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Mental & physical health

Get bereavement support

The Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) offers free bereavement support to grieving individuals.

Who

The MEO’s 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 overdose.
  • Lost a loved one to homicide.
  • Lost a loved one to suicide.

Where and when

We provide grief resources, information about next steps, and short-term grief counseling.  Most of these services are provided by phone. We also provide referrals to individuals who are seeking long-term counseling and have other needs.

For sudden, unexpected deaths of most Philadelphia infants, children and teens, we offer counseling by phone or in your home. Call (215) 685-7402 to learn more.

For adults who are grieving a drug-related death, we offer free individual and family grief therapy. We also provide peer support groups for both adults and children. Call (215) 685-7408 to learn more.

You can also get support by visiting the MEO during regular business hours, and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

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