About Us:

Lifesharing is one of 58 regional non-profits dedicated to the life-saving and life-enhancing benefits of organ and tissue donation. Lifesharing provides organ recovery, donor family support, and educational services for the diverse population of approximately 3 million people in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Organ and tissue procurement services supply 28 donor hospitals and four local transplant centers with transplantable organs for the ever-growing waiting list of nearly 2,200 San Diego patients and more than 123,000 patients nationwide.

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Grief Links

Phone and Web Resources:

For All Donor Families:

National Donor Family Council
This is the National Kidney Foundation’s website designed for families of organ and tissue donors
1-800-622-9010

Healing the Spirit
Lifenet Health’s extensive bereavement support website aimed to promote healing and peace for donor families

What’s Your Grief?
Website that takes a creative and practical approach to discussing various aspects of grief and loss

Hello Grief
Provides resources about grief focused on breaking the current culture of avoidance that surrounds death and loss

Legacy Connect
Place for individuals and families who have experienced loss of a loved one to tell their story, connect with others in an effort to begin the healing process

For Bereaved Spouses:

AARP Widowed Persons Service
Outreach program where trained widowed volunteers offer support to newly widowed persons of all ages.
1-877-333-5885 (English)
1-888-971-2013 (Spanish)

Society of Military Widows
Serves women whose husbands died while on active military duty. Provides moral support and advice to help widows return to the main stream of normal living.
1-800-842-3451 ext. 1011 or 1003

Camp Widow
Program created for widowed people by widowed people. Weekend long event annually in San Diego focused on recreating the future while honoring the past

For Bereaved Parents:

The Compassionate Friends, Inc
Guidance for families after the loss of a child of any age. Includes chapter locator to help families find local support groups
1-877-969-0010

Bereaved Parents of the USA
National non-profit that offers support, compassion, and hope to newly bereaved parents, grandparents, & siblings. Offers information on local chapters
1-501-847-4102

Alive Alone
An organization that provides a self-help network and publications to promote healing, resolving grief, and reinvesting life for a positive future for bereaved parents

One Bright Star
Provides support to grieving families and offers a place for parents to create a free page in memory of their child’s life
1-507-345-1920

Grief Haven
Offers support to parents and others who have lost a child. Provides an online chat forum.
1-310-459-1789

Loss of an Infant, Stillbirth or Miscarriage:

M.I.S.S. Foundation
Provides counseling and advocacy services to families experiencing death of a child. Counselors are volunteers most of which have first-hand experience in losing a child
1-888-455-6477

First Candle/SIDS Alliance
National non-profit organization dedicated to the support of SIDS families, education, and research
1-800-221-7437

For Grieving Children:

The Dougy Center
Provides a place where children, teens, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences as they move through the healing process.
1-866-775-5683

Friends Way
1-401-921-0980

The Cove Center
1-800-750-2683

Comfort Zone Camp
Offers a free weekend camp for children coping with the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.
1-866-488-5679

The Children’s Room
Offers support and counseling to children ages 3-18 who have lost a parent or sibling in death
1-781-641-4741

The Center for Grieving Children
Program that provides support, guidance, and resources for families and children grieving the loss of a loved one
1-207-775-5216

National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC)
Provides family grief support services and promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death
1-866-432-1542

For Bereaved Siblings:

The Compassionate Friends, Inc
Guidance for families after the loss of a child of any age. Includes chapter locator to help families find local support groups
1-877-969-0010

For Those Affected by Violent Death or Suicide:

Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
National organization for survivors of homicide. Offers peer counseling, individual assistance, support, and advocacy.
1-888-818-7662

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Provides support, resources, and aid to those affected by suicide
1-888-333-2377

Survivors of Suicide
Provides support to those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve grief and pain in their own personal way
619-482-0297

Alliance of Hope
a. Provides healing support for people coping with the shock and complex emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one to suicide
312-933-6777

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