Grief Support Groups

Holding a funeral or memorial service for your loved one is a positive first step in the grieving process. Family members and friends get a chance to say their goodbyes and, at the same time, they get to share strong feelings with one another.

In the days, weeks, and months following the service, people continue to need others to lean on for understanding, encouragement, and guidance. For that reason, many support groups have formed. These groups provide a common place and a comforting environment for expressing emotions through each phase of the grieving process. We have provided a directory of support options below for your convenience.



Free Grief Support Groups at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home

At Fairfax Memorial, we offer free grief support groups for the families we have served.  The groups are led by Terri McDermott, LCSW, who is an expert in grief support. We offer one group open for everyone and another group for spouses only. These are free "drop-in" support groups in a casual, welcoming atmosphere.  There is no commitment. Come to one or come to all.  Generally, there are usually about 15 people who attend. Details are mailed out with upcoming dates.  For those wanting more personalized, one-on-one support, Terri McDermott also has a private practice where you can contact her at:    



Local Grief Support

Terri McDermott, LCSW
Local Grief Support Groups
Haven of Northern Virginia
4606 Ravensworth Road
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 941-7000

National Grief Support

Association for Death Education and Counseling
342 Main St.
West Hartford, CT 06117-2507
(860) 586-7503
Parents of Murdered Children Inc. (POMC)
100 E. Eighth St.,
B41 Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 721-5683
(888) 818-POMC
Bereaved Parents of the USA
P.O. Box 95
Park Forest, IL 60466
(630) 971-3490
Center for Loss in Multiple Birth (CLIMB) Inc.
P.O. Box 91377
Anchorage, AK 99509
(907) 222-5321
The Compassionate Friends
48660 Pontiac Trail #930808
Wixom, MI 48393
(877) 969-0010
(Supports families who have experienced
the death of a child)
Concerns of Police Survivors
P.O. Box 3199, So. Highway 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
(314) 346-4911
American Association of Suidicology
4201 Connecticut Ave.,
NW Suite 310 Washington, DC 20049
SIDS Alliance
1314 Bedford Ave.,
Suite 210 Baltimore, MD 21208
(800) 221-7437
(410) 653-8226
Society of Military Widows
5535 Hempstead Way
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 750-1342
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Inc.
(TAPS) 2001 S Street, NW,
Suite 300 Washington, DC 20036
(800) 959-TAPS
(202) 588-8277
Wings of Lights Inc.
16845 N. 29th Ave.,
Ste 1 Phoenix, AZ 85053
(800) 613-8531
(Support and information network for aircraft accident survivors and others directly affected by aviation accidents.)
Terri McDermott, LCSW