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HDS Office of the Chaplain and Religious and Spiritual Life
Office of Student Life
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.)
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.496.1426.
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 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 email@example.com or 617.575.8606.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.org: 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
GriefShare.org: 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: A detailed PDF workbook on “Finding Your Way Through Loss and Sudden Adversity”
Hampshire College’s Grief Resources Bibliography (PDF): Extensive bibliography of books organized by subtopic and audience
Dealing with Grief and Bereavement: National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys
Resources for Bereavement and Grief: The Memorial Church of Harvard University
Grief Following the Death of a Loved One due to Substance Use Disorder
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)