There are many resources available for grief support. We've tried to give you names, addresses phone numbers as well as web site links where possible. Click here for an all purpose link at The Easier Way.
The funeral home has also donated a library of books to the Cedar Falls Public Library that focuses on death related issues, such as grief and recovery for survivors. Topics include coping with the loss of a spouse, helping children understand the loss of a loved one, etc.
AMEND (Aiding Mothers & Fathers Experiencing Neo-Natal Death)
4324 Berrywick Terrace St.
Louis, MO 63129
Offers one-on-one counseling and resources for grieving parents.
East Central Iowa Chapter, has trained volunteers and staff who can offer helpful information to assist the family in the care of their loved one.
For more information visit their website at Alzheimer Association.
Amanda The Panda:
Support for Grieving Children and their Families, provides support to grieving children and their families through a variety of services. Extensive support is provided to children who are grieving the death of a family member through accident, illness, suicide, or homicide.
This support is provided through weekend camps, support groups, home visits, fun days, school presentations, holiday cheer boxes, pen pal programs, Halloween and Christmas parties, birthday cards and remembrances, on the anniversary of the death.
All services are provided at no cost to children and families served.
To request more information or to make a contribution, write, fax, call, or e-mail:
Amanda The Panda
1000 73rd Street, Suite 12
Des Moines, IA 50311
info@AmandaThePanda.org or visit their website at Amanda the Panda.
Phone: (877) 533-4847 or (515) 223-4847
Fax: (515) 223-4782
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa
2530 University Ave., Suite 8
Waterloo, IA 50701
Offers programs to children who have lost one or both parents
Offers support to victims of childhood cancer and their families.
Cedar Valley Hospice
Waterloo, Iowa is a homecare program for terminally ill patients and their families that provides nursing, emotional, social, and spiritual support. Care continues from patient's admission through thirteen months of bereavement support for loved ones.
Phone: (319)292-1450 or visit their website at Cedar Valley Hospice.
Bereavement Services: Specialized groups (youth, adults, loss due to AIDS, parents mourning children, etc.); individual counseling; peer support and socialization activities; memorial services; intervention for children; educational sessions; mailings.
Additional Information: No fee for services.
The Compassionate Friends
A mutual assistance self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and siblings.
The primary purpose is to assist them in the positive resolution of the grief experienced upon the death of a child and to support their efforts to achieve physical and emotional health.
The secondary purpose is to provide information and education about bereaved parents and siblings. The objective is to help those in their community, including family, friends, employers, co-workers and professional, to be supportive.
1111 Ashworth Rd. West
Des Moines, IA 50265
Offers support and advocacy for victims of alcohol-related accidents.
National Hospice Organization
1901 N. Moore St., Ste. 901
Arlington, VA 22209
703-243-5900 or 800-658-8898
National Organization for Victim Assistance
1757 Park Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20010
Offers referral support to families of violent crimes
Parents Without Partners
401 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-4267
312-644-6610 or 800-637-7974
Offers support for single parents dealing with divorce or death.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Center
Offers resources and referrals for those suffering a loss from a miscarriage, stillborn or death of an infant.