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  • Resources for Children & Child Loss

    Cornerstone of Hope 5905 Brecksville Rd Independence, OH 44131


    8-wk Support Group for families (age 6-adult


    Joel's Place for Children Bay Village, OH 44140


    Meetings are on the East and West side of Cleveland, phone for more information. Mary Willhite, L.S.W., and Kathy Stellato, R.N., certified bereavement facilitators, founded Joel's Place for Children in 2003. They continue to lead the support groups and train and supervise the volunteer facilitators.


    Families Living in Grief Healing Together

    5905 Brecksville Rd Independence, OH 44131


    Ages 6-adult Taking FLIGHT (Families Living in Grief Healing Together) 8-wks


    Infant Loss 800-700-4771

    6:30-8pm, Robertson Bereavement Center - Hospice of Medina Cty, Registration req'd, no fee


    Hospice of Western Reserve

    Elisabeth. Severance Prentiss Center

    Pathways for Widows/Widowers & Children (5-12yrs.) 216-486-6364

    2nd Mondays, 6-8PM, Eliz. Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center

    (Support, Tears, Anger, Remembrance & Sadness)

    Hospice of Western Reserve

    Children ( 6-12) meet while parents meet for support. Westside- 216-486-6319 Eastside- 216-486-6316


    FEEL (Families Experiencing Early Loss) Fairview Hospital

    Fairview Park, OH 216-476-6965

    1st Thursdays 7:30-9PM at Fairview Hospital


    The Compassionate Friends, Inc.

    P. O. Box 3696 Oak Brook, IL 60522


    -1st Thursdays 7:30 pm,(2nd Thursdays beginning 2/2010) Parma Hts. Bill & Judy 440-234-7098, Olga 216-252-7521 -3rd Thursdays 7:30pm, Wellington, 440-647-4289 or 419-577-5007 -1st Thursdays, 7:30pm, Sandusky, 419-625-1199, (419) 660-9419. -1st Tuesdays, 7:30pm, Medina, 330-483-3586 -1st Tuesdays, 7:30pm, Tiffin, 419-986-5355


    The SIDS Network of Ohio


    Meets 3rd Tuesdays at 5923 Broadview Rd., Parma, 330-460-3034 2nd Mons., 6:30 to 8pm, Lorain 440-282-9380


    Website for Grandparents SIDS



    Young Widows

    5905 Brecksville Rd Independence, OH 44131


    2nd Tuesdays 6pm (dinner & childcare inc.)RSVP


    Center for Loss

    Founded in 1983 by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, the Center for Loss and Life Transition is a private organization dedicated to furthering our understanding of -and compassion for- the complex set of emotions we call grief. Our mission is to help both the bereaved, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and bereavement caregivers, by serving as their educational liaison and professional forum. Our motto is "helping people help others."


    National Alliance for Grieving Children 555 Forest Avenue Portland, ME 04101-1504

    (866) 432-1542

    Suicide Resources More resources about: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Bereavement books Suicide With special thanks to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Books/Articles to use when helping children: Children of suicide: The telling and the Knowing. Albert C. Cain, Psychiatry, Summer 2002. Vol. 65, Issue 2, pages 124-137. This is a research overview, easily understood for laypeople. Someone I Love Died By Suicide: A Story for Child Survivors and Those Who Care for Them. Doreen Cammarata, Grief Guidance, Inc., 2000. An illustrated book that explains depression and suicide in child-friendly language. After. Francis Chalifour, Tundra, 2005. Nominated for the Canadian Governor General's Literary Awards 2005, this autobiographical novel tells the story of 15-year-old Francis's struggles with guilt, anger, profound sadness and search for hope, during the first year after his father's suicide. After a Suicide: A Workbook for Grieving Kids. Developed for use with children, this workbook combines explanations of mental illness and suicide, creative exercises, practical advice, and quotations from child survivors. Available through The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families ( After a Suicide: Young People Speak Up. Susan Kuklin, Putnam Publishing Group, 1994. Nine personal accounts of survivors, many of whom are teens. Each account focuses on a specific topic, such as losing a parent, losing a sibling, seeking therapy, support groups. My Uncle Keith Died. Carol Ann Loehr, Trafford Publishing, 2006. Written in clear simple language easily understood by children, this book offers hope and practical ways to explain suicide to children. It explains the difference between sadness and depression, and describes how chemical imbalances in the brain cause illnesses that can result in suicide. Child Survivors of Suicide: A Guidebook for Those Who Care for Them. Rebecca Parkin and Karen Dunne-Maxim, 1995. This practical guide offers guidance for family members, educators, and others who deal with young survivors. Available through AFSP in English and Spanish. In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide. Nancy Rappaport. Basic Books, 2009. Dr. Nancy Rappaport, a child psychiatrist, lost her mother to suicide at the age of four. Drawing on court papers, newspaper clippings, her mother's unpublished novel, and interviews with family and friends, she explores the impact of her mother's suicide. After a Parent's Suicide: Helping Children Heal. Margo Requarth, Healing Hearts Press, 2006. Written by a bereavement counselor who lost her own mother to suicide when she was just under four years old, this book offers constructive, compassionate and clear suggestions for helping children. Talking to Children about Suicide. Margo Requarth, Grief Digest Magazine, Vol. 4, Issue 4. Reprinted with permission from Grief Digest, Center Corp., Omaha, NE, (402) 553-1200. But I Didn't Say Goodbye: For Parents and Professionals Helping Child Suicide Survivors. Barbara Rubel, Griefwork Center, Inc., 2000. Told from the point of view of a child, this book is intended for adults to read and then share with children. Understanding Suicide, Supporting Children. The Dougy Center. 2010. This DVD provides insight on the emotions and experiences that children, teens and families affected by a suicide death often go through, and offers ways to help. Available through The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families (


    The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children

    900 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

    313-885-0390 or 877-306-5256

    Founded in 1990 by William Steele, MSW, PsyD, The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children’s (TLC) mission is to provide school professionals, crisis intervention teams, medical and mental health professionals, child care professionals and clinicians with trauma education, training, consultation, referral services and trauma-specific intervention programs and resource materials needed to help children, parents, families, and schools traumatized by violent or non-violent trauma-inducing incidents.


  • Tragic Loss

    American Association of Suicidology

    4201 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 408 Washington, DC 20008

    (202) 237-2280

    The National Hopeline Network 1-800-273-TALK provides access to trained telephone counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Survivors Division of AAS is dedicated to understanding the issues of survivors of suicide and incorporating these in suicide prevention efforts.


    Christ Church

    23080 Royalton Road Columbia Station, OH 44028

    (440) 236-8282

    13 week support group begining November 11th 10:00 – 11:30 am


    Cornerstone of Hope

    P.O. Box 31555 Independence, OH 44131


    The Cornerstone of Hope is a center dedicated to providing support, love and hope for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Our desire is to create a comfortable environment where individuals can receive empathy from others who have suffered similar losses. We are committed to meeting the spiritual, relational and emotional needs of children, teens, adults, spouses and families.


    HMC The Robertson Bereavement Center

    5075 Windfall Road Medina, OH 44256

    330-725-1900 X126 

    Suicide: A Time to Hear a Time to Speak This six-week grief education workshop will be held for those who have lost someone to suicide. Participants will receive support, understand the grief process, begin to understand the “why” of suicide, and begin to find some answers. Please join us for our workshop The Robertson Bereavement Center is a community outreach of Hospice of Medina County


    MADD National Office

    511 E. John Carpenter Fwy. Suite 700 Irving, TX 75062

    800-GET-MADD (438-6233)

    MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit grass roots organization with more than 600 chapters nationwide. MADD is not a crusade against alcohol consumption – MADD’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.


    National Organization for Victim Assistance

    1730 Park Road NW Washington , DC 20010


    The National Organization for Victim Assistance is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services.


    Northcoast Conflict Solutions

    7007 E. Sprague Road Independence, OH 44131


    Northcoast Conflict Solutions, LLC, is a mediation, counseling, and training practice in Independence, OH. Founded in 1996, NCS is staffed by mediators, psychologists, counselors, attorneys, and affiliates with backgrounds in: Business Debt/credit Law Education, IDEA, School safety Behavioral health Organization development Ministry Construction Real estate Human Resources Please visit the website for more information


    Parents of Murdered Children

    100 East Eighth Street, Suite B-41 Cincinnati, OH 45202

    (513) 721-5683 Toll Free: (888) 818-POMC

    POMC® makes the difference through on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy, and awareness.


    Suicide Prevention Education Alliance – SPEA 29425

    Chagrin Blvd Ste 306 Cleveland , OH 44122-4637

    216. 464.3471

    Suicide prevention


    Suicide Survivor Support Middleburg Heights Community Church

    Middleburg Hts, OH 44130

    (440) 237-1359

    2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 7:30- 9 p.m., Middleburg Heights Community Church


    Suicide Survivor Support

    St. Thomas Sheffield Lake, OH


    4th Tuesdays (non-denominational)


    Suicide Survivor Support Stein Hospice Huron, OH

    419-625-5269 ext.115


    Young Widows-New Beginnings

    Hospice of the Western Reserve Westlake, OH


    Hospice of the Western Reserve St. John Westshore Comm. Outreach Ctr., Westlake

  • Hospice and Support Organizations

    Akron Child Guidance Center

    2305 East Aurora Road Twinsburg, OH 44087

    (330) 425-7111 or (330) 794-4254


    Alzheimer’s Association

    12200 Fairhill Road Cleveland, OH 44120


    The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to stand by those who are touched by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias by advancing research and providing the information, care and support needed to live life as fully as possible throughout the journey.


    Center for Grief Counseling and Education, Inc.

    6046 Whippley Avenue NW North Canton, OH 44720

    (330) 497-2960


    Cuyahoga Valley Church

    5055 East Wallings Road Broadview Hts., OH 44147


    Grief Support Group. Grief Share Contact: Greta Smith


    Hospice & Palliative Care Partners of Ohio

    2500 E. 22nd Street Cleveland, OH 44115

    (216) 694-6236

    Formerly VNA Hospice, an Agency of the Visiting Nurse Association. 


    Hospice Foundation of America

    12000 Biscayne Blvd. #505 Miami Beach, FL 33181

    (305) 981-2522

    Hospice Foundation of America is a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care. Through programs of professional development, research, public education and information, Hospice Foundation of America assists those who cope either personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief.


    Hospice of the Western Reserve

    300 East 185th Street Cleveland, OH 44119

    (216) 383-2222 or (800) 707-8922

    Mission ~ Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio. In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care, and support effective grieving.


    River’s Edge Counseling Services

    3430 Rocky River Drive Cleveland, OH 44111-2997

    (216) 688-1111

    What We Offer ~ Counseling for Individuals, Couples and Families. We welcome you, and we ACKNOWLEDGE the unique experiences in your life: family related, cultural, physical and spiritual; VALUE your strengths, and while enhancing those strengths, we speak to the vulnerabilities which together create the whole you; ENCOURAGE you to move towards emotional and psychological health; HELP you discover options through awareness and the use of your internal and external resources; INVITE you to enjoy the tranquil beauty of the nature which surrounds the Center.


    St Charles Borromeo

    Group to meet 6 sessions April 5-May 10 meeting at 6:30-8pm


    Strongsville Psychological Services

    14843 Sprague Road Suite A Strongsville, OH 44136

    (440) 234-9955

    Medicare provider, mood and anxiety disorders, stress and anger management and grief loss.


    The Robertson Bereavement Center

    797 North Court St. Medina, OH 44256

    330-725-1900 or 1-800-700-4771

    A community outreach of Hospice of Medina County and Barberton Hospice & Palliative Care, The Robertson Bereavement Center offers information, education, and support about grief and loss. an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality.

  • Resources for Seniors

    AARP Grief & Loss Programs 601 E Street, NW Washington, DC 20049


    AARP Grief Support Line Would you like to talk to someone who cares? Call toll free 9 am – 9 pm ET, Daily


    Communication Connection

    Contact Kathy Kilpatrick for more information.


    Eldercare Professionals of Ohio



    Northcoast Conflict Solutions

    7007 Sprague Road, Suite 1 Independence, OH 44131


    Northcoast Conflict Solutions, LLC, is a mediation, counseling, and training practice in Independence, OH. Founded in 1996, NCS is staffed by mediators, psychologists, counselors, attorneys, and affiliates with backgrounds in: Business Debt/credit Law Education, IDEA, School safety Behavioral health Organization development Ministry Construction Real estate Human resources


    Social Security Administration

    1-800-772-1213 TYY: 1-800-325-0778

  • Funeral Association Resources

    Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) Prog


    The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice is committed to providing a voluntary certification program to funeral service practitioners that shows families your commitment to exceptional service and life-long learning.


    Association for Death Education and Counseling

    342 North Main Street West Hartford, CT 06117-2507

    (860) 586-7503

    ADEC is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. The almost 2000 members are made up of a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors, and volunteers. ADEC offers numerous educational opportunities through its annual conference, courses and workshops, its new certification program, and via its acclaimed newsletter, The Forum.


    Grief Resources

    152 College Park Drive Seal Beach, CA 90740



    National Center for Death Education

    777 Dedman Street Newton, MA 02459


    The National Center for Death Education (NCDE) is an educational center dedicated to promoting knowledge and understanding in the field of Thanatology. NCDE aims to help people enhance their own awareness of death as well as provide them with the resources to support the dying and grieving of all ages. We provide ongoing learning opportunities for professional caregivers and others designed for acquiring and maintaining a current knowledge base, as well as developing creative and useful skills for providing care associated with end of life, bereavement and loss.


    Ohio Funeral Directors Association

    2501 North Star Road – P.O. Box 21760 Columbus, OH 43221-0760

    (614) 486-5339 Fax: (614) 486-5358,

    Whether it’s education and training, professional networking, or a voice in the legislature, OFDA has something for you. We invite you to take advantage of the many services OFDA offers and become part of the strongest family of professional funeral associations in the country.


    Thanos Institute

    P.O. Box 1928 Buffalo, NY 14231


    Thanos Institute was founded in 1981 to help funeral directors educate the public through Home-Study Continuing Education for Licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers, and through educational programs for Funeral Associations. Thanos Institute offers accredited continuing education home-study courses for licensed funeral directors. They are convenient, affordable and can be completed without leaving home or office


    The American Academy of Bereavement (CMI Educational Institute, Inc.)

    P.O. Box 912 Cheektowagan, NY 14225-0912


    The American Academy of Bereavement (AAB), a non-profit organization founded in 1993, is a national association devoted to the education, preparation and advancement of bereavement specialists. AAB serves as a stepping stone for professional and personal growth in the field of bereavement. AAB members have the opportunity to establish relationships with colleagues across the country. Through seminars, a yearly conference and networking, members are able to discuss the challenges and the gifts of this unique work


    The Selected Independent Funeral Homes

    00 Lake Cook Road, Suite 205 Deerfield, IL 60015


    Founded in 1917 as National Selected Morticians, a worldwide professional association of more than 1,500 independently owned funeral homes. Members operate under the strictest standards and best practices to offer you confidence and preserve your trust during times of need. As a professional association, we actively police our members to ensure you and your loved ones receive the best care available when choosing a Selected Independent Funeral Home.

  • Books and Publications

    Accord, Inc.

    1941 Bishop Lane, Suite 202 Louisville, KY 40218



    Bereavement Publishing, Inc.

    5125 North Union Blvd., Suite #4 Colorado Springs, CO 80918-2056



    In-Sight Books

    P.O. Box 42467 Oklahoma City, OK 73123


    Our books, videos and cassettes in the areas of bereavement and elder care have touched over a million people through the years. Please take a moment to look at our catalogue of materials to see if we have something that will fit a need for you or someone you know.


    Northcoast Conflict Solutions

    7007 E. Sprague Road, Suite 1 Independence, OH 44131


    Patricia Bertschler and Laurette Cocklin have written a book entitled “TRUCE! Using Elder Mediation to Resolve Conflict among Families, Seniors and Organizations.”

  • Genealogy/ Virtual Records

    Genealogy/ Virtual Records

    A good general site which lists genealogical societies and their activities in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina Counties, also has some good databases. The following are death time records available for the local area.


    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a directory of links to state and foreign offices responsible for vital records, including death certificates and other information, that may be helpful to funeral directors and people involved with genealogy research.


    The sites linked through the CDC directory explain the procedures and costs of obtaining the records.

    The directory is on the CDC web site at:


    Cuyahoga County

    Genealogy How-Tos for Cuyahoga County

    Cuyahoga Wills & Estates Index Dockets Pre-A-70 (1826-1904)

    Cleveland (Owned) Cemetery Index to Interment with images


    Selected cemetery transcriptions at

    Rockport Cemetery (God’s Little Acre)

    Denison Cemetery Cleveland

    Lutheran Memorial Park Cemetery, Hinkley, Medina Co., OH

    Maple Ridge Cemetery, Westlake

    Lutheran Cemetery, Ridge Rd., Cleveland

    River Road Cemetery, Orange Twp., Cuyahoga Co.

    Independence Township Cemeteries, Cuyahoga Co.

    Mapleshade Cemetery

    St. Lawrence


    Darrow Family Cemetery

    West Family Cemetery

    Froelich Family Cemetery

    MattsonWorks Genealogy Source

    Strongsville Cemetery Inscriptions and Obituaries

    St. Adelbert’s Cemetery records and inscriptions and obituaries

    US GenWeb Tombstone Project Cuyahoga County

    Butternut Ridge, North Olmsted

    Darrow Family, Parma

    Early Settlers’ Cemetery, Parma

    Lakewood Park Cemetery, Rocky River Index to inscriptions (Not complete)

    St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery, Independence City

    St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery, Berea Inscriptions and Photos

    St. Peter’s Cemetery, Parma

    West Cemetery, City of Independence

    East Cleveland Township Cemetery Records and Inscriptions

    Lakeview Cemetery

    Roselawn Cemetery, Solon Inscriptions – with images soon.

    Cleveland Necrology File by Cleveland Public Library Death notices early to 1975

    Cleveland News Index by Cleveland Public Library Index to Death Notices and Obituaries 1976 to current

    Lake County Cemetery Inscriptions


    Lake County Geneology


    Lake County Probate Death Record Transcription 1867-1908


    Online Ohio Death Records and Indexes