7 Stages of Grief
By: Adriana Copaceanu
National Alliance for Grieving Children
The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who supports them. Through the collective voice of our members and partners we educate, advocate and raise awareness about childhood bereavement. The NAGC is a nationwide network comprised of professionals, institutions and volunteers who promote best practices, educational programming and critical resources to facilitate the mental, emotional and physical health of grieving children and their families.
We exist as thought leaders, researchers and professionals in the childhood bereavement field to:
• Strengthen and expand our field in order to collectively raise awareness.
• Promote the availability of resources in communities across North America and elevate the profile of grief support centers.
• Develop evidence-based practical approaches and educational tools and opportunities that address the subject of childhood bereavement.
• Increase public sensitivity and competency while garnering community support for bereaved children.
• Advocate for children and families who have faced a death and recognize that healing after loss is a matter of public health.
What We Do
The NAGC is the only professional member organization specifically addressing issues about childhood bereavement that offers:
- Continuing Education
- Peer Networking
- An Annual Symposium on Children's Grief
- A National Database of Children's Bereavement Support Programs
Our Mission is to raise awareness about the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provide education and resources to anyone who wants to support them.
Our Vision is for no child to have to grieve alone. All bereaved children, no matter where they live or their circumstances, should have the support and resources they need to positively adapt to a loss in their lives.
The Compassionate Friends
Contact Person: Teresa Emory
Phone: (828) 284-2287
Address: 125 East Tappan Street
Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777-2901
Description of Services: When you suffer a loss, it’s important to understand the psychological, emotional and physical effects involved. The extremes that you’re dealing with are understandable and manageable, and there are steps you can take to begin working through the grief. When your child has died, suddenly it seems like all meaning has been drained from your life. When you wake in the morning, it’s difficult to get out of bed, much less live a “normal” life. All that was right with the world now seems wrong and you’re wondering when, or if, you’ll ever feel better.
We’ve been there ourselves and understand some of the pain you are feeling right now. We are truly glad that you have found us but profoundly saddened by the reason. We know that you are trying to find your way in a bewildering experience for which no one can truly be prepared.
When you’re newly bereaved, suddenly you find yourself on an emotional roller-coaster where you have no idea what to expect next.
No matter where you are, support is close by. With over 600 chapters across the country, there are always others ready to listen, share and offer you the emotional support you need for healing to begin. Just reach out, there’s a hand waiting.
Centering & Grief Digest Magazine
Address: 6406 Maple St. Omaha, NE 68104
Centering is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources for the bereaved. Centering was founded in 1977 by Joy and Dr. Marvin Johnson. Centering started with nine little coloring books for hospitalized children and two workshop offerings for nurses and families. In response to the need for support by families and caregivers while facing their grief experience we developed many new resources. Today we have over 500 grief resources for children and adults. Centering continues to provide educational resources and bookstore for caregivers and families.
Grief Digest is a quarterly magazine supporting grieving people and caregivers. Centering, which is the largest and oldest grief resource center in North America, has created this resource by gathering a remarkable group of writers to aid you in your journey.
Our reader-friendly magazine includes the best writers and speakers in the field of bereavement. There are many interesting and helpful articles on coping and dealing with grief, help for the caregiver and most of all, the usual quality and support you expect from your Centering family.
Open to Hope
Non-profit organization dedicated to helping people find hope after loss. They provide encouraging articles, books, and an online community to help people deal with difficult losses and continue to live happy, meaningful lives while working through grief.
Organization dedicated to supporting the bereaved by offering a virtual location, without geographical boundaries, where individuals and a community can communicate a death, connect, mourn, and heal, while celebrating a loved one's life. They also provide resources and HealGrief Coaches.