Grief: Loss of a Loved One

  • Medical Author:
    Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD

    Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Medical Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

    Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.

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

American Society of Suicidology

Cancer Care, Inc.
275 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
1-800-813-HOPE (4673)

Center for Suicide Prevention
321202 Centre Street, S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2G5A5

Compassionate Friends (help following a suicide)

Coalition Against Police Brutality
220 Bagley, Suite 808
Detroit, MI 48226
Tel: 313-963-8116 or 313-399-7345

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

Hospice Foundation of America

Hospice Education Institute

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

National Organization for Victim Assistance

National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Resource Center

Parents of Murdered Children

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

Pet Loss

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

SHARE Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc.

Society of Military Widows

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.

Medically reviewed by Marina Katz, MD; American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology


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