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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Gift Distribution, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health Associations, Unknown

Mission: HealGrief is dedicated to support the bereaved by offering a virtual location, without geographical boundaries, where individuals and a community can communicate death, connect, mourn and heal, while celebrating a loved one’s life. Our commitment is to provide an understanding of grief by increasing universal awareness and education, while offering resources to support a healthy grief recovery.

Results: HealGrief.org takes a modern approach to the way individuals communicate a loved one’s death. Taking advantage of technology and social media, HealGrief.org brings family, friends and communities from around the globe to a local place to grieve and heal together. HealGrief.org helps individuals through the grieving process from the moment a loved one dies. HealGrief.org starts by taking the place of the traditional obituary. At no cost, users create a funeral notice, disseminating it to family and friends around the globe. From within the funeral notice, virtual candles are lit and memories are shared, giving users instant comfort transforming the funeral notice into a memorial and a celebration of the decedent’s life. Through this online interaction, emotions are displayed and discussed in a public and social way like never before. This not only changes the way we handle grief, but also its journey for a healthy grief recovery. All of the functionality, information and resources HealGrief.org provides are completely free-of-charge and unlike others, HealGrief.org will not require a fee to sustain a memorial. Year after year, users are coming back, expressing their thoughts and lighting virtual candles in memory of their loved one.

Target demographics: HealGrief.org understands that grieving over the death of a loved one can seem overwhelming and unmanageable. Normal no longer exists. There’s a new “norm” and it may take months to settle in. The healing process begins as family, friends and community come together to mourn and begin to celebrate the decedent’s life. The decedent’s family is comforted by the sentiments of others and virtual legacy left behind.

Geographic areas served: Death is a life cycle, yet few are seldom prepared for a loved one’s death. It is only when we are faced with the inevitable that one truly understands grief.

Programs: HealGrief.org fills the need as the only complete virtual location that offers everything needed to communicate, mourn and celebrate a loved one’s life, ultimately transforming grief into a healthy grief recovery.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Dad died in 1998 and as a mature woman I was very practical...After all death was part of life and my Dad was fortunate to have lived a long and healthy one. Well needless to say, the more I suppressed my grief, the more out of control my grief was.

The doctors told me I was suffering from depression and medicated me without ever really knowing why I was depressed.

Fast-forward, thank you HealGrief for all the wonderful resources they provide. I learned that my grief was just that, grief. I learned that it was okay and never to late to grieve. The more I identified with the grief, the fewer meds I needed. Now med free, I can think about and talk about my Dad with a smile and warmth in my heart.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found HealGrief.org shortly after my mother died. I wish I had found its services and website earlier. I could have written the obituary on the site, posted the funeral notice and been able to truly communicate my mother's death in a less stressful way than I did. What I did was use HealGrief.org as my resource to help me through the grieving process. I created a memorial for my Mom that will now last forever. The day that I got a bill from Legacy.com (the site that came with my mother's burial) for $375 to perpetuate her online memorial was the day that I realzed that HealGrief.org is an extraordinary nonprofit and the BEST way to communicate death and heal your grief.