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Child grief education and support - Children's Grief Education Association
The mission of the Children's Grief Education Association is to provide grief education and support to bereaved children, their families and professionals in schools and community organizations through local, national and international outreach and training. 

Compassionate listening service - Stephen's Touch 
A free compassionate listening service is offered to members of military families living without a loved one.

The Stephen Ministries is a non-denominational ministry that provides a one-on-one confidential listening ministry. Since starting in 1975, more than 9,000 congregations from over 100 denominations are involved in Stephen Ministry.  These congregations come from all 50 states in the U.S.A, 9 Canadian provinces and 21 other countries.  

Stephen Ministers care for people who are suffering some difficulty or trauma in their lives.  Stephen Ministers don't give advice and they don't proselytize.  If the person receiving care wishes, the Stephen Minister may say a prayer during the session for them but that is totally optional.  

The caring listening is being offered to spouses, parents, adult children and siblings of those who died or those who are dealing with separation due to military service.  Please pass this information along to others who would benefit from the caring listener.

Counseling - American Soldier Foundation
The American Soldier Foundation was created to assist soldiers on extended active duty and their dependents, and the dependents of those lost in the line of duty. Military life often places a difficult burden on families, both financially and emotionally. We believe that the lives of the men and women keeping our country safe should not be any harder than they have to be. It is in that spirit that we offer our support. They fight for us - let's fight for them. 

The Foundation can provide grants or interest-free loans for: food, rent or utilities, funeral expenses, family/marriage counseling, medical expenses, financial planning, personal needs when pay is delayed or stolen, education planning and scholarships, fines or legal expenses, business planning, liquidate or consolidate debt, home purchase or improvements, purchase, rent or lease vehicle, debt or credit card bills, etc. 

Counseling - Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers bereavement counseling to parents, spouses and children of Armed Forces personnel who died in the service of their country.  Also eligible are family members of reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on duty.

Counseling - Give an Hour
Free mental health services to U.S. military personnel and their families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Counseling - Heroes Left Behind (Noyau Wellness Center - Dallas, TX)
Free counseling for first responders and family members of fallen soldiers, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

Counseling - Military OneSource
Military OneSource offers three kinds of short-term, non-medical counseling options to active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families.

Military OneSource counseling services are designed to provide service help with short-term issues such as adjustment to situational stressors, stress management, decision making, communication, grief, blended-family issues, and parenting-skills issues.

Counseling - Operation Proud Hearts
Operation Proud Hearts is joining grief specialists around the country to provide free grief counseling to our military, veterans, and their families.

Counseling - The Armed Forces Foundation
The foundation’s Bereavement Program helps to augment funeral costs and travel arrangements for military families in times of mourning. In an attempt to help families cope with loss, the AFF offers family retreats and provides for professional grief counseling.

The program offers a wide range of support for families in need. Assisting with estate settlement and investment planning services are additional forms of assistance offered by the foundation. In addition, scholarships for spouses as well as children are available through the Foundation’s Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Fund.

Since its creation, the program has assisted many families with bereavement related expenses. Whether covering the cost of a funeral procession, hotel costs, receptions or flower arrangements, the foundation has maintained its promise of Serving Those Who Serve, especially in trying times.

Counseling - The Michael Strange Foundation
The Michael Strange Foundation will provide unconditional support and services to the families of recently fallen service members by professionals in several fields and also by those who have suffered similar losses so that the healing process can begin.

Counseling - The Soldiers Project
We are a group of licensed mental health professionals who offer free psychological treatment to military service members (active duty, National Guard, Reserves and veterans) who have served or who expect to serve in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan. We also provide treatment to members of their families and other loved ones. Treatment is conducted in our private offices. Our therapists are all volunteers and our services are entirely confidential. We do not report to any governmental agency.

Grief i-Phone application
Have you or someone you know lost a loved one? Are you going thru the grieving process, but you just don’t feel comfortable attending a grief support group? Don’t worry, you're not alone! The Grief Support iPhone App is here to help! 

Grief counselor, pastor, and author Joe Prainito now offers the very first grief support experience right here on your iPhone. 

This app features: Grief videos, Encouraging Audio Podcasts, Access to Grief Discussion Forums, Grief Support Members Blog, Free EBooks, Encouraging Poems, Helpful Website links, direct email to Grief Counselors, Twitter Access, Facebook Access, Recommended Resources, Events page, and much more... In addition you will also have the opportunity to go thru a Grief Support book/discussion guide found in the media section of this app.

Grief-loss packet, grief kit  - Military Family Grief-Loss Packet
A specially designed packet that offers comfort and support to a military family that has lost a loved one. This packet contains a set of 2 - In Memory of an American Hero dog-tags with John 15:13, a booklet about dealing with grief and loss when death comes unexpectedly, a special musical tribute CD to the fallen, and resource list of national organizations that offer care and support in time of grief. An excellent resource for military chaplains, pastors, counselors, and friends of those who have experienced a military death. This packet was sponsored in part by Operation Thank You and its supporters who wanted to express their love and care for military families experiencing grief and loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Grief-loss packet, grief kit  - Special Ops Survivors
Special Ops Survivors provides initial grief kits to survivors consisting of a grief journal and other creature comforts to help survivors start to make sense of their new lives and to let them know they are not alone.

Grief recovery hotline
Call 1-818-907-9600.

Holiday Survival Guide (TAPS)
Getting through the holidays can be difficult when you are dealing with the death of a loved one. Helpful tips and articles.

Spiritual support and Chaplain support
Dial 1-877-418-6824 and press #2.

Therapy, equine - Back in the Saddle Bit by Bit (BITS)
B.I.T.S. (Back In The Saddle) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for combat injured men and women serving or having served in the Armed Services, their immediate families and families of deceased servicemen and women by providing physical, and psychological health and overall well-being by utilizing equine facilitated therapy.

For other possible opportunities, please visit this LINK.

Working through Grief
A variety of articles dealing with grief.
To be directed to the COMPLETE LISTING of resources for Loved Ones of the Fallen, click HERE.
Resources for the loved ones of fallen warriors
Books (adults, teens, children)
Compassionate listening service
Grief i-Phone application
Grief-loss packet, grief kit

Grief recovery hotline
Holiday survival guide
Spiritual support and chaplain support
Working through grief
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