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Bereavement Resources

Whether you are in need of grief support or would simply like to know more about what services are available to you during this time of need, we have compiled a comprehensive list of resources that you can refer to whenever necessary. In addition to the resources listed below, we have an extensive lending library at our Hanover Street location, should you be interested in browsing or borrowing books on grief and bereavement.

Southern NH Grief Support

The Compassionate Friends

Grief group for parents who have lost children. Meets at Brookside Church in Manchester.


Friends of Aine

Center for Grieving Children and Families
This is the only organization in NH whose sole mission is to support grieving children, teens and families who have experienced a significant death.

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The Connect Program

Resources for NH survivors of suicide loss.

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Rockingham VNA & Hospice

Offering bereavement support groups which are open to the public and free of charge. Support groups are held for a six-week period of time, several times a year.

(603) 778-7311
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Granite VNA

 NH non-profit agency offering a variety of bereavement resources including assessments, support groups, grief educational materials and more.

(603) 224-4093

Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester & Southern NH

Offering a variety of adult bereavement groups. Groups meet weekly for 8 weeks, several times throughout the year. Groups are held one night/week on weekday evenings from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Pre-registration is required.


Catholic Charities New Hampshire

Offering grief and loss counseling to NH residents. Counseling provided by clinical social workers and mental health counselors licensed by the Board of Mental Health Practice of the State of New Hampshire. Most insurances accepted. Sliding scale fees available.

(603) 669-3030

Home Health & Hospice Care – Bereavement Services in New Hampshire

Free bereavement services available to anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Serving individuals Manchester, Nashua, Derry, Salem, Merrimack and beyond.

(603) 882-2941
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Aubrielle’s Hope

Nonprofit providing NH families with financial aid for the funeral, cremation or burial of a child five years and younger.
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Survivors of Suicide Loss Merrimack

Please join us for our monthly in person support group on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8 at Movement Christian Church located @ 27 Depot St in Merrimack NH.

Contact Debbie Peters at or call Kerry Arseneaux @ 603-533-5399 at least 24 hours prior to attending if this is your first time joining us

Survivors of Suicide Loss Nashua

Survivor Support Groups offer an opportunity for people who have lost a loved one by suicide to connect with other survivors in a safe and healing environment. Please join us for our monthly in person support group on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 at Pilgrim Congregational Church located @ 5 Watson Street in Nashua, NH. Contact Debbie Peters at 24 hours prior to attending if this is your first time joining us.

Lakes Region VNA, Home Care and Hospice

Safe Space Bereavement Groups
Groups are ongoing and free to the public.
You are not alone – Bereavement Support

Vermont Bereavement Resources

Brattleboro Area Hospice

Brattleboro Area Hospice provides bereavement services to Hospice families as well as the general public and serves as a community resource on the issues of death, dying and grieving.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire

In addition to the grief support offered to the families of hospice patients,VNH offers grief support through individual counseling and through grief support groups, both short-term and ongoing. They provide community education through presentations about specific situations, such as grieving during the holidays.

VA Medical Center, White River Junction

The VA Medical Center provides bereavement support to those with a connection to the military, offering bimonthly support groups, one-on-one counseling and memorial services.

Bayada Hospice, Norwich

Bayada Hospice provides ongoing support for family and friends of those whom we have served as hospice patients. This includes memorial services for individuals and special times of remembrance that include patients and the community. In addition, Bayada provides education and outreach through short-term, one-on-one counseling and occasional groups.

Central VT Health & Hospice

Central Vermont Home health & Hospice hosts grief and bereavement support group meeting twice monthly. The group is free and open to the community.

Lake Sunapee VNA & Hospice

Facilitated by trained staff and volunteers, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice offers a number of bereavement support groups which are open to anyone in our community at no cost.

Survivors of Suicide

If you’ve lost a friend or family member to suicide, Survivors of Suicide support groups are here for you to help in your grieving process.

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

Recommended Grief Information Resources

Grief resources – The word “domani” means tomorrow in Italian. Domani for Grief was founded with the belief that even during the darkest times there is always hope in a brighter tomorrow. – The National Center for Griving Children & Families, on-line support groups, areas just for children and teen support. – Sponsored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care organization, this site provides clear and concise answers to various questions pertaining to grief. – Blends good clinical information with artistic expressions of grief, including poetry, quotes and photography. – “An internet community of persons dealing with grief, death and major loss.” For those who may not have access to or are apprehensive about in-person grief counseling, the site includes 50 email support groups, help with creating online memorials and more.


If you prefer a deeper look at grief, mourning and support systems, consider these works of literature:

For Adults

Arnold, J.C. (2002). Be Not Afraid: Overcoming the Fear of Death. Farmington, PA: The Plough Publishing House of the Bruderhof Foundation.

Colgrove, M. (1976). Bloomfield, H., and McWilliams, P. How to Survive the Loss of a Love. N.Y.: Bantam Books.

Davis, Prend, A. (1997). Transcending Loss: Understanding the Lifelong Impact of Grief and How to Make it Meaningful. New York: Berkley Books.

Doka, K. (1989). Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Hidden Sorrow. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books.

Edelman, H. (1994). Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss. New York: Delta Books.

Grollman, E. (1977). Living When a Loved One Has Died. Boston: Beacon Press.

Grollman, E. (1981). What Helped Me When My Loved One Died. Boston: Beacon Press.

Boehner, C. and Cozart, C. (1988). The Widows Handbook: A Guide for Living. Golden, CO; Fulcrum.

Lieberman, M. (1996). Doors Close, Doors Open; Widows, Grieving and Growing. N.Y.: G.P. Putnam.

Nudel, A. (1996). Starting Over: Help for Young Widows and Widowers. N.Y.: Dodd, Mead.

Truman, J. (1987). Letters to My Husband: Notes About Mourning and Recovery. N.Y.: Viking Penguin.

For Children/Adolescents

Blume, Judy. (1981). Tiger Eyes. New York, NY: Bantam Doubleday Dell.

Brown, L. & Brown, M. (1996). When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company.

Buckingham, R. (1991). Coping With Grief. New York: Rosen Publishing Group.

Buscaglia, L. (1982). The Fall of Freddie the Leaf. Slack.

Digiulio, Robert, & Rachel Kranz. (1995). Straight Talk About Death and Dying. New York: Facts on File.

Fitzgerald, Helen (2000). The Grieving Teen: A Guide for Teenagers and Their Friends. New York: Fireside.

Gaffron, Norma. (1989). Dealing with Death. Lucent Books.

Gootman, Marilyn. (1994). When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving and Healing. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.

Gravelle, Karen. (2000). Teenagers Face to Face with Bereavement. iUniverse.

Grollman, Earl A. (1993). Straight Talk About Death for Teenagers: How to Cope With Someone You Love. Boston: Beacon Press.

Hipp, Earl, & Hanson, L.K. (1995). Help for the Hard Times: Getting Through Loss. Center City, MN: Hazelden.

Hyde, Margaret O. (1989). Meeting Death. New York: Walker & Company.

Knox, Jean McBee (1989). Death and Dying. New York: Chelsea House.

L’Engle, Madeline. (1981). A Ring of Endless Light. New York: Random House.

Marsoli, Lisa Ann (1985). Things to Know About Death and Dying. Silver Budgett & Ginn.

McHugh, Mary. (1980). Young People Talk About Death. New York: Franklin Watts.

Paterson, Katherine. (1987). Bridge to Terabithia. New York: Harper Collins.

Scrivani, Mark. (1991). When Death Walks In. Omaha, NE: Centering Corp.

Toole, Donna O. (1995). Facing Change: Falling Apart and Coming Together Again in the Teen Years. Burnsville, NC: Compassion Books.

Traisman, Enid. (1992). Fire In My Heart, Ice in My Veins: A Journal for Teenagers Experiencing Loss. Omaha, NE: Centering Corp.

Traisman, Enid & Janet Sieff (Editors). (1995). Flowers for the Ones You’ve Known: Letters from Bereaved Teenagers. Omaha, NE: Centering Corp.

Wolfert, Alan D. (2001). Healing Your Grieving Heart for Teens. Fort Collins, CO: Companion Press.