Helping Yourself Heal
You may find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster right now, but you and your family are more likely to reach a healthy, positive resolution of your grief if you have continuing support and understanding. Try the resources below to sustain and guide you through your journey.
LifeGift Publications and Affiliates
Donor Family Resource Guide
LifeGift has created a booklet featuring helpful information from several sources involved in grief counseling, as well as family members who have experienced the death of a loved one and made the generous decision to donate organs and tissues.
A Child’s Place for Remembering. Created, developed and generously shared by our colleagues, Robin L. Cowherd and team, at LifeNet Health in Virginia Beach, Va.
It’s a “HECK” of a Blanket
Shannon Lenox, mother of organ donor Roy Heck, makes no-sew fleece blankets with scriptures or words of comfort embroidered on them.
Organ Donor Hall of Fame
Sheree Jones, mother of donor Chad Jones, has traveled the country, honoring organ, eye and tissue donors with the Organ Donor Hall of Fame developed by her organization, Donate 4 Life. On her website, you can learn more about how to induct your loved one into this very special Hall of Fame inspired by her beloved son.
Local Organizations and Support Groups
Houston and Surrounding Area
Bo’s Place is a bereavement center offering grief support services to children ages 3 to 18 and their families who have experienced the death of a child or an adult in their immediate family. Bo’s Place is founded on the belief that grieving children sharing their experiences with each other greatly helps in their grief journey. Programs for grieving adults are also available.
The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends is a nonprofit, self-help support organization for families who are grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause.
- The Compassionate Friends - Houston Inner Loop
- The Compassionate Friends - Houston West
- The Compassionate Friends - Spring
- The Compassionate Friends - Katy
Institute for Spirituality and Health Bereavement Group
The Institute for Spirituality and Health in the Texas Medical Center invites anyone who is grieving the loss or anticipated loss of a loved one to attend its weekly bereavement group, which takes places every Tuesday. For more information, call 713-797-0600.
Sunshine Thru The Rain
Sunshine Thru The Rain is dedicated to helping children that have suffered the loss of one or both parents. The organization provides children with grief counseling, helping them get through tragedy. Sunshine Thru the Rain offers programming that surrounds each member with acceptance, guidance, and reassurance that they are not alone. All children and their families should have a safe and comfortable environment to grieve and grow from their experiences. With Sunshine Thru the Rain, they know that no matter how bad the rain gets, the sun will eventually shine through.
Fort Worth and Surrounding Area
The Warm Place
The Warm Place is a grief support center for children located in Fort Worth, Texas, where children have a safe, free place to express their emotions, with trained counselors to guide them through the grieving process.
Lubbock/Amarillo and Surrounding Area
National Organizations and Support Groups
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Coping with Suicide
If someone you love has died by suicide, you are not alone. There are, sadly, many others who share your sorrow and questions. We are here to help all who are bereaved find the support they need and deserve, honor our loved ones and remember them by how they lived, not how they died, and to provide volunteer opportunities for survivors of suicide loss to get involved in ways that make sense to them.
Center for Loss and Life Transition
Founded in 1983 by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, the Center for Loss and Life Transition is dedicated to “companioning” the bereaved as they mourn transitions and losses that transform their lives. We help mourners by walking with them in their unique life journeys.
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 through peer support groups, education and training.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking. MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge, serving one person every 8.6 minutes through local MADD victim advocates.
National Alliance for Grieving Children
The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.
Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
POMC makes the difference through on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy and awareness. They provide support and assistance to all survivors of homicide victims while working to create a world free of murder. Membership is open to those who have been cruelly bereaved by the murder of a loved one.
The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc. is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. The primary purpose is to support positive resolution of grief experienced following the death of a baby. This support encompasses emotional, physical, spiritual and social healing, as well as sustaining the family unit.
What's Your Grief?
To put it simply, this website is about grief. That probably sounds oversimplified, but grief is a complex, heavy, frustrating, scary, enormous topic. It starts with a death and envelopes everyone from family to friends, to friends of family and friends. Not only is grief an emotional, logistical and existential nightmare, but it is taxing. It requires us to navigate a world without someone important, deal with complex feelings and emotions and figure out ways to move forward when everything seems bleak.
Roy Irwin Heck III loved baseball and fishing – and loved his family and friends with all his being. Once, he modestly told his mom, Shannon Lenox, he wouldn’t mind if she donated his organs and tissues if anything happened to him. Two weeks later, Roy was in a car accident. Roy’s family waited in the ICU for three days before the doctors confirmed his brain death. His organs saved four people. But that was just the beginning. Remembering how cold it was in the ICU, Shannon started the It’s a “Heck” of a Blanket Ministry, embroidering fleece blankets with encouraging words for other donor families, patients waiting for transplants or anyone else who has experienced any type of loss. “Love people today,” she said. “We are not guaranteed tomorrow.”