Motherland is honored to include the following organizations as supportive Partners in healing:
Dreamcatcher Foundation, South Africa
Volunteer placement for Motherland coordinated by The Dreamcatcher Foundation, South Africa.
The Open to Hope Foundation
OTH was founded by leading experts in the field of Grief & Bereavement, Doctors Gloria and Heidi Horsley. The foundation provides an online forum to support people who have experienced loss: to help them cope with their pain, heal their grief and invest in their future. OpentoHope.com is an online website where people can share inspirational stories of loss and love. They encourage visitors to read, listen and share their stories of hope and compassion.
CorStone (Formerly Attitudinal Healing Center)
In the U.S. and around the world, CorStone helps people deal with conflict and crisis.
We support individuals facing and recovering from setback, trauma and adversity.
We provide training to help people communicate effectively, yet peacefully, in difficult situations.
We help people find commonality with others despite great differences.
Our goal is to develop and support emotional resilience – the ability to function competently, powerfully and peacefully under stress. Emotional resilience reinforces people’s confidence that they can help themselves and others. It enables individuals, families and communities to face challenges, develop and maintain a positive attitude, make healthful choices, and solve problems on every scale.
Since its inception, the organization has provided trainings and workshops in over 50 countries to thousands of adults and children facing life-threatening illness, conflict and adversity.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life.
There are thousands of GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the US, Canada and in over 10 other countries. There’s one meeting near you!
Mothers in Sympathy and Support
The MISS Foundation is a 501 (c) 3, volunteer based organization committed to providing crisis support and long term aid to families after the death of a child from any cause. MISS also participates in legislative and advocacy issues, community engagement and volunteerism, and culturally competent, multidisciplinary, education opportunities.
Our vision is that our programs will serve to strengthen families and communities when a child has died, and that through education and research, we will help to reduce the number of child deaths. No family should have to endure the pain of a child family member's death alone: The MISS Foundation is committed to building interdisciplinary communities that provide long-term support to families after a child's death. We are committed to the memory of the children who lived, who died, and who continue- even in death- to matter.
"A community of sorrow is the strongest community of all."
Good Grief Resources
An online collection of grief-support resources that provides you with complete contact information to find the products and services that will help you on your grief journey or, if you are a caregiver, to help you discover excellent support resources for all kinds of loss.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS)
was founded in the wake of a military tragedy -- the deaths of eight soldiers aboard an Army National Guard aircraft in November 1992. In the months and years following the loss of their loved ones, the survivors turned to various grief support organizations for comfort; but when they turned to each other for comfort and to share common fears and problems, they found strength and truly began to heal. They realized that the tragedy they shared, losing a loved one in the line of military duty, was far different from other types of losses. They shared pride in their spouses' service to America, and tremendous sadness at the ultimate sacrifice their loved ones made.
Military and veterans' agencies provide exceptional services, but often those most in need of answers to complicated questions lack the energy and perseverance to track down information in an often complicated bureaucracy. TAPS has experienced, empathetic caseworkers who act as liaisons, assisting the family members in finding solutions to problems. Working hand in hand with the appropriate federal, state and private agencies, they have been successful in helping find solutions to problems that arise long after the official file has been closed.
The Sibling Connection
The SiblingConnection is a not-for-profit organization, based in St. Louis, Missouri. Our vision is that bereaved siblings will receive the support they need. Our mission is to provide resources to grieving siblings through counseling, the SiblingConnection website, education, research, writing, and to raise public awareness about the profound impact of sibling loss. On the web site you can learn about the grief process from movies, art and psychology;read articles; and find stories from other site visitors.
Rowan Tree Foundation
Rowan Tree Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is powered by 100% volunteer staff. Our mission is to provide ongoing support and resources for families who are coping with the devastating loss of a much-loved child. We carry out this mission by offering online peer support forums, outreach services, memorial events, education, and awareness opportunities for families dealing with the loss of a child during pregnancy, stillbirth, or infant death.
Our vision is of a world where pregnancy and infant loss is treated openly and bereaved families are given the support they need, free of charge. We envision a system that responds to the child's death by providing the bereaved with resources and information to know what services are available to them in coping with their loss. We hope to help change the way child loss is addressed so that parents have access to compassionate care that respects the humanity of their child, the gravity of the loss, and the lifelong impact that the loss of a child has on the family.
Because it is okay to talk about child loss.
Violent Crime Victim Services
(VCVS) provides services in our community for the victims' survivors of homicide. We endeavor to act as an advocate for these families by offering them peer support groups, peer court support, crisis intervention, mental health referrals, and faith community referrals. VCVS strives to act as an advocate to ensure that victims receive their constitutional rights, due dignity and respect, and have a meaningful role in the criminal justice system.
Children's Hospice International (CHI)
a non-profit organization, was founded in 1983 to:
- Promote hospice support through pediatric care facilities
- Encourage the inclusion of children in existing and developing hospice, palliative, and home care programs
- Include the hospice perspectives in all areas of pediatric care, education, and the public arena.
CHI provides education, training and technical assistance to those who care for children with life-threatening conditions and their families.
National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. Since its inception in 1985, the National Center has worked with grassroots organizations and criminal justice agencies throughout the United States serving millions of crime victims.
The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.
Working with local, state, and federal partners, the National Center for Victims of Crime:
- Provides direct services and resources to victims of crime across the country;
- Advocates for laws and public policies that secure rights, resources, and protections for crime victims;
- Delivers training and technical assistance to victim service organizations, counselors, attorneys, criminal justice agencies, and allied professionals serving victims of crime; and
- Fosters cutting-edge thinking about the impact of crime and the ways in which each of us can help victims of crime rebuild their lives.
Citizens Against Homicide
Citizens Against Homicide is a non-profit, public benefits organization serving families and friends of homicide victims. (It is a sister organization to Justice For All, headquartered in California). The majority of the board members of Citizens Against Homicide have had a family member murdered. They are surviving the devastating loss of a loved one and still suffer the continued emotional trauma of coping with our criminal justice system. They have joined together to create a voice for the survivors and friends of murder victims. The objectives of CAH are to:
- Assist families through the complicated criminal justice system.
- Provide trial and courtroom support to victims.
- Accompany victims to parole hearings in their endeavor to keep the convicted murderer in prison.
- Provide information on pending crime legislation.
The Dougy Center
The Dougy Center provides a safe place for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death to share their experiences. We do this through peer support groups, education, and training. The Dougy Center serves 350 children and their 200 adult family members each month. Our 23, open-ended peer support groups meet every other week and are divided by age, type of death (illness, sudden death, murder, suicide) and who died (parent, sibling). The concurrent 23 adult support groups meet at the same time for the caregiver of the child or teen who is attending group. Since our founding, The Dougy Center has served over 20,000 children, teens and their families and has received national and international acclaim for our pioneering peer support model for helping children cope with the death of a family member. Through our National Training Program and training materials, thousands have learned how to help grieving children and 165 programs modeled after The Dougy Center have been established worldwide.
Grief Watch is a ministry of Metanoia Peace Community , a congregation of the United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon. The Grief Watch mission is twofold: first, to offer spiritual, emotional and other support to persons who are grieving, and second, to assist organized efforts which address the systemic injustices within our society which are the source of grief for persons who are poor and marginalized.
As part of its mission to the bereaved, Grief Watch and its companion program, Perinatal Loss, publish books, videotapes, audiotapes and other helpful resources aimed at persons who have suffered loss. These resources are distributed by mail order to hospitals, schools and individuals throughout the United States and Canada. The most recent publication from Grief Watch is a unique, full-color storybook for children of all ages, entitled TEAR SOUP, co-authored by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen, illustrated by Taylor Bills.
In Portland the program also sponsors several local “Brief Encounter” groups for bereaved parents who have lost children through miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death. Grief Watch also hosts regular meetings of Parents of Murdered Children Suicide Bereavement Support and AIDS support.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s® (NCMEC) mission is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation; help find missing children; and assist victims of child abduction and sexual exploitation, their families, and the professionals who serve them.
- Serves as the national resource center and information clearinghouse for missing and exploited children
- Operates a national 24-hour toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), to intake reports of missing children and receive leads about ongoing cases
- Operates the CyberTipline, the “9-1-1 for the Internet,” that the public and electronic service providers may use to report Internet-related child sexual exploitation
- Deploys Team Adam, a rapid response and support system comprised of retired law enforcement officers, to provide on-site technical assistance to local law enforcement agencies investigating cases of child abduction and sexual exploitation
- and much more......
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
(AFSP) is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.
To fully achieve its mission, AFSP engages in the following Six Core Strategies:
- Funds scientific research
- Offers educational programs for professionals
- Educates the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
- Promotes policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
- Provides programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and involves them in the work of the Foundation
- Provides programs and resources for people with mood disorders and their families, and involves them in the work of the Foundation
Twinless Twins Support Group International
We provide support for twins and other multiples who have lost their twin due to death or estrangement at any age. The unique aloneness we feel can best be understood by another twinless twin.
Our mission is to provide a safe and compassionate community for twins to experience healing, understanding, and a desire to help others cope with the loss of their twin.
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing is a premier resource for addressing grief in adults and children. We provide mental health services, training, and education to ease the impact of illness, loss, and bereavement. We respect individuals and their experiences, understand the pain of loss, and support people in times of illness and death.
The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing understands the need to reach out for help when the stress associated with illness and loss is overwhelming. We also understand that not everyone has the means to pursue professional or peer assistance and people often feel lost among the countless support options now available. We have created this web site in an attempt to provide useful, practical and accessible information for those interested in learning more about the process of healing around life-challenging illness, loss and grief.
We are here for grieving people and those who care for and love them. We will provide the best grief literature possible. We will develop needed books and provide caring workshops. We will help support groups find the resources they need to make a difference. We are sensitive to the needs of others and to our own needs. Each call into our office will find a caring voice on the other end with time to listen and readiness to help. We will participate in continuing education events every year to increase our own expertise and to help us develop spiritually and emotionally. We look at the challenges before us as positive, rewarding experiences. We will not set limits beneath our potential. We will treat ourselves and others with respect. We will encourage creativity and new ideas. We will enjoy the changes that come.
How to Survive Your Grief... When Someone You Love has Died
By Susan Fuller is a comprehensive, easy to read guide to grief and grieving. Includes the normal and natural reactions to grief, what these reactions mean, what to do about them, when to get help and an absolutely foolproof way to know whether your healing is on track.
THE AUTHOR IS OFFERING THIS BOOK FREE DURING GRIEF SUPPORT WEEK! Thank you, Susan!
Click this link starting Dec 15: