If you are a mental health provider, social worker, psychologist, nurse, physician, spiritual leader/counselor, school counselor, or other licensed professional who wishes to learn how to truly help those suffering from the traumatic death of a loved one, here are some resources and ideas that may help support the important work you do:
- Apply for training and continuing education credit through the Compassionate Bereavement Care® Training & Certification Program
- Learn more about the DSM5 and its potential impact on grieving families.
- Find Dr. Joanne Cacciatore’s published research – especially her ATTEND model
- Learn more about the MISS Foundation. Download the MISS Foundation Information Sheet
Provider Tools & Articles
MISS_Grieving For Adults_Trifold: This informational brochure is intended for parents who have lost a child. It also has information about MISS Foundation services that are available.
MISS_Help_Grieving_Children_Trifold: This brochure provides important information on how to help grieving children in need of compassionate support after a significant loss such as the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent or close friend.
Advice for Funeral Directors and Clergy: A Bereaved Parent’s Perspective This is an article written by one of our bereaved moms that helps guide funeral directors and clergy on what is helpful –and what is not helpful– when dealing with memorial services for a child.
Being Effectively Present: An Invitation to Caregivers Learn how to effectively and compassionately communicate with grieving family members you are trying to help.
Funerals Working with families on funeral arrangements and memorial services
Helpful Ideas for Crisis Responders When a Child Dies Knowing what to say and what to do to help those in crisis takes empathy, understanding and a willingness to learn about grief.
Newsletters Please review some of our archived newsletters for more information that may assist you in your work
Rituals are one way in which many families cope during the holidays Excerpts from Dr. Joanne Cacciatore and Dr. Melissa Flint on bereaved families coping with the holidays with rituals to remember and honor their loved one.
Stillbirth Care Important advice on how to care for a baby who dies in utero
Caring For Families Experiencing Stillbirth Recommendations to policymakers and practitioners who work with families experiencing stillbirth. These recommendations are based on: a) empirical studies, b) anecdotal wisdom, c) direct practice experiences of interdisciplinary clinicians, and d) the advocacy work of grassroots organizations led by bereaved parents.