Clearinghouse Resources

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Finding Meaning After a Brother Dies of a Drug Overdose

Voice America/Open to Hope This is an audio interview.

The Grief of an Overdose Death — and How You Can Support Someone Grieving a Substance Use Loss

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

amyhorowitz

Peer Grief Helper Profile: Amy Horowitz By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Amy Horowitz was about to launch her first peer grief support group on …

stopstigma

Stigma Lingers After Death from Substance Use By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor “Even though medicine long ago reached a consensus that addiction is a …

colleen gordon

Peer Helper Profile: Colleen & Gordon Bullard By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Fourteen months after Cory Bullard completed an intensive, multi-step recovery program — …

Getting Started

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Massachusetts Peer Grief Support Group Directory

SADOD

Franklin Cook

FJC

SADOD Director Profile: Franklin Cook By Franklin Cook, SADOD Director My story is an old one. I have been in recovery for more than 30 …

fjcapril

Brightly colored artwork

milestone

Milestone Gives Voice to New Vision By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor VOICES is celebrating a milestone as we approach the first anniversary of our …

Share Your Voice Sign

visionsvoices

Your ‘Visions & Voices’ Welcome Here VOICES creates content to help people survive the loss of a loved one to a death from substance use. …

support group circle

ourpeople

Finding ‘Our People’ Is Crucial By Peter Babineau, Learn to Cope Regional Manager Editor’s Note: I joined a Learn to Cope meeting a year ago …

Patrick, Louis, James Avitabile

woundedhealer

A Wounded Healer Remembers By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor, & Ann Ahearn Avitabile, Guest Contributor  Many families suffer silently while their loved ones battle …

Amy Horowitz

amyhorowitz

Peer Grief Helper Profile: Amy Horowitz By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Amy Horowitz was about to launch her first peer grief support group on …

PTSD booklet title

morehelp

Handout Guides Helpers to More Help “When Professional Help Is Needed” is a guide from SADOD for peer grief helpers when they encounter a bereaved …

Janice Kaplan

janice

Peer Grief Helper Profile: Janice Kaplan By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Five days after losing her youngest son to an overdose in 2013, Janice …

Molly and Cory on the mountain

molly

Nurse’s Compassion Strengthened by Grief By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Healthcare providers are faced with more than their share of loss these days. Between …

stopstigma

Stigma Lingers After Death from Substance Use By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor “Even though medicine long ago reached a consensus that addiction is a …

stones and grass

lessonself

Brief Video Shares Self-Compassion Practices A group of peer grief helpers who meet twice a month in Massachusetts to identify and address issues that arise …

Chris and jenn

jenn

Time Stopped When My Brother Died By Jenn Johnson, Guest Contributor I lost my little brother, Chris, on 7/13/18 – a day before my wedding. …

menshow

Grieving Men Show Strength in Vulnerability By David Swindell, Guest Contributor I am a volunteer co-facilitator of a peer grief support group for men bereaved …

debfoley

Peer Helper Profile: Deb Dowd-Foley By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Deb Dowd-Foley is a licensed social worker who has devoted her professional career to …

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peerspowers

Volunteer Testifies to the Power of Peers By Gordon Bullard, Guest Contributor  Whether you are just starting on the rocky, painful road of your grief …

Sketch of Caleb

2brothers

Two Brothers: A Story of Loss and Recovery By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor This is a story about the opioid crisis and how it …

starfish & hope cup

bringwith

Bring Your Loved One with You By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Once upon a time, when we were innocent, there was an almost magical …

Illustration

preventable

Bereaved Ask, Could It Have Been Prevented? Three key questions can affect people’s grief in the wake of a death caused by drugs or alcohol. …

Sarah Morse

sarahmorse

“It is their voices I hear … each day” By Sarah Morse, Guest Contributor “Did you hear about Ben?”  I had been both expecting and …

Tristan and Kathryn

kathrynpeirce

Peer Grief Helper Profile: Kathryn Stygles Peirce By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor In 2017, Kathryn Peirce was approached by Natick 180, “a community coalition …

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