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Bereavement Resources

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) understands that losing a loved one to a drug overdose can be a traumatic event—one that can be made worse by the stigmas surrounding substance use disorder. No one should handle this grieving process alone. As such, the IDOH, has compiled a list of bereavement resources for those experiencing the loss of a loved one to substance use disorder. Support groups, seminars, and online resources are listed below. Please visit the individual websites for more in-depth information.


The Crisis Text Line

If your grief is causing a crisis situation and you do not know which way to turn, there is immediate help available. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via text. Here’s how it works:

  • Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States about any type of crisis.
  • A live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
  • The volunteer crisis counselor will help you determine the next step.


GriefShare is a 13-week program focused on helping people learn how to understand their grief and move forward again. GriefShare groups meet weekly and consist of three elements: video seminars with experts, support group discussions, and work-based personal study and reflection. GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. Find a group in Indiana for meetings from their official website or by calling the phone number listed below.

Phone number: 800-395-5755

Indiana Funeral Directors Association

The Indiana Funeral Directors Association has compiled a list of grief support services including anonymous online resources, grief support groups, and one-on-one counseling from a licensed therapist. The list includes resources for both parents and children, as well as general and preventative resources.

Look Up Indiana

Look Up Indiana is an online resource that connects individuals who are facing mental illness, substance use disorder, or behavioral health issues with the necessary resources to acquire treatment, including counselor, residential and inpatient providers, recovery residences, shelters, support groups, and more. This resource hub also houses grief support groups, which users can find by using the online portal, the online chat, calling 800-284-8439, or texting LOOKUP to 494949.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), is a free and confidential 24/7/365 information service provided in English and Spanish for individuals and family members facing mental health challenges and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

Page last updated 05/21/2019