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Training Opportunities in July 2020
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How Events are Sorted:

First, at the top of the list: Disaster Hotline & Oregon Safe + Strong Helpline.

Next in the list: Bundled “All Day” Events for organizations with events happening at multiple times throughout the day and/or in many formats or locations; these are bundled into a single listing to prevent endless scrolling.  Usually these offer a lookup by zip code or other criteria. 

Lastly, Time-Specific Events listed by start time from 12:01am early morning to 11:59pm late night.  Warmlines and places east of Oregon’s time zone tend to start earlier (e.g. 4am in Oregon is 7am in New York).

Jan
23
Sun
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Jan 23 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Jan 23 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Jan
24
Mon
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Jan 24 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Jan 24 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Jan
25
Tue
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Jan 25 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Jan 25 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Jan
26
Wed
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Jan 26 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Jan 26 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Jan
27
Thu
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Jan 27 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Jan 27 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Jan
28
Fri
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Jan 28 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Jan 28 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Jan
29
Sat
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Jan 29 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Jan 29 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Jan
30
Sun
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Jan 30 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Jan 30 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Jan
31
Mon
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Jan 31 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Jan 31 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Feb
1
Tue
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Feb 1 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Feb 1 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Feb
2
Wed
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Feb 2 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Feb 2 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Feb
3
Thu
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Feb 3 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.

VWF – Very Well Family – Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations
Feb 3 all-day

Pregnancy Loss Support Organizations

Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Ectopic Pregnancy Support Groups

If you have suffered a miscarriage, stillbirth, or ectopic pregnancy and need an extra source of support, or if you wish to do something to help further miscarriage awareness, there is help out there. A number of nonprofit organizations around the world aim to spread awareness of pregnancy and infant loss and offer support services. Some are regional in focus but others have a national and even international reach. The following is a list of some of the major pregnancy loss awareness organizations.

 

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

women in support group for pregnancy loss
Steve Debenport/E+/Getty Images

Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support was established in 1977 and has been active in numerous pregnancy loss advocacy and awareness activities including everything from promoting the rights of parents to bury their miscarried babies, to organizing support groups around the nation. The organization’s website contains a collection of support resources as well as a list of regional support groups. If no support group is in your area, Share can also advise you on how to start one

March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is one of the most well-known and well-established organizations focusing on pregnancy health. March of Dimes has a lot of information on the causes and possible prevention of premature birth, a leading cause of infant death, and it is involved in numerous advocacy efforts to drive research into ways to prevent birth defects and infant death.

As a start, every woman who is pregnant should be aware of the risk factors for premature birth as well as the signs and symptoms of premature labor.1

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) is a coalition of stillbirth awareness groups and organizations that work to promote stillbirth research and awareness of stillbirth. The group offers support resources for parents as well as information about ongoing research into stillbirth.

The Miscarriage Association

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based support association that offers many resources to help families cope with miscarriage and to spread awareness of miscarriage. They use the general term miscarriage but include support for those who have had an ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy as well. The group has a network of support volunteers who can lend a listening ear

The miscarriage association also provides information to help people better understand everything from the tests done to look for a miscarriage, to information on “trying again” after your loss.

Sands

Sands stands for Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support. This group is based in the UK, but Sands has chapters in countries around the world. The group offers support to all individuals affected by stillbirth or loss of a newborn infant, and its website includes information on local groups and advocacy opportunities.

Sands also recognizes the importance of bereavement care,2 which has, unfortunately, been addressed to a less degree than the symptoms and treatment of pregnancy loss.

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but focuses on providing support for bereaved families who are grieving the death of a child. The group does offer information and support for pregnancy loss of any kind.

MISS Foundation

The MISS Foundation focuses on crisis support and other aid to families grieving the loss of a child. The group is not exclusively focused on pregnancy loss but is involved in a lot of activities related to miscarriage and stillbirth awareness, such as the MISSing Angels Bills that have been considered or passed in many U.S. states with the idea of granting parents the right to receive a state-issued certificate of stillbirth recognizing the loss of a baby to stillbirth.

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB)

The Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) offers support to parents who have lost babies in multiple pregnancies, including those who have lost all babies in the pregnancy as well as those who have lost one twin.

The site offers fact sheets aimed at dads, grandparents, siblings, and survivors as well as information about research into this type of pregnancy loss.

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND)

Helping After Neonatal Death (HAND) is a California support group for late pregnancy loss and neonatal loss. Its website features fact sheets and information about local groups in northern California. The group also offers two in-person support groups as well as phone support for grieving parents.

Even if you are not a California native, the HAND website provides support, including letters addressed to parents, friends , and family, and even health care professionals who are facing the grief which accompanies stillbirth and neonatal death.

 

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust

The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust is a group sponsored by London’s King College Hospital. The website has information on the causes and treatment of ectopic pregnancy, as well as support forums. The group supports research into early diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy and means of prevention.

The website (of course, easily accessible to those outside the UK) has abundant resources with information on a number of topics surrounding ectopic pregnancy. It even has information for dad’s and ectopic pregnancy, recognizing the difficulties faced by those who are “so close but yet so far.”3

Tommy’s

Tommy’s functions as something of a UK-based March of Dimes equivalent. The group has information on how to have a healthy pregnancy and prevent any preventable stillbirths or preterm births. The group also supports research on miscarriage prevention and causes.

Feb
4
Fri
CAKE – 8 Best Support Groups for People Who Lost a Spouse or Partner @ online register for details
Feb 4 all-day

 

 8 Best Online Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Partner

Coping with the aftermath of a huge loss like this is often lonely. Despite being surrounded by loved ones, it’s hard to feel heard and understood. Leaning on those who have experienced the same grief as you is an effective way to find comfort.

Because we can’t always find this support in person, the internet is a great way to connect with others. There are a number of online support groups specifically for grief and loss.

When searching for that perfect space in cyberspace, look for key indicators of a healthy, active community. Follow these tips below:

  • Effective moderation – Some online communities are unorganized. This isn’t ideal when dealing with strong emotions and real experiences. Make sure your online support group has a strong group of moderators to keep discussions under control.
  • Active posts – You don’t want to find yourself in a digital ghost town. Unfortunately, not all support groups last forever. Look for recent posts to ensure your voice will be heard.
  • Helpful discussion – Not all groups are helpful. Make sure you feel safe and comfortable in the digital support landscape.

Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you. Below, you’ll find our top suggestions for online support groups ideal for anyone who has suffered the death of a partner.

1. Grief Support on Reddit

Reddit is an online platform with different subreddits for just about anything you can imagine, including grief. The Grief Support group has over 15,000 active members, and it’s a place to share stories, ask questions, and seek advice.

Reading through the stories and questions of others is an integral part of the grieving process. Learning from others who experienced the same things months or even years ago provides much-needed perspective and assistance in this time of mourning.

However, note this group is for any type of loss, though many members did lose their spouse or significant other.

2. Widowers on Reddit

Another Reddit group that deals with grief, specifically for those who have lost a partner, is Widowers. As the group description states, Widowers is a place for anyone who has lost a companion to share and heal.

With over 5,000 active members, this is a community for coming to terms with powerful feelings and experiences. The moderator’s welcome message sums this group up in a few profound words. They write, “We are as varied as the whole world. Except in our grief. In that, we are united and virtually universal.”

3. Cancer Care Bereavement Group

For those who have lost a spouse or partner to cancer, Cancer Care’s support group is here to help. This is a free, 15-week online support group intended for those who lost a spouse within the past 18 months. An oncology social worker leads the group, ensuring that every user experiences real growth.

Losing a spouse to cancer often feels different than losing a spouse in another way. It comes with unique feelings and methods of coping. Finding others to process this with makes a world of a difference.

4. Soaring Spirits

Soaring Spirits is a secular organization that helps people heal throughout the grieving process. They offer members of the community all the tools they need to get started on their path towards a new life. With both online and in-person opportunities, this is a great resource.

Soaring Spirits has a number of grief programs. From an online forum to a widowed pen pal group, there are a lot of ways to get the help you need. There is no need to be a paying member to use these services.

5. National Widowers Organization

The National Widowers Organization is a way to learn more about how men, in particular, deal with the loss of a partner. With specialized support groups for men, this organization helps men to adjust to a new life without their partner.

All resources are free, and you can even find local meetups with others struggling with life after the loss of a partner. Men often suffer many things alone, but this doesn’t have to be one of them.

6. Open to Hope

Open to Hope is a nonprofit that connects people to stories of grief, loss, and survival. While this isn’t a way to talk to others one-on-one, listening to and reading stories similar to your own is often a form of support in itself.

Join the 2 million listeners by following the podcast or read through Open to Hope’s articles. With over 100,000 active readers and 530 unique authors, this is the place to find understanding.

7. Widows Connection

Widows Connection is a place for women to get the peer-to-peer support they need after losing a spouse. This is something that affects women of all stages of life. Managing these new life changes, whether they include financial or family challenges, is never easy.

Widows Connection includes more than just emotional support. It also has legal, financial, and other practice advice specifically for widowed women. The annual fee costs $40, and it includes access to the full range of support resources.

8. The Sisterhood of Widows

Finally, the Sisterhood of Widows is another great support community for women experiencing the loss of a partner. The goal of this Sisterhood is to help women create a new life after the death of a loved one. It’s a way to connect with others to gain insight into your own grief and loneliness.

The Sisterhood of Widows has several Facebook groups specifically for women. There’s no fee to join. As long as you’re ready to start your path to recovery, the Sisterhood is waiting.

5 Tips for Finding an In-Person Support Group

While an online community is a great way to begin your own emotional healing, it is also beneficial to find in-person support. You might be surprised by just how many groups are available in your area. Here are some tips for finding the right group near you.

Start with the list above

Your first step is to use the list of online groups above. Many of these include an in-person group search feature. The larger, national organizations are often facilitating in-person meetings, especially around larger cities.

Ask local organizations

If you don’t have any luck with the organizations above, think local. In-person grief support groups are typically held at:

  • Libraries
  • Community centers
  • Senior centers
  • Churchs

Search online for places and organizations near you to see what they offer. You might also need to call and ask yourself. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking — it’s common to ask about emotional support groups. They’re more common than you think.

Browse Meetup.com

Meetup is an online platform for connecting with others with similar interests. It’s not just used for fun activities and hangouts. Many widow groups post on Meetup to arrange local events, support groups, and more. Search your local area to see what’s near you.

Search “widow support group + your city” 

Don’t underestimate the power of a simple Google search. By searching your city name and “widow support group” or “grief support group,” you might find just what you’re looking for. It’s also effective to search for these events on social media as well.

Create your own group

Finally, if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not start your own group? You don’t have to face these feelings alone. More likely than not, there are others locally who are dealing with a similar type of loss.

They might be waiting for an opportunity to connect with others in the same situation. Reach out to local community centers, churches, and organizations to start your own support group.

Find Peace in Connecting with Others

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It’s especially challenging when this loved one was a partner or spouse. While books on grief and other resources make sense of those feelings, this is only one side of the story.

Sometimes the best growth happens when you have the opportunity to share your experience with others and feel heard by those who “get it.” A support group is a perfect way to find the right listening ear and to grow your own perspective. Learn from each other and grieve together.

For more help with the loss of a loved one, review our guides for handling the first death anniversary as well as what to say on a death anniversary.