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Bereavement Support Services
The bereavement support services staff consists of three master’s level social workers.  

Our 
Bereavement Care Coordinator and Bereavement Care Provider reach out to Philadelphia families who have experienced the sudden unexpected loss of an infant. They offer free bereavement sessions to these families in their own homes.

Our 
Crisis Care Coordinator reaches out to families who have lost a loved one to homicide or suicide. Services are also offered to individuals who come to the Medical Examiner’s Office during regular business hours. 

All bereavement support staff members are also able to refer grieving families to other agencies for most medical or social service needs – including, but not limited to, possible burial or cremation assistance.

Bereavement support services accept masters-level social work students as interns during their second year field placement.
 
Contact us:
Phone: 215-685-7408 (Bereavement Care Coordinator)
Phone: 215-685-7411 (Crisis Care Coordinator)

 

Resources
Accidental Drug Overdose Deaths
GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing).
National organization that provides sources of help, compassion and understanding for people who have lost a loved one to substance abuse or addiction, with local chapters that hold regular peer support meetings.

PRO-ACT (PA Recovery Organization - Achieving Community Together)
A grassroots advocacy and recovery support initiative that runs a local chapter of GRASP at its headquarters at 440 N. 3rd Street.
Homicides
Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia
Provides support for families who have lost a loved one to violence.

List of Philadelphia-Based Victim Services Agencies

Pennsylvania Crime Victims
Provides assistance in locating counseling and application forms for crime victims compensation.

Philadelphia District Attorney – Services for Victims and Witnesses
Infant and Child Deaths
Compassionate Friends
Provides support for families after the death of a child of any age.

First Candle
Provides resources and support for families who have experienced the death of an infant or toddler.

Glow in the Woods
Blog written by mothers who have lost young children.

UNITE, Inc.
Regional support group whose mission is to provide free grief support meetings for those who have lost a baby either through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death.
Resources for Bereaved Children
Center for Grieving Children
Provides grief support to children ages 6-18 who have experienced the death of someone close.

Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
A private non-profit agency that specializes in delivering behavioral health services to Philadelphia’s children and their families.

Family Lives On Foundation
Distributes user-friendly bereavement education materials for grieving children and teens.

Highmark Caring Place
Free brochures for families and professionals that address some basic concepts of grief.
Suicides
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Local chapter of a national organization whose mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. The website includes a directory of support groups for survivors of suicide.

Survivors of Suicide
A local organization whose goal is to support individuals and families affected by suicide loss through peer support group meetings..