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The Compassionate Friends - Potomac Maryland Chapter
Hope, Health, Healing after the Death of a Child

Potomac Maryland Chapter



Our Chapter has a Library Table which we set up at each meeting. There are many helpful books, CD's etc., available now to help us through our grief journey, and you may borrow books from the Potomac Chapter Library by signing them out and returning them when you have read them.

The Compassionate Friends (TCF) website is an award winning site, which has information on TCF Chapters throughout the country and provides information to assist families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child or sibling. At CompassionateFriends.org , you will find information on its online support community (chat); sibling resources, and links to many other organizations that help bereeaved families, and much more.

WebMD.com children.webmd.com/death-of-a-child-fetal-loss describes a number of good programs which help families who have lost a child.

Local Support Groups in Montgomery County and the Washington Metro Area:

Hospice Caring of Montgomery County offers a free weekly support group for parents who have lost a child. Check out www.hospicecaring.org. For further information and registration, contact Ms. Toby Rabbin, Director of Adult Bereavement at (301) 990-0854.

Montgomery Hospice offers a six-week support group for bereaved parents. Call 301-921-4400 for further information. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Call and register early. www.montgomeryhospice.org

Holy Cross Hospital Bereavement Program offers 8-week support groups for bereaved parents. For more information, please contact Franca Posner, MSW, Bereavement Coordinator, at (301) 754-7742. www.holycrosshealth.org/svc_homecare_bereavement.htm

JSSA, (Jewish Social Service Agency), offers an ongoing group for individuals who have lost a child. Contact Suzanne Adelman, 301-816-2633. JSSA offers services on a non-sectarian basis. Web Page: www.jssa.org E-mail: info@jssa.org.

William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, 4201 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20008. Phone (202) 624-0010 www.wendtcenter.org. E-mail: info@wendtcenter.org


This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of resources. Hopefully this will spark some ideas and point to that which has been helpful to others. Trust your own intuition as you look through these and other resources that you come across. Discover what works for you. And, please feel free to share your favorite discoveries with us, too.


A Broken Heart Still Beats After Your Child Dies, Anne McCracken, Mary Semel
After the Death of a Child, Ann K. Finkbeiner, 1996
Beloved Children and Teens, Earl A. Grollman (editor), 1995
Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul: Stories about Life, Death and Overcoming the Loss of a Loved One, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
Good Night, My Son: A Treasure In Heaven, Ester F. Smucker
Finding Hope When a Child Dies, Subie Miller, 1999
Hannah’s Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived, Maria Housden
How We Grieve, Thomas Atting, 1996
How To Go On Living When Someone You Love Dies, Theresa A. Rando, 1988
Liberating Losses: When Death Brings Relief, Jennifer Elison, Chris McGonigle
Living Through Personal Crises, Ann Kaiser Stearns
Parental Loss of a Child, Theresa A. Rando (editor), 1996
The Grief Recovery Handbook, John W. James and Russell Friedman, 1998
The Worst Loss: How Families Heal From the Death of a Child, Barbara Rosof, 1994
Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal, Alan D. Wolfelt, 1992
When the Bough Breaks: Forever After the Death of a Son or a Daughter, Judith Bernstein
Why Me? Coping With Grief, Loss and Change, Pesach Krauss and Morrie Goldfischer, 1998


A Silent Sorrow: Pregnancy Loss, Guidance and Support for You and Your Family, Ingrid Kohn, Perry-Lynn Moffitt and Isabelle A. Wilkins
An Empty Cradle, a Full Heart: Reflections for Mothers and Fathers After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death, Christine O’Keefe Lafser
Coping With Miscarriage, Mimi Luebberman, 1995
Empty Arms: Coping With Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Death, S. Ilse, 1990
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart: Surviving the Death of Your Baby, Deborah L. Davis, 1991
Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion, Theresa Burke, 2002
How to Go On Living After the Death of a Baby, L.G. Peppers and R. Knapp, 1985
Miscarriage: A Shattered Dream, S. Ilse and L.H. Burns, 1985
Miscarriage: Women Sharing From the Heart, Marie Allen and Shelly Marks, 1993
Mommy, Please Don’t Cry: There Are No Tears in Heaven, Linda DeYmaz
Motherhood and Mourning: Perinatal Death, L.G. Peppers and R. Knapp, 1980
Our Stories of Miscarriage, Rachel Faldet and Karen Fitton (editors), 1997
Peace After Abortion, Ava Torre-Bueno, 1997
Surviving Pregnancy Loss, Rochelle Friedman and Bonnie Gradstein, 1982
Unspeakable Losses: Understanding the Experience of Pregnancy Loss, Miscarriage and Abortions, Kluger-Bell, 1999
When A Baby Dies, Nancy Kohner and Alix Henley, 1995


Motherhood After Miscarriage, Kathleen Diamong, 1991
Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy after a Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Death, Carol Cirulli Lanham
Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy after Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss, Ann Douglas


The Grieving Child: A Parents Guide, Helen Fitzgerald, 1992


The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times, by Pema Chodron
When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Harold S. Kushner, 1981
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, by Pema Chodron


Grief, Dying and Death: Clinical Interventions for Caregivers, Theresa A. Rando, 1984
The Helper’s Journey, Dale G. Larson, 1993


Any resources listed here are offered through recommendations of our members. This Chapter has no affiliations or agreements in place with any organization or practitioner listed here. We encourage you to do your own due diligent consideration before hiring any grief counselor(s).


The Grief Tool Box When it comes to dealing with grief, it can be a challenge to find the resources we need to educate ourselves and our loved ones on what is happening and how to best keep going forward.
Alive Alone - for parents with no surviving children.
In Loving Memory - dedicated to helping parents cope with the death of their only child or all of their children.
MIS (miscarriage, infant and stillbirth) - support group in Maryland Contact: Cubby LaHood at 301.681.5784.
Center for Infant & Child Loss, University of MD Medical School Crisis telephones intervention, newsletters, chat.
Bereaved Parents USA (no local groups)
Mothers in Sympathy and Support (MISS)
SHARE - in support of pregnancy or newborn loss


A Place to Remember - products for Bereaved Parents.
Beyond Indigo - grief, loss online support.
Compassion Books - good source when all else fails. Especially good for older published dates.
Everashleymusic.com. A site dedicated to the memory of Ashley Pedersen by her father, Alan Pedersen, a gifted songwriter, who writes in memory of his daughter and has performed for many Compassionate Friends chapters around the country.
GriefNet - various resources, inspiration, etc.
Half.com by EBay – Low prices for books, cds and dvds.
Mattie Stepanek - During his 13 years of life, this remarkable young man taught us well. His books of poetry and various activities are an inspiration to all.

Potomac Maryland Chapter
The Compassionate Friends
798 Kimberly Court East
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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