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Resources for Families

Groups

Parent Grief Support Group & Adult Grief Support Group

For Parents whose child (of any age) has died. Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month 6:30p.m.

http://pinepointehospice.org/

Pine Pointe Hospice
6261 Peake Road, Macon
Wendie Reynolds 478-633-6068

Wings of Hope along with The HUGS program and Goodbye Too Soon is a support group for children and their parents to help them understand and deal with feelings of grief resulting from the death/loss of a loved one. This is free grief support that is open to the families of Navicent Health and the community. For more information, contact Sebastian Stubbs, MS. GC-C. at 478-319-7574 or 478-633-6150.

Suicide Aftercare Association, the Heart of Middle Georgia group meets at Northside Hospital, 400 Charter Blvd., Macon, GA 31208
Contact: 478-751-4506, pstallworth@river-edge.org
Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m.

Websites

Hello Grief provides a place for teens to share and learn about grief and loss.
http://www.hellogrief.org/

The Centering Corporation-a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources for the bereaved.
http://www.centering.org/

My Wishes-a booklet written in everyday language that helps children express how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill.
http://www.agingwithdignity.org/

The Dougy Center-provides education, training and peer support groups to give children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death a safe and supportive place to share their stories.
http://www.dougy.org/

The Compassionate Friends: Providing 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."
http://www.compassionatefriends.org/

FOCUS offers comfort, hope, and fun to families with children who are medically fragile or have significant developmental or physical disabilities through a variety of programs. When a child with special needs, the family has special needs......check out our website and join the FOCUS family!
http://www.focus-ga.org/

Rainbows is an international, not-for-profit organization that fosters emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis.
http://www.rainbows.org/

Kate's Club is a non-profit organization that empowers children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. By creating friendships with kids and young adults that share the experience, Kate's Club guides children through their grief journey in a comfortable, safe, and uplifting setting.
http://www.katesclub.org/

Grief Share is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences.
http://www.griefshare.org/

Network of Victim Assistance is a website with helpful links for victims of crime and for individuals who have lost a loved one to murder. The 24 hour crisis line is 1-800-675-6900.
http://www.novabucks.org/

The National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children. For the family and friends of those who have died due to violence.
http://www.pomc.org/

Books to help children cope with loss and death

Preschool / Elementary

  • Skyler: A Very Wise Bear (Jan Manley, 2005)
  • Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children (Brian Mellonie, 1983)
  • The Tenth Good Thing about Barney (Judith Viorst, 1971)
  • It Must Hurt A Lot (Doris Sanford, 1986)
  • I'll Always Love You (Hans Wilhelm, 1985)
  • Someone Special Died (Joan Singleton, 1993)
  • When Dinosaurs Die (Laurie Drasny Brown & Marc Brown, 1996)
  • Love You Forever (Robert Munsch, 1986)
  • When Someone Dies (Sharon Greenlee, 1992)
  • Tear Soup (Pat Schweibert, Chuck DeKlyen, 2005)
  • Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for helping kids cope when a special person dies (Janis Silverman, 1999)
  • The Fall Of Freddie The Leaf (Leo Buscaglia, 1982)
  • Water Bugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children. (Doris Stickley, 2004)
  • The Invisible String. (Patty Kaurst, 2000)
  • I Miss You: A First Look at Death (Pat Thomas, 2001)
  • When Families Grieve. (Sesame Street, 2010)

Elementary / Middle School

  • Badger's Parting Gifts (Susan Varley, 1984)
  • Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope (Donna O'Toole, 1988)
  • The Next Place (Warren Hanson, 1997)
  • The Saddest Time (Norma Simon, 1986)

Middle / High School

  • Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers (Earl Grollman, 1993)
  • When A Friend Dies (Marilyn Gootman, 1994)
  • The Grieving Teen: A guide for teenagers and their friends (Helen Fitzgerald, 2000)
  • Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens: 100 Practical Ideas (Alan Wolfelt, 2001)

Adults

  • Furious Love (Johnny & Carla Morton, 2009)
  • Murder: This Could Never Happen to Me (Jerry Harris, 2001)
  • The Nicholas Effect (Reg Green, 1999)
  • Reflections of a Peacemaker (Mattie Stepanek, 2005)

Recommended Family Movies About Loss and Grief

  • When Families Grieve: Elmo's Uncle Jack. (Sesame Street)
  • The Fifth Quarter
  • The Ultimate Gift
  • The Lion King
  • Rabbit Hole
  • The Descendants
  • Old Yeller
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Ordinary People

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