There is no pain like that of losing a child. The staff of the Children’s Hospital at Providence offer our sincere condolences to you and your family. This poem from Dr. Ruth Hitchcock best expresses our feelings:

I can’t say anything that will make things better,
but I can be there with you and share your anger,
the pain, and the bewilderment.
Most of all, I can let you know that I care
and that I won’t abandon you.

Through the Bereavement Council at the Children’s Hospital at Providence, we are here to support you during this difficult time. The Bereavement Council is an integrated program made up of caregivers from a variety of disciplines. You can turn to us for resources that may help you and your family find peace as you grieve the loss of your precious child.

Please reach out to us at 907-212-3344. We are always here to offer comfort and support.

The Bereavement Council can connect you to grief support groups in the Anchorage area and throughout Alaska. When you’re ready, and if you’re interested, we can help you find an appropriate support group near you.

A support group can give you comfort, as you connect with others who have also lost a child. When you meet others with a shared experience, you may find relief knowing that you’re not alone in your grief.

Providence hospice

Providence Hospice offers grief support groups based on the book Understanding Your Grief by Alan Wolfelt. Facilitated by grief counselors, these open-format groups offer a safe space for sharing stories and bonding with others who have experienced the death of a loved one. Groups last seven weeks and are offered several times per year. For more information: 907-212-4400.

Kodiak Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak offers grief support groups for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one, as well as walking groups, workshops utilizing arts and movement to process grief, and a support program focused on child loss. For more information: or 907-512-0600.

Forget me not grief center of Alaska

Support groups for children, teens, and families who are grieving the death of loved ones. Peer-driven grief support groups are offered twice monthly with all participants divided into groups based on age and developmental stage. For more information

Anchorage child loss support group

An open discussion group, sponsored by The TEARS Foundation and the Center for Child Loss. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month, and any bereaved parent is welcome, including those who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth.  The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month, and any bereaved parent is welcome. For more information: or contact Kim Hatt: 907-529-4289.

Survivors of suicide

Survivors of Suicide groups, led by Alaska Police and Fire Chaplains’ Ministries, are designed to support the family and friends of those who have died by suicide, helping them to find relief and understanding, to integrate this loss into their life, and to move forward. Meets the first Tuesday of each month. For more information call 907-272-3100.

Southcentral foundation

Southcentral Foundation hosts a weekly Grief and Loss Learning Circle. Connect with Native community, and express thoughts and feelings with peers who understand loss. For more information: or 907-729-5440

Mat-Su grief support

Mat-Su Grief Support is for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. It is a place for listening and sharing coping strategies for working through grief. The group meets every Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church. For more information: or call Karl and Joyce at 907-373-0842.

Foundation health partners hospice services

Foundation Health Partners Hospice Services offers support groups for those grieving the death of a loved one, including groups specifically for women and groups utilizing the Grief Recovery Method. For more information: or 907-458-3090.

Life after loss

Life After Loss is a weekly support group open to any UAF student who has experienced loss. Group members will give grief a voice, giving meaning and healing a seat at the table, offering peace and the experience of feeling deeply known and seen. For more information:

Delta presbyterian – faith Lutheran church

Delta Presbyterian – Faith Lutheran Church offers GriefShare groups in Delta Junction (see reverse.) When groups are not running, Rev. Rich Mauer is available as a grief coach for anyone in the community. Contact or 907-388-9685.

Peninsula community health services

Peninsula Community Health Services sponsors support groups in Soldotna using the Grief Recovery Method. For more information, call Gail Kennedy at 907-602-9944.

Hospice of the central Peninsula

Hospice of the Central Peninsula offers grief support groups and bereavement services in Soldotna for community members in need of such support, including Camp Mend-A-Heart for children ages 6 to 12. For more information: or 907-262-0453.

Hospice of homer

Hospice of Homer offers grief groups, which are open to anyone suffering loss and experiencing bereavement. For more information: or 907-235-6899.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak

Hospice and Palliative Care of Kodiak offers grief support groups for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one, as well as walking groups, workshops utilizing arts and movement to process grief, and a support program focused on child loss.

For more information: or 907-512-0600.

Bartlett regional hospital

Bartlett Regional Hospital offers a Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group on the last Wednesday of each month. This is a safe space to share and listen, to connect and learn from one another. For more information: 

Hospice of Haines

Hospice of Haines offers a series of grief groups each fall, as well as monthly meetings throughout the year. They also provide one-on-one support and grief companions, including support for bereaved children and teens. For more information: or 907-766-3929.

PeaceHealth Ketchikan hospice

PeaceHealth Ketchikan Hospice offers community bereavement services, which may include grief support groups. For more information, or to find out when groups will be available, call 907-228-7600.

The ANTHC behavioral wellness clinic

The ANTHC Behavioral Wellness Clinic offers group counseling via telehealth to Alaska Native people located anywhere in the state. Available groups may include Grief, Loss and Bereavement, as well as Healing Complicated Grief. For more information: or 907-729-2492.

Victims for Justice

Victims For Justice holds a monthly support group for those who have lost loved ones to homicide anywhere in Alaska. Groups are held via Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information: or 907-531-9956.


GriefShare is a Christ-centered grief support ministry designed to facilitate connection, recovery, and rebuilding after loss. Groups meet weekly in Anchorage, Big Lake, Delta Junction, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer, Salcha, Valdez and Wasilla. For more information:

The internet can also be a good place to seek solace when you’re grieving. We recommend the following online resources:

Bereaved Families of Ontario
A Canadian-based site, it provides support for people who have lost an immediate family member, including an infant. Monthly articles, newsletters and a resource guide are available.

Bereaved Parents of the USA
Bereaved Parents is a nationwide organization designed to aid and support bereaved parents and their families. 

Centering and Grief Digest Magazine
A nonprofit organization providing supportive grief literature on all aspects of loss. 

The Compassionate Friends
A national parent-to-parent support group. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and to provide information to help others be supportive.

A site providing information, support and forums for women and their partners who have experienced the loss of a baby.

First Candle
First Candle is a national nonprofit committed to the elimination of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) and stillbirth through education, advocacy and research while providing compassionate support to bereaved families.

HAND: Helping After Neonatal Death
HAND is a nonprofit volunteer group founded in the early 1980s to provide support and information to bereaved parents, their families and friends following a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.

Hannah's Prayer Ministries
Hannah's Prayer Ministries desires to provide Christian-based support and encouragement to couples around the world who are struggling with the pain of fertility challenges, including infertility, pregnancy loss and early infant death.

MISS Foundation
The mission of the MISS Foundation is to allow a safe haven for parents to share their grief after the death of a child. The MISS Foundation provides support to parents enduring the tragedy of stillbirth, neonatal death and infant death from any cause, including SIDS, congenital anomalies or trisomy 13. Grief education for parents and professionals is the main focus.

M.E.N.D.: Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death
M.E.N.D. is a Christian nonprofit corporation with a purpose to reach out to those who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death and offer a way to share experiences and information through meetings, a bi-monthly newsletter and a website. 

SIDS Network
This site has information, education and support tools regarding SIDS.

SPALS: Subsequent Pregnancy After a Loss Support
SPALS is a group of people who have experienced the loss of a child due to miscarriage, elective termination, stillbirth, neonatal death, sudden infant death or accidental death.

SOFT: Support Organization for Trisomy 18, 13 and Related Disorders
SOFT provides support to families with a child born with a trisomy chromosome disorder. This organization published a regular newsletter, provides information on the care their children may need and offers support when their child dies.