Losing a loved one is an incredibly difficult and challenging experience. UCSF Medical Center has a number of resources available to help you with the most common and confusing decisions faced by families and friends after the death of a loved one.
Social workers can provide emotional support and assist with referrals to counseling and support groups. Chaplains from many faiths are available for spiritual guidance. Our Patient Relations Department can help with planning after the death of a loved one.
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Bereavement Services and Information:
- Planning for Burial or Cremation
How to plan for burial or cremation and memorials, including a directory of local funeral homes and cremation services
- Practical Tasks Following Death
Who to notify, important documents to compile and other tasks following a death
- Grief, Bereavement and Healing
Understanding the process of grief, how to get help and how to support children through grief
- Books and Movies About Loss
Books and movies for adults, children and teens going through grief
- Bereavement Resources and Services
Local and national resources that provide support groups, individual counseling, 24-hour hotlines and other services for adults and teens in grief
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.
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Spiritual Care Services
Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.