Grief and Coping Care

Below is a list of organizations that provide a variety of grief and bereavement resources. If you are aware of additional organizations that provide assistance to the bereaved, please contact IFDA with your suggestions.

AARP Grief and Loss

600 E Court Ave., Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: 1.866.554.5378

Resources Offered: Widow to widow support group.

American Association of Suicidology

5221 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20015

Phone: 202.237.2280
Fax: 202.237.2282

Resources Offered: A resource for anyone concerned about suicide.

American Childhood Cancer Organization

6868 Distribution Drive
Beltsville, MD 20705

Phone: 855.858.2226 Ext. 102

Resources Offered: A national support group for victims of childhood cancer and their families.

American SIDS Institute

528 Raven Way
Naples, FL 34110

Phone: 239.431.5425
Fax: 239.431.5536

Resources Offered: Families grieving the death of an infant.

Big Brothers / Big Sisters of America

2502 N. Rocky Point Drive, Suite 550
Tampa, FL 33607

Phone: 813.720.8778
Fax: 813.749.9446

Resources Offered: Programs are available to children who have had one or both parents die.

Center for Loss in Multiple Births

PO Box 190401
Anchorage, AK 99519

Resources Offered: National organization that provides resources and referrals for parents who have lost one or more children in multiple births.

The Compassionate Friends

1000 Jorie Blvd., Suite 140
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Phone: 877.969.0010

Resources Offered: A national group for parents whose child has died.

Central Iowa Chapter

3601 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266

Marshalltown Chapter

2409 South 6th St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158-4406

Story County Area

3816 Fletcher Blvd.
Ames, IA 50014

Concerns for Police Survivors

PO Box 3199
S. Hwy. 5
Camdenton, MO 65020

Phone: 573.346.4911

Iowa Chapter

Yanira Scarlett, President
PO Box 52
Granger, IA 50109

Phone: 515.559.6923

Every Step Grief & Loss Services

Amanda the Panda

1821 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Phone: 515.223.4847

Resources Offered: A bereavement counseling group for children in camp setting.

First Candle

49 Locust Avenue, Suite 104
New Canaan, CT 06840

Phone: 1.203.966.1300

Resources Offered: Provides support for new and expecting parents or those dealing with stillbirth and SIDS.

Hope for the Bereaved, Inc.

4500 Onondaga Blvd.
Syracuse, NY 13219

Phone: 315.475.9675

Resources Offered: A national organization with support groups.


511 E. John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75062


Iowa Chapter

30805 216th Street
Bellevue, IA 52031

Phone: 563.872.4474

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

1731 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone:  703.837.1500

National Organization for Victim Assistance

510 King Street, Suite 424
Alexandria, VA 22314

Information and Referrals for Victims of Crime and Disaster:

Phone: 703.535.6682

Resources Offered: Support referral service for families of violent crimes victims.

Parents of Murdered Children

635 West 7th Street, Suite 104
Cincinnati, OH 45203

Phone: 513.721.5683

Resources Offered: This group offers grief support groups and resources to help victims of violent crimes understand the justice system.

Parents Without Partners

1650 S. Dixie Hwy., Ste. 510
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Phone: 561.391.8833

Resources Offered: A national organization for single parents either through death or divorce.

Polk County Crisis & Advocacy Service

2309 Euclid Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50310

Phone: 515.286.3600

Resources Offered: Provides assistance to victims of crime in Polk County.