12 Best Free or Affordable Online Grief Support Groups

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Grief can be an isolating experience, especially as the days pass and others around you move on from a loss. You may feel like you’re taking a loss harder than those around you and may not want to talk about it out loud. You may have tried a grief support group in person and found that the in-person interaction is too intense. On the flip side, you may really appreciate your in-person grief support group and may crave more of the same interactions online.

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Online grief support groups may be a good option for you, especially if you’ve squeezed as much as you can from books about death. Various organizations sponsor forums, online sharing areas, or group chats.

These are a great way for you to receive supportive comments and responses and remind you that you aren’t alone. Here are some of the best online grief support groups to help you through grief.

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Best Grief Support Groups for Young Adults

Some groups tailor their resources toward helping young adults through grief. These groups specifically address this experience. 

1. Actively Moving Forward by HealGrief

Actively Moving Forward is the young-adult arm of the larger grief support network called HealGrief. This group offers a variety of avenues for sharing and receiving help during your grief journey. Young adults can tap into a Facebook group, a retreat for grieving young adults, and ways to memorialize those lost through kind actions.

One of HealGrief’s most innovative programs is a partnership with a text-messaging service called GriefCoach. These personalized messages go to your support network. They help your network to check in on your hard days, such as a death anniversary, and also offer emotional support.

2. Hope Again UK

Hope Again UK offers the opportunity to make personal video stories. Viewing and supporting other people who share this way can be a real benefit.

When you are in the throes of grief, you may want reminders that other young people are going through this as well. 

3. What’s Your Grief? Webinars and Podcasts

What’s Your Grief? offers e-courses, podcasts, and articles about grief and loss. The organization is very active on social media and provides a place to connect through YouTube videos and Facebook live streams.

It holds in-person training and online webinars. The goal is to engage face-to-face with others who do the work of processing grief. WYG resources often help you move through your grief journey and learn about ways to support others in the future. 

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Best Grief Support Groups for Someone Whose Parent Died

Losing a parent at any age can leave you feeling like you don’t have your most trustworthy loved one anymore. These groups offer you the opportunity to share with others who are coping with parent loss and can help you move forward. 

4. Grief in Common Coaching and Chat

Grief in Common focuses on finding someone who you can meet in person via a profile-matching system and other online components. It offers phone consultations on how to move through grief and live chat rooms about losing a parent.

Grief in Common’s system focuses on the fact that sharing a loss can be a robust connector for people.

5. Grief Anonymous Facebook Pages

Grief Anonymous follows an in-person meeting model similar to other anonymous support groups and has a vast network of Facebook pages. Connecting on the appropriate Facebook page for others who have lost a parent gives you a place to share.

You can read and respond to others’ posts and you’ll be able to understand that others are moving through this pain as well. 

6. My Grief Angels

My Grief Angels offers extensive resources, including forums, articles, and a large grief support directory. As you grieve a deceased parent, you may feel you’ve moved to a new country and you don’t understand its customs or language.

The “residents” of My Grief Angels work to create resources that give people a path through this unfamiliar period of your life. 

Best Grief Support Groups for Someone Who Lost a Sibling

Losing a sibling, especially without warning, is shocking and upsetting. You can connect with others who have also lost siblings through various online communities. Doing so can be a significant part of accepting your grief and commemorating someone who served an important role in your life.

7. GriefShare Daily Emails — “A Season of Grief”

GriefShare is a national network of in-person meetings. The organization has introduced a unique form of support through its daily email program.

After you lose a sibling, these emails don’t require a response but offer you a thought for the day and ways to meditate. These emails can be a good option for someone who isn’t yet ready to put his or her feelings into words.

8. GriefHealingDiscussionGroups.com

Grief Healing Discussion Groups offers a simple website with a forum design. It’s divided into different types of grief in various sections. The section that discusses grief when your sibling dies is where people share their stories of sibling loss and its aftermath.

People ask big-picture questions about grief and bring up specific concerns about coping in the immediate days and months after a sibling’s death. Participation is free, though donations are accepted and encouraged.

9. Online Grief Support Group

Online Grief Support Group includes forums, and it’s possible to find small, private groups that can relate to your particular experience.

For example, you can find a group where people have specifically lost a sister; there's also one about losing someone suddenly. You may be able to find people whose circumstances are closer to your own because it may help you find more camaraderie and comfort. There is also a live chat area, a journaling blog feature, and an overall anonymity policy.

Best Grief Support Groups to Join After the Death of a Spouse

Losing a spouse has many immediate and long-term impacts, all of which can make the grief process more drawn out for you. An excellent online grief support group will remind you to take the time you need and can offer you practical tips for the hardest parts of this process. It can be there for you when you need someone to talk to and feel alone. 

10. Griefnet.org Groups for Loss of a Spouse

Griefnet.org has many specific groups and allows people to join for a suggested donation of $10 per month, which keeps the groups small and specifically for those who have experienced the same struggle.

There are groups for widows with children, for those who have lost a spouse or partner and even for those who have been on their grief journey for a while. Each area allows you to read and understand what others are going through and use that knowledge to make your own path a little clearer.

11. Grieving.com Forums for Spouse Loss

Grieving.com creates a safe space for you as you grieve. Grieving.com is a particularly rich resource because it offers polls to see why people do and don’t engage in the forums, thousands of posts and replies and links to many other grief resources.

The sections on the loss of a spouse are where you can share your story, ask for practical advice and suggest beneficial habits like journaling. It costs $1.99 per month to participate.

12. HealGrief’s Online Resources

HealGrief offers specific programming that we’ve already mentioned for young people. HealGrief also offers a few valuable online resources that move beyond a typical forum. It has a Candle Gallery, where you can light a virtual candle as you think of a lost spouse.

HealGrief also offers larger virtual memorial sites that you can create to celebrate your partner’s life. Finally, its Artful Healing section allows you to create art, photography, and stories to share what someone important means to you during your season of loss.

Get Online Grief Support for Your Grief Journey 

Many online grief support services have multiple forums for different grief experiences, so you may find other useful resources by surveying all 12 of these options. A variety of in-person services like Our House Grief Support Center or the Dougy Center may be able to connect you through a Facebook group to other individuals who are also going through the same thing as you. Doing so will help you so you don’t have to go through an in-person group. 

You might find that you still want additional answers but don’t necessarily feel up for a conversation. Remember that there are also a wide variety of articles, books on grief, and videos that allow you to receive wisdom without engaging socially.

It may take time to find comfort, but know that so many others have coped with loss and want to help ease your suffering. The first step is to look through these groups and find the ones that can offer you the best experience for your needs.

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