Jewish bereavement
specific needs
Individual Counselors
Bereavement Resources, Books and Websites
Select Books on Grief and Dying
Financial Resources
Medical/Household Donation Referrals
Video Biographies
Websites on Grief, Dying and Additional Resources


AARP: Grief & Loss - A Collection of Resources, A Community of Care
National grief and loss resources, writings, links and support

ACCESS: Air Disaster Victims' Friends and Families
E-mail: info@accesshelp.org
Assistance provided for air disaster victims' friends and families, through peer grief mentor matching program (through telephone and e-mail) and additional resources.

American SIDS Institute
Family support providing crisis phone counseling, grief literature and referrals

Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
E-mail: adec@adec.org
A multi-disciplinary professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in death education, bereavement counseling and care of the dying. ADEC’s specific internet resource list can be found at www.adec.org/links/index.htm.

Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
Providing Jewish spiritual care for people coping with illness, loss and death.

Bereaved Families of Ontario, Canada
E-mail: prov.bfo@axxent.ca
Includes highlights from newsletters published by their affiliates, as well as a monthly column. The Bereavement Self-Help Resources Guide indexes their own resources along with hundreds of listings to other resources and information.

Centering Corporation
A grief resource center, dedicated to serving the needs of those healing from loss; offering books, videos and other resources. Wide selection of book choices for many different types of losses.

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children
503-775- 5683
E-mail: help@dougy.org
Providing support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children and teens in grief.

Finding Our Way, Living with Dying in America
The website is based on a series of newspaper articles which offer practical advice, resources, and personal stories.

Good Grief Rituals
Tools and rituals for dealing with change and loss.

Grief and Growing Weekend
c/o Bay Area Jewish Healing Center
3330 Geary Blvd, 3rd Floor West
San Francisco, CA 94118
Email: jewishhealing@ioaging.org
An annual Jewish healing weekend for Bereaved Individuals and Families (located at a camp setting in Northern California)

Grief Recovery Institute
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413
818- 907-9600
E-mail: usinfo@grief.net
The Grief Recovery Institute has been helping people deal with the emotions caused by death, divorce, and other losses for 25 years, through certification trainings, workshops and books. See http://www.grief-recovery.com/ArticleIndex.html for free, printable articles on the subject.

Offers a platform for poetry and prose, references and links as well as a chat group specifically for pregnancy and neonatal loss.

My Jewish Learning
A transdenominational website of Jewish information and education geared towards learners of all religious and educational backgrounds. A comprehensive resource featuring articles, essays and guided learning on attitudes, themes and sources on traditional, practical and contemporary issues around death and mourning.

National Center for Jewish Healing
(212) 399-2320
Email: info@ncjh.org
The NCJH helps communities better meet the spiritual needs of Jews living with illness, loss and other significant life challenges. Working closely with a network of Jewish healing centers and programs throughout North America, they offer consultation, resource material, publications, training and referrals to community resources.

Life, Death and Mourning
A basic description, from an Orthodox viewpoint, on what Judaism says about Life, Death, and Mourning.

Mourners Kaddish
Translations of the Mourners Kaddish and an audio version of the Kaddish recited in Hebrew.

Pet Loss:

Pet loss grief support website.

The association for pet loss and bereavement.

A reference site to pet loss resources.

Ritual Well
Ritual Well is the source for innovative, contemporary Jewish ritual, with resources that address each aspect of the process of navigating death and mourning; from the moment of death, to the burial of the body, the tearing of clothes, the weeklong practice of shiva, and the recitation of kaddish.

Suicide Loss Resources:

Friends for Survival, Inc.
Friends for Survival, Inc. is an organization of people who have been affected by a death caused by suicide. We are dedicated to providing a variety of peer support services that comfort those in grief, encourage healing and growth, foster the development of skills to cope with a loss and educate the entire community regarding the impact of suicide.

Survivors of Suicide
The purpose of the Survivors of Suicide web site is to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way.

Shiva Connect
Email: srosen@shivaconnect.com
Press Release
A free resource to provide information and assistance to Jewish mourners and those wishing to express their condolences. The website features articles about "sitting shiva," a "Shiva Registry" to privately share funeral & shiva details, a calendar to view/post food for each day, online memorial donations, helpful resources and an emailed Yahrzeit Reminder.

Twinless Twins Support Group, International
PO Box 980481
Ypsilanti, MI 48198-0481
Founded to serve in support of twins (all multiple births) who suffer from the loss of companionship of their twin through death, estrangement, or in-utero loss.

Union for Reform Judaism’s Department of Jewish Family Concerns
The organizing principle of the Department of Jewish Family Concerns is the development of caring congregations. A prevalent Caring Community program involves dealing with the issues that surround support for those in mourning.

United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism Online Resources
A Time to Grieve, A Time to Teach: Teaching Children about Death and Dying, A Challenge to Parents and Educators by Joshua Elkin

Jewish Death and Mourning Customs

Widow NET
An information and support resource for, and by, people who have lost a spouse or life partner. Topics covered include grief, recovery, senior sites, spiritual resources, and relationship-specific information. Features include a bereavement chat room.

Yizkor.com enables mourners to capture the history and impact of a loved one, including biography, timeline, photos, videos, family tree, and funeral information. Family and friends can visit the site and contribute stories and memories or just “leave a stone.”  The result is an online, interactive memorial “book” that is uniquely personal and imparts the legacy of the deceased to children and grandchildren.

© 2006 The Jewish Bereavement Project. Designed by Karin Mueller. Supported by the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.