Dr. John C. King

Dr. John C. King, Coroner of Lafourche Parish welcomes to our Grief Support options.

Just as many adults struggle with grief after a death, so children struggle with grief as well.

What You Need to Know

A child's experience of grief may be very different than an adult's, and may require a different approach. Children may feel confused, angry, sad, frustrated, disoriented, and lonely, and may act out these new feelings in aggressive or inappropriate ways. For adults, knowing how to talk to children about their feelings around death can be confusing and challenging.

Many grieving children feel isolated in their experience of grief, and so many resources for grieving children focus on connecting grieving children and teens with other grieving kids. There are a number of weekend and overnight camps for grieving children, as well as in-person support groups, email support groups, and online forums.

Many sites also offer resources for parents and other child caregivers. From family counseling to activities to do with grieving children to ways to talk with grieving children, there are many organizations and resources dedicated to helping children through the difficult emotions of grief.

The Dougy Center: The National Center For Grieving Children And Families

The Dougy Center is located in Portland, Oregon, and offers peer support groups for children and teens (ages 13-18), young adults, and their family members. Groups are free and meet every other week. The site also has a directory of over 500 organizations and groups that provide grief support and services for young people and their families.

National Alliance for Grieving Children

The National Alliance for Grieving Children offers a state-by-state directory of grief support service providers that serve children, teens, and their families. In addition, the site has a section of suggested activities for grieving children, which may be particularly helpful to parents and caregivers trying to reach out to grieving children.

Hello Grief

A resource for teens, Hello Grief is a social site organized around forums where teens can meet and interact with other grieving teens. The site features weekly stories by teens about living with loss, and essays by professionals about coping with grief. In addition, Hello Grief offers a state-by-state list of grief resources and support groups for teens and their parents.


An offshoot of GriefNet.com, KidsAid is a place for children of all ages to connect with and support each other around issues of grief and loss. A peer-to-peer support model, KidsAid encourages children to share their artwork, stories, and experiences with each other, and to ask questions and find answers from the community. The site moderates email support groups for children under 12 and teens ages 13-18.

The Healing Book by Ellen Sabin

This interactive book by author Ellen Sabin is designed to help children and their families express their feelings, ask questions, and explore their memories about a loved one who has died. The book combines the elements of an activity book, a journal, and a conversation-starter to help children understand their feelings of grief and loss.

Camp Erin

Camp Erin is a free weekend-long camp for grieving children and teens ages 6-17, where kids can connect with other kids who have lost a loved one. Camp Erin camps are held at 40 locations nationwide, and are available to all kids who have experienced the death of someone close to them.

Comfort Zone Camp

Comfort Zone Camp is a free camp for grieving children ages 7-17, where kids can learn to cope with grief in a community of grieving children. Comfort Zone Camps are held year-round at locations in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Virginia.

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Center for Loss and Life Transition
A private organization dedicated to furthering our understanding of and compassion for the complex set of emotions we call grief. Dedicated to helping both the bereaved, by walking with them in their unique life journeys, and bereavement caregivers, by serving as their educational liaison and professional forum.

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GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have many email support groups. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of all kinds.

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Grief support information and resources from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

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National Donor Memorial
Grief Net.org - Where Grace Happens
The Compassionate Friends
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families
Children's Grief & Loss Issues
National Kidney Foundation
Center for Loss & Life Transition
Grief Healing
Journey of Hearts: A Healing Place for Those Dealing with Grief
Grief Recovery Method
Coping With Loss: 115 Helpful Websites on Grief & Bereavement

General Books on Coping with Grief

A Guide for the Bereaved Survivor
Authors: Robert Baugher and Marc Calija
Believe: A Young Widow's Journey Through Brokenness and Back
Author: Jennifer Silvera
Finding Your Way after Your Spouse Dies
Author: Marta Felber
Gentle Willow: A Story for Children about Dying
Author: Joyce C. Mill
Giving Life: Inspirational Stories of Hope for the Organ Donors and Recipients
Author: Tom Falsey
Life Between Falls: A Travelogue Through Grief and the Unexpected
Author: Julie Lange
The Free Bird Flies: Choosing Life After Loss
Author: Bert Fife

The Gift that Heals: Stories of Hope, Renewal, and Transformation Through Organ and Tissue Donation
Author: Reg Green
Water Bugs & Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Young Children
Author: Doris Stickney
Celebration of A Life
Author: Sieff and Cellars
A Time to Grieve: Meditations For Healing After the Death of a Loved One
Author: Staudacher, Carol
Campanion Through Darkness: Inner Dialogues On Grief
Author: Ericcson, Stephanie
Man's Search for Meaning
Author: Frankl, Victor
The Orphaned Adult: Understanding and Coping with Grief and Change after the Death of our Parents
Author: Levy, Alexander

Support Groups

The Compassionate Friends
(Parents whose children have died)
For Chapter information in your area: 1-877-969-0010 (English & Spanish)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Crisis Line: 1-800-221-7437
(English & Spanish)
Information on resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Line: 1-273-TALK (8255)
(English & Spanish)
1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Families of Homicide Victims
Safehorizon: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673)
Emotions Anonymous
Contact Number: 651-647-9712

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Raceland, La. 70394

Office: 985-537-7055
Fax: 985-537-3021