowledgement of what you are experiencing." - JoAnne Funch

"Heartache to Healing was founded to offer true heartfelt grief support for those dealing with loss, grieving and bereavement. Heartache To Healing was founded by JoAnne Funch who shares her own personal story of loss and how she healed from the pain of sorrow. She is now committed to helping others walk their journey of grief offering compassionate grief support, workshops, online chat forum, and a variety of grief support products. JoAnne speaks to groups about a variety of grief subjects as well as businesses about how to become a more compassionate employer"

* Heal your grieving heart
* Share your story of loss & know you are not alone
* Overcome sadness and find joy again
* Grieving is as individual as we are
* Learn to be open to your loss
* Have a willingness to heal while exploring feelings

To contact JoAnne Funch for speaking engagements, personal coaching or any comments or suggestions for the grieving community; P.O. Box 92, St Michael, MN;  55376 Phone: (763) 497-1779 or Email: joanne@heartachetohealing.com


Hope Hospice Grief Support Programs. "Hospice is a special kind of care designed to provide comfort and support to people who are facing a life-limiting illness. What makes hospice care unique is that it provides support not only to individuals but their entire family. This type of healthcare focuses on caring and comforting, not curing. It offers choices, helps preserve dignity and seeks to maintain the highest quality of life."

Grief Support: "Hope provides adult grief support groups for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Meetings are conducted by professional counselors. After a short presentation, group participants are invited to share what they have been feeling, thinking and doing. Through the Mending Steps bereavement groups, participants may develop or sharpen coping, break down feelings of isolation, discover new insights, and discuss loss with others facing similar circumstances. Our counselors have specialized knowledge in helping individuals cope with grief issues related to change or loss."

"Rainbow Trails is a free day program for children and their families who are coping with a life-limiting illness - or the recent loss of a loved one. Rainbow Trails provides:"

* An understanding of the grief process
* Skills to cope with grief and loss
* An opportunity to memorialize and say good-bye to their loved one"

Office Locations Throughout Florida Phone: (239) 482-4673 or (800) 835-1673 Email: email@hopehcs.org.


It Won't Happen to Me. "Our goal is not only to reduce the number of teen deaths in car crashes but to change the mind set of teens and their parents that tragedies like this can happen to anyone."

"It is the mission and goal of It Won’t Happen to Me to educate teens and their parents the reality of inexperience and unsafe driving habits. Far too many teens are released on the roads without having adequate education, training and most of all time behind the wheel. It Won’t Happen to Me portrays the lives of teens whose lives were shortened due to teen driving related motor vehicle crashes. It is our hope that by relating how these tragedies affected family and friends the reader will take a more serious attitude in their driving and the parents of teens will take educating their teen more seriously. Teen driving related car crashes are the number one cause of deaths in this country. It is our goal to bring about public awareness of this SILENT TRAGEDY occurring in this country. In doing this we believe the loss of so many teens can be dramatically reduced.

"Speaking Engagements: We spread this message primarily through presentations to Schools, Churches, Jewish Community Centers, Civic Organizations and Court Systems. It is very appropriate for assemblies prior to HOME COMING, SPRING BREAK, PROM and GRADUATION. Our presentations consists of a stirring video set to contemporary music, a discussion of specific case studies, and analysis and recommendations of the bad decisions that caused these crashes and Q&A. In a gymnasium filled with thousands of teenagers, you can hear a pin drop. Call us to see about having us speak at your school or organization. Parents are encouraged to attend presentations where possible.

"Our Book: We have also created a book that focuses on the reality of what can happen to inexperienced young drivers and how it affects family and friends. This book is moving and makes the reader think about his or her driving habits. Parents have allowed us to share the stories of their loss in hopes that other teens won't make the same decisions or choices their teen made. This book is designed to reach students of all socio-economic groups, races and religions. Any teenager in the country is able to pick up the book and find someone who has been killed in a car crash that looks like a friend or themselves.

"Teens Remembered Project: We along with the Joshua Foundation have developed a web site which list teens by state. If you or someone you know who has lost a teenage son or daughter due to a teen driving related accident please let us know or have them contact us so we can put their teen on this website so that they will not be forgotten. Even if they have their own web site we will put them up with a link to their site. Please visit www.teensremembered.org."


KOPE Associates has published books on recovery, including, Mourning Has Broken, A Collection of Creative Writing about Grief and Healing, by Mara Koven and Liz Pearl.

"This unique anthology contains 50 original submissions that focus on healing from the pain of losing a loved one. This inspirational book will make you smile and it will make you cry ... it will always make you choose life. Mourning Has Broken is co-edited by Liz Pearl, a psychogeriatric therapist and Mara Koven, a recently widowed journalist. The contributing authors share their experiences, thoughts and feelings invoking in the readers, tears, laughs, comfort and solace. The authors express their inner strength and insights about coping and healing. Among the renowned authors are Dr. Bob Baugher, Andrea Gambill, Reverend Dr. Richard Gilbert, Rabbi Dr. Earl Grollman, Dr. Darcie Sims, Alicia Sims Franklin and noted Canadian bereavement psychiatrist Dr. Edward Pakes."

Review of "mourning Has Broken": A Publication of the Healthcare Chaplaincy
March 5, 2008
Book Review
Rev. Dorothy Shelly

Perhaps everyone has a story that could touch your heart - the many stories that make up Mourning Has Broken deeply touched mine. Page after page, the inspiring stories of grief are full of riches. I affirm the foreword comments of Alan D. Wolfelt, grief specialist, "The stuff of healing is story writing and storytelling. Tell the story of the death and you begin to acknowledge it. Tell it 10 times and you begin to let it enter your heart. Tell it over and over again and you find it becoming a part of who you are."

Koven, with a background in social services and journalism, and Pearl, with a background in expressive art therapy and psycho geriatric therapy, have put together a marvelous collection of 50 first-person stories of wisdom and insight from various authors about healing after the loss of a loved one. Both editors deeply believe in the creative healing process of writing and have compiled this anthology of hope after they experienced the challenging journey through the pain of grief.

Chapter headings include: "Poetry, Writing & Journaling," "Refreshment Break," "Narrative Essays, Letters, and Mixed Formats." As a poet and critic of that trade, I found the poetry to be soul-awakening. It was a foretaste of what was to come as each writer seemed unafraid to grapple with and honestly confront the raw emotions of grief. Whatever the format, these personal narratives are a blessing to the reader whether presently experiencing grief or journeying with another in the healing process.

Mourning Has Broken is a perfect pick for pastoral care providers and I have a hunch it will be a resource tool that will frequently be taken down from my bookshelf.

Rev. Dorothy Shelly, BCC, RN, is a long-term care chaplain at Phoebe Richland Health Care Center, Richlandtown, PA. She is Vice President of the United Church of Christ Professional Chaplains and Counselors and is a poet and author of "Anybody See My Shoes? Poetic Reflections From A Chaplain."


KotaPress. Kota Loss and Compassion Journal

KotaPress Mission Statement: "The mission of this organization is to provide grief support to bereaved parents and those who care for them after the death of a child."

Please note: We are not affiliated with any company or website that discriminates against bereaved families by recognizing only "children who lived after birth" or some other kind of line in the sand. We provide support to any family regardless of the cause of the child's death: miscarriage, stillbirth, neo natal, SIDS, SADS, accident, suicide, homicide, disease, etc. If you have been hurt by a company that has discriminated against your child because they "did not live long enough" or some such fake "qualification," then please be assured, you have found a safe space with us! We will not ask that your children "qualify" for anything before their lives and deaths are honored.

Means to an End: We founded KotaPress after the death of our son Dakota in 1999. We both work as commercial artists; Hawk doing photography through KotaGraph.com; and Kara doing Grief & Arts Coaching through MotherHenna.com. Much of our commercial work is the means by which we fund the heart of our outreach here at KotaPress proper. Any book you purchase, class you take, private session you schedule, or other contribution you make toward any of our work helps in some part and parcel with the costs of KotaPress. From print run books to maintaining storage space and bandwidth for the site; from materials & postage for carepackets to Mrs. Duck project development; from outreach time to site updates -- all of this is made possible by your contributions to the press and toward any commercial services you choose.

KotaPress Objectives
The goals for our mission are:

* To keep our print and electronic materials available as educational tools for those exploring the grief path creatively

* To increase education and awareness about Thanatology (study of death and dying with an emphasis on the ethics of grief) and the uses of Creativity and Transformational Art for audiences such as bereaved families, professionals, students, and volunteer caregivers in the fields of Western & alternative medicine, social work, nursing, midwifery, clergy, coaching, art & poetry therapy, hospice, grief support, and academia

* To provide a communal resource space for artists, parents, and caregivers to seek and provide information about the grieving process

* To offer a home for heART works created while on the transformational path of grief

Range of Services
Print media outreach:

* The Mrs. Duck Project is providing free copies of the original grief storybook Mrs. Duck and The Woman to bereaved families around the world in both the English & Spanish languages.

* This same Project is now also providing free PDF ebook version, fully print-ready, of the Expanded Mrs. Duck and The Woman book offering the story plus support articles aimed at parents and professional caregivers.

* A variety of books with a focus on grief and healing such as Flash of LIfe, Bone Marrow Boogie, and more.

Electronic Outreach:

* KOTA: Knowing Ourselves Thru Art Blog for bereavement support and any issues secondary to the death of a child

* KOTA: Knowing Ourselves Thru Art eZine, exploring grief & creativity

* "A Different Kind of Parenting: a zine for parents whose children have died" filling the gap in service left by regular parenting magazines who ignore issues of bereaved parenthood and life after the death of a child

* Dictionary of Loss, created originally by lexicographer Kara L.C. Jones as a way to create language for addressing the realities of bereaved parenthood

* An eBookshop for our publish on demand materials provided via Lulu.

Empowerment Consultations:

* Home Workshops

* One-on-One and small group Grief Coaching sessions

* In-person Sacred Events, Presentations, and Workshops

Commercial Services:

* Henna BodyArt Retreats & Private Sessions

* Photography

* Custom Web Design

All together, these diverse products and services work to support our mission.

Snail Mail: KotaPress, PO Box 514, Vashon, WA  98070 Phone: (206) 251-6706 Email


Memory-Of. "As part of the Library of Life, Memory-of.com is an easy-to-use, friendly tool letting you create and maintain a rich memorial website, which will be the focal point of a community that keeps your loved one's memory alive. It lets you cherish your loved one and share the memories forever."

"What is a Memorial Website? Memorial Websites are a beautiful and powerful way to honor a lost loved one. Personalized with eulogies, condolences, candles, photos, music and more, these websites are a permanent way to share memories with family and friends from anywhere in the world. Features include:

* Biography - Write their life story and highlight major events and experiences

* Tributes & Condolences - Friends and family can leave messages and prayers of love

* Photo Albums - Upload and collect up to 300 captioned photos to share

* Audio & Video Clips - Host up to 15 songs and videos to remember them by

* Candles - Guests can visit and light virtual candles with short notes attached

* Family Tree - Link generations together and explore their ancestry

"How can others access the Memorial Website? Each Memorial Website is assigned a unique internet address which includes the deceased’s name (john-smith.memory-of.com, for example). Once you create a Memorial Website, share its address with family and friends so they can access it directly.

"Who edits and updates the Memorial Website? When you create the Memorial Website you will be asked to enter your email address and choose a password, which gives you exclusive access to the management section. From there you can add, change or delete anything that you, or anyone else, has uploaded to the Memorial Website. Visitors to the Memorial Website can add content, such as tributes or candles, but you will have the sole ability to alter or remove anything that is added, as well as the ability to block anyone you don’t wish to visit the website."


M.E.N.D. "M.E.N.D. (Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death) is a Christian, non-profit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death. We publish free bi-monthly newsletters, hold two commemorative ceremonies each year, and host a variety of support groups in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We also have chapters in Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma; including five additional Texas chapters in Amarillo, Bryan/College Station, the Hill Country (Fredericksburg), Houston and Texarkana."

"MEND provides several venues of support to the grieving family. This includes global support the World Wide Web on the Internet, global support through the mailing of printed monthly newsletters, and local support in select areas where individual MEND support group chapters have been formed." MEND publishes books and a newsletter, hosts family memorial pages, lists infant loss organizations and infant loss websites, offers keepsake items, and comforting songs.

"We invite you to contact us and provide us with your stories, feedback, suggestions, and any requests. We are here to 'comfort you with the comfort we have received from God... If you have resources of comfort you would like to share, please let us know. We desire to be of help in any way possible."

Mailing Address: MEND, P.O. Box 1007, Coppell, TX  75019 Phone: (972) 506-9000 Email: rebekah@mend.org


Mini Ministers "Miniature horses visiting the disabled and elderly."

"Since June of 2005, Valerie Bullock and her 'Mini Ministers,' Chief Red Cloud and Little Red Man, have visited 150 facilities, including Assisted Living centers, special care and skilled nursing homes, homes for the disabled, and Alzheimer care centers.

"Each visit brings to mind forgotten memories, and the words to describe them. Sometimes just a smile tells us we've made a connection to a memory from long ago.

"We visit in large rooms, small rooms and private apartments. We visit folks who need assistance with a walker, those who are wheelchair bound and many who can never leave their beds. But each time the results are the same. Lots of wonderful stories from the past... 'I rode a pony to school' 'My parents farmed with horses.' 'Can I pet them?' But the biggest reward are the words, 'I REMEMBER!' ...... and that is why we go visiting......

"It is said, Once a horse person, always a horse person.' It does not matter how young or old we horse people are, from 9 to 90, there is something about the feel of a horse, their special smell, their soft noses, that is sorely missed if we cannot have contact on a regular basis.

"Mini Ministers Inc, is a registered nonprofit corporation in the State of Colorado. To contact Mini Ministers, schedule a visit, make a donation, or just to talk about what we do, you can Email us at miniministers.vb@gmail.com or Call 720-989-7879."


The MISS Foundation. "...If you are a family member experiencing the death of a child, we extend our deepest empathy. There simply are not words to express the depth of the sorrow...we are here to share the pain and we want you to know that we will walk with you."

"The MISS Foundation is a 501 (c) 3, volunteer based organization committed to providing crisis support and long term aid to families after the death of a child from any cause. MISS also participates in legislative and advocacy issues, community engagement and volunteerism, and culturally competent, multidisciplinary, education opportunities."

"There is so much to learn and see in the MISS Foundation website. In addition to the online support site, we also have face-to-face support groups in certain areas. The "Families" section contains current and back issues of our award-winning newsletter, MISSing Angels, as well as our online support groups, a place to find face-to-face support or information on beginning your own MISS Foundation Support Chapter, and even a downloadable funeral planner. The online "Forums" contain 27 online support groups with thousands of members and we welcome you to join our online community. In our professionals section,there is information on our workshops and speakers available to present in your facility about many topics relating to child death."

Vision: "That our programs will serve to strengthen families and communities when a child has died, and that through education and research, we will help to reduce the number of child deaths. No family should have to endure the pain of a child family member's death alone: The MISS Foundation is committed to building interdisciplinary communities that provide long-term support to families after a child's death. We are committed to the memory of the children who lived, who died, and who continue- even in death- to matter."

International Office: (623) 979-1000; (623)-979-1001 (Fax); 888-455-MISS Written Inquiries: P.O. Box 5333, Peoria, AZ 85385-5333 Email: info@missfoundation.org


Mother Henna "Grief & Creativity: heART Coaching for learning to live life again after a major loss"



"When a major loss happen, the trauma can change the ways we think, see the world, prioritize what is meaningful to us. Maybe you feel you need more time, but the world seems impatient? Maybe you have a lot more grieving to do, but others are demanding you get to acceptance now? In the changes, maybe you feel the major loss was just the first, and now other losses keep coming and you don't know why? Has the loss changed what you feel called to do in this world? heART Coaching can help you re-create and learn new skills for thriving again after loss!"

Click here to see some examples of heART healing radical creativity, and Mother Henna's wonderful henna art.

"Retreat Days: Our facilitated Retreat Days can include any of the following: Intuitive, improvised, henna design; Spot Reiki and/or Tapping; Tea, coffee, pot-luck & shared snacks for half day retreats, or catered lunch for full day retreats; Art-making; Grief & Creativity group; Non-denominational ritual; Guided visualization & meditation; Readings with 1,000 Faces deck."

"Blog: Mother Henna posts regularly on her blog with heART updates, how-to's, meditations, artist collaborations and more. Below is rss feed of the 5 latest posts. To see the full blog, visit: MotherHenna.blogspot.com."

National Next of Kin Registry (NOKR). "The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) was established as a FREE tool for daily emergencies and national disasters.

"NOKR is your emergency contact system to help if you or your family member is missing, injured or deceased. NOKR is the central depository for Emergency Contact information in the United States plus 87 other countries. (See NOKR's network of volunteers). NOKR is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to bridging rapid emergency contact information. NOKR was established in January 2004, for daily emergency situations.

"NOKR provides the public a free proactive service to store your emergency contacts, next of kin and vital medical information that would be critical to emergency response agencies. Stored information is only accessible via a secure area that is only accessible by emergency public trust agencies that have registered with NOKR.

"NOKR encourages every township, county, municipality, city, state and nation to take ownership of the NOKR. This resource belongs to you, your citizens and to your emergency agencies. NOKR is your trusted safe guarding organization for all personal emergency contacts worldwide. NOKR does not own the information we store, this information belongs to the registrants and is made available securely to registered emergency agencies during times of urgent need. NOKR is the protector of this vital bridging resource to reconnect individuals and families after urgent events.


Kimberly Rex, MS - Windows to the Heart Repatterning."A Resonance Repatterning® session quickly gets to the heart of any issue which might be keeping you from the Life you have dreamed about having.

"Whether you need support with communicating with another, improving relationships, wanting insight, enhancing creativity, losing weight, creating a greater sense of abundance or wellness, this process creates extraordinary outcomes."

"With over 75 different protocols with varying content, a Resonance Repatterning session works with the specifics of what a person brings to the session. An average session takes 60-90 minutes, however there are some which take more or less time.

Kimberly writes: "I am a Certified Resonance Repatterning practitioner and Person-Centered Expressive Therapist. Having a background in education and therapies, I have worked on and led many Care Teams for children and families in the areas of grief, loss, trauma, behavior, addiction, recovery, health and relationship.

"Living in the Pacific Northwest, I enjoy working in-person and non-locally by phone and proxy with sessions, as well as giving demonstrations, lectures and experiential workshops with a combination of the work."

"Kimberly served on the Repatterning Practitioners Association Board of Directors from 2008-2010 as Chair for the World Peace Hologram Project, and as a member of the Journal Committee. She has been a contributing author in this journal as well as a number of international wellness blogs."

Types of Sessions


* Individual in-person session
* Couples in-person session
* Group session in-person or by teleconference
* Phone Session: in this case the facilitator muscle-checks for the client
* Proxy session for person or animal who is not able to be present for a session
     ( non-verbal/ unconscious/ sick or at a distance) and the facilitator or person
      stands in for client

To schedule a session, please contact Kimberly to determine the type of session and length. The fee for a session is determined by these factors. Contact: krexinbell@aol.com or (360) 739-0162.

Mailing Address: Kimberly Rex, MS CHRP/CRRP, 644 Old Samish Road, Bellingham, WA 98229 Phone: (360) 739-0162 Email: kimberly@windowstotheheart.net


Wings. "Wings is recognized as an international resource for grief education. We encourage a choice to heal through inspiration, compassion, and hope.

"Wings encourages personal healing through information and education about grief. Healing our grief requires a personal commitment to understand why we feel the way we do. It gives us the freedom to find purpose in living again.

"Wings provides awareness to the bereaved and to the community about the process, not the event of grief. We combine personal feelings and professional thoughts to help us understand the process of grief work. We tell real stories about real people who have walked the journey of grief before us and can now show us the way.

"Wings initiates healing by sharing. We promote a healthy approach to grief, not necessarily to change behavior. We listen without comparing your journey with others. When you share your feelings, you not only heal your own pain, but also confirm to others that they are not alone."

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 1051, Wausau, WI  54402-1051 Phone: (715) 845-4159 Email: wings1@charter.net