The Newly Widowed Checklist was written in collaboration with the Soaring Spirits International:

Soaring Spirits International is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a national support network for people grieving the loss of someone they love. Founded by people who have personally experienced either the death of a spouse, or the death of a parent, our leadership is committed to implementing programs that reach out to a variety of communities across the country. We have several web based programs, and two annual events focused on supporting people who have lost of a spouse. Soaring Spirits International hosts a large database of resources designed to provide practical tools and useful information for people who have experienced any type of loss. Our database is regularly updated, and new information is added monthly. All of our programs are based on the concept of peer-based support, we offer no formal counseling and do not have any therapists or counselors on staff. We help each other to heal by telling our stories, and being available to listen when an understanding ear is needed. Please visit us at

New York Life Foundation supports As a company with a proud history of helping others, New York Life is fully committed to providing those grieving with the tools necessary to cope with a loss. is a valuable collection of stories and resources that will help guide you and your family through the death of a loved one.

Searching for Grief Support in Your Area?  Take a look at this list of resources put together by New York Life Foundation.

Sesame Street – When Families Grieve presents families’ personal stories about coping with the death of a parent, as well as strategies that have helped these families move forward.

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… Because all grieving children deserve a chance to heal.  From their website you can find resources in your neighborhood.

Camp Erin is the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country for children and teens who are grieving a significant loss.  The camp is run by the Moyer Foundation.

Comfort Zone Camp is a bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone Camps are offered to children 7-17, and are held year-round across the Country.

Hello Grief provides information and resources about grief in order to break through the current culture of avoidance that surrounds death and loss. Instead, Hello Grief addresses bereavement head-on for those who are helping others cope, as well as those who need support on their own personal journey with grief. In a world that doesn’t get it, we do.

Acts of Simple Kindness provides financial grants to children, through the age of 18, to continue or pursue extracurricular activities in the areas of education, sports, music and the arts following the death of a parent.

Single Fathers Due to Cancer offers support, information, and resources to fathers as they adjust to being sole parents and work through their grief and that of their children.

Life Lessons Scholarship Program provides college scholarships for college students and college-bound high school seniors who have experienced the death of a parent.