Grief Support Resources

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On campus

HDS Office of the Chaplain and Religious and Spiritual Life

Swartz 110
Phone: 617.496.7540

Office of Student Life

Swartz 106
Phone: 617.496.3091

Counseling and Mental Health Services

Through Harvard University Health Services

Love you, Miss you: A Peer-Led Grief Support Circle at HDS

(More information is forthcoming on this new group.)

HDS Denominational Counselors

The HDS Office of Ministry Studies employs part-time denominational counselors who serve the needs of several particular faith communities at the Divinity School.

Harvard Chaplains

Harvard Chaplains is the umbrella organization of 38 chaplains representing 26 of the world’s traditions, united in their commitment to serving Harvard’s diverse student communities.

The Memorial Church Grief Group for Students

The Memorial Church holds a Grief Support Group for students each term. The group is limited to 10 participants. If you are interested in being a part of the Grief Support Group, please contact the Reverend Alanna Copenhaver at or 617.496.1426.

Academic Resource Center

The sites below are maintained by organizations external to Harvard Divinity School; their inclusion here does not necessarily imply endorsement by HDS. 

Off-campus bereavement groups

Mount Auburn Hospital Bereavement Support Groups

Mount Auburn Hospital offers three eight-week-long bereavement support groups series a year. Each series will meet for eight Wednesday evenings, 6–7:30 pm in the Clough Conference Room. Any adult who has experienced the death of someone close is welcomed. Participants have experienced the death of a spouse or partner, child, sibling, friend, or other relative. Contact Beth Loomis, director of pastoral care, at or 617.575.8606.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) of Boston: Supporting Family After a Child Dies

Meeting information: first Tuesday of each month 6–7:30 pm
Trinity Church of Boston (Parish House, Lower Level Room A)
206 Clarendon Drive, Boston, MA 02116 or 617.539.6424

Bereavement support groups are offered several times a year in various locations. There is no charge for the group, but registration is required.

Grief Support Resources

On Point, WBUR: How We Grieve January 2, 2015 (episode)

GriefNet: An internet community of people dealing with grief, death, and loss

Actively Moving Forward (AMF): College students supporting one another in grieving theillness or death of a loved one A website that provides listings of local grief support groups

The Dougy Center: The national center for grieving children and families

Center for Loss and Life Transition: Articles and book excerpts

Hold the Door for Others (PDF): A detailed workbook on “Finding Your Way Through Loss and Sudden Adversity”

Help Guide: Coping with Grief and Loss

Hampshire College’s Grief Resources Bibliography (PDF): Extensive bibliography of books organized by subtopic and audience

Six Tips for Dealing with Grief and Loss in Recovery



The Grieving Person's Bill of Rights

Helpful Tips for Grieving College Students

Helping Children to Cope with Grief

Emotional Healing After a Miscarriage

COVID Grief Network for Young Adults (20’s and 30’s)

Dealing with Grief and Bereavement: National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys

What’s Your Grief

The Dinner Party: 20’s and 30’s

Compassionate Friends: Death of a Child 

Resources for Bereavement and Grief: The Memorial Church of Harvard University

Grief Following the Death of a Loved One due to Substance Use Disorder

Survivors of Homicide

Alliance of Hope, for suicide loss survivors

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, for suicide loss survivors

Coping with Grief and Stress (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)