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Mental & physical health

Get bereavement support

Free bereavement support services are available for people grieving the loss of a loved one in Philadelphia.

Who

Bereavement support services are offered to everyone in need, including but not limited to those who:

  • Experienced the loss of an infant or child.
  • Lost a loved one to a drug-related death.
  • Lost a loved one to homicide.
  • Lost a loved one to suicide.

Where and when

The Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) offers grief resources, information about next steps, and short-term grief counseling.  Most of these services are provided by phone. The MEO also provides referrals to long-term counseling and other resources.

To get support, call the MEO bereavement counselors at (215) 685-7408 or (215) 685-7411 during regular business hours and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For sudden, unexpected deaths of most Philadelphia infants, children, and teens, the MEO offers counseling by phone or in your home. To learn more, call (215) 685-7402.

The Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction program offers grief therapy and peer support groups for individuals and families grieving a drug-related death.

Other resources

Fetal and infant deaths

  • First Candle – Online resources for parents after the death of an infant or toddler.
  • UNITE, Inc. – Local support groups and online resources for parents after miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant deaths.
  • Glow in the Woods – Online community and resources for parents after fetal and infant deaths.

Death of a child of any age

  • Compassionate Friends – Support groups and online resources for parents, grandparents, and siblings after the death of a child of any age.
  • Bereaved Parents USA – Support groups and online resources for parents after the death of their child.

Drug-related deaths

  • Broken No More – Online community that provides support and guidance to those who have lost a loved one to substance use.
  • GRASP – Online community of support and healing for those who have lost a loved one to substance use; includes listing of area peer support groups.

Suicide deaths

Homicide deaths

Resources and camps for grieving children

  • Uplift Center for Grieving Children – Local, free, support groups and other grief support services for children, teens, young adults, and their caregivers.
  • Peter’s Place  – Local area support groups and other grief resources for children and teens (4-17) and their caregivers and for young adults ages 18-25 (located in Radnor, PA).
  • The Dougy Center – Online resources for grieving children, teens, young adults, and their caregivers.
  • Highmark Caring Place – Free brochures for families and professionals that address some basic concepts of grief.
  • Camp Erin Philadelphia – A free weekend bereavement camp for youth ages 6-17 who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.
  • Camp Kesem – Online resources and free summer camps for children who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer; local camps sponsored by chapters at UPenn and Temple.
  • Camp Mariposa – A national addiction prevention and mentoring program that offers free weekend camps for children ages 9-12 who have been affected by substance abuse in their families.
  • A Haven (in Exton, PA) – offers free individual/family sessions and support groups for kids ages 3-18 and their caretakers, including a group for teens and groups for kids who have lost a parent or a sibling

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