I Have A Door Up There

Thank you for visiting I Have A Door Up There. For those who are grieving or interested to learn how others have been coping with grief and loss, the following are a collection of community-based organizations and online resources gathered by the participating artists.

Uplift (Philadelphia, PA) offers peer support groups for children and teens in grades K-12th who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. They are dedicated to building access, building community, and serving the Greater Philadelphia area, which is experiencing alarming rates of trauma, violence, and grief. “Peer support and a caring adult presence help to reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness that children often experience after death. Creative activities and games allow children to express their thoughts and feelings about death.” All programs for grieving children and families are provided free. Uplift Philly generously hosted a deeply useful workshop on grief for this project, which we were grateful to attend and learn from.

Here’s their #upliftathome list of resources and activities designed to bring calm during this time of uncertainty.

Good Grief started in 2004 with a group of concerned volunteers who believed grieving children lacked advocates, beginning by educating teachers and community groups. “The need and response was tremendous. Good Grief builds resilience in children, strengthens families, and empowers communities to grow from loss and adversity.”

Here’s the Good Grief resource list of tips, supports, guides, and language for navigating loss.

COVID Grief Network

“As COVID-19 continues to spread and claim lives around the world, individuals, families, and communities are grieving – whether grief about the death of a loved one to COVID-19, or anticipatory grief about a loved one’s illness. No one should have to do this alone. Our mission at the COVID Grief Network is to provide short term grief support and build long-term community for young adults who are grieving in the midst of this pandemic.”

The COVID Grief Network offers individual support, group support, and online community.

What’s Your Grief

“To put it simply, this website is about grief. As mental health professionals who have experienced significant losses ourselves, we know individual grief is unique and there is no ‘right’ way to cope. Our goal is to create a community that provides hope, support, and education to anyone wishing to understand the complicated experience of life after loss.”

Resources, education and support for grievers, those supporting grievers, and grief professionals.

Mindfulness and Grief

“Our mission is to support people who are bereaved with compassion, wisdom, and practical tools that are grounded in contemporary grief research, inspired by mindfulness-based practices, and in honor of our own stories of love and loss.”

Guided meditations for grief & loss, mindfulness-based tips & articles, and more.

Modern Loss is a place to share the unspeakably taboo, unbelievably hilarious, and unexpectedly beautiful terrain of navigating your life after a death. Beginners welcome. This project grew out of two friends’ separate experiences with sudden loss, and their struggle to find resources that weren’t too clinical, overtly religious, patronizing or, frankly, cheesy.”

Personal essays, resources, creative ideas for exploring loss, and more.

Grieving Together is a process-oriented therapy group for any registered Harvard student who is grieving a loss such as a death of a parent, relative, friend, colleague or similar type of loss. This could be a death for any reason be it a chronic condition, COVID, suicide or any other cause. This may be a recent loss or an old loss that is affecting you at this time.

Room 13 is a confidential and non-judgmental peer counseling service for Harvard undergraduates. “We aim to provide a safe space for students to talk about anything on their minds, no matter what that may be. We counsel on gender, identity, SES, alcohol and drugs, grief, relationships, eating, health, school, and anything else.”

Currently offering confidential, non-judgemental, non-directive group discussions over Zoom with peers trained to listen. (Open every night, 6-10PM ET)