Grief from Multiple Losses

First of all, it is very important that community leaders and the public at large understand more completely the extent to which many frontline care providers are exposed to mass casualties from the opioid-overdose epidemic.


Massachusetts Peer Grief Support Group Directory



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 …


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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …



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. …

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

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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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Kessler’s “Finding Meaning” Follows Loss of Son David Kessler has spent thousands of hours with people all over the world studying, witnessing, teaching, and writing …

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Meaning Is Found in Acts of Love By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor Back in 1975 when I was a psychology major in college, I …

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Find a Source of Comfort on Thanksgiving Day By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor This year, traditional Thanksgiving gatherings are being altered by safety protocols …

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Peer Grief Helper Profile: Kathy Leonard By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor On December 16, 2014, Kathy Leonard and Jonathan Testa, her only child, were …

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Mother Tells Story of Grief During COVID By Judy Kelly, Guest Contributor Losing my 28-year-old son Geoffrey to substance use disorder at the beginning of …

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He ‘Walks the Walk’ in Memory of His Friend By Kerry J. Bickford, VOICES Editor There are approximately 22 million Americans in recovery, which makes …

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Helping the Helpers Deserves More Attention In the midst of the overdose epidemic, it is troubling how little help is available for providers who support …


Grief and Stigma

Grieving After an Overdose Death: The First Days (Part One)

Overdose Awareness Day August 31st

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