Free bereavement support services are available for people grieving the loss of a loved one in Philadelphia.
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.
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.
- 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.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) – Online resources for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, including a directory of support groups. The local AFSP chapter also offers outreach via telephone and care packages via mail to suicide loss survivors.
- Healthy Minds Philly – Local support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
- Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia – Provides local support and free services for families who have lost a loved one to violence.
- Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services – Provides assistance in locating counseling and application forms for victims compensation.
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