Condolence Messages
Words of condolences message samples for expressing words of sympathy to someone after the loss of a loved one. Use these condolences examples to help you write your condolences in cards or letters of sympathy.


California Funeral Directors Association (CFDA)
California Funeral Directors Association, is the association for funeral Directors in the State of California. This association fosters and perpetuate high ethical standards for funeral service professionals. Members are to honor the stated wishes of the deceased and respect to confidence of every family served.

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)
The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), founded in 1882, is the largest funeral service organization in the world. It is governed by a nine-member Executive Board, a Policy Board made up of representatives from every state, and a House of Delegates. The number of delegates is based on the number of members in a state. NFDA's headquarters, staffed by approximately 40 employees, is in Brookfield, Wisconsin. In 1997, NFDA added a government relations office in Washington, DC, to handle legislative and regulatory issues for its members.

Genealogy Resources


Department of Consumer Affairs
State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs, Cemetery and Funeral Bureau.
The state agency for the licensing and regulation of Funeral Establishments, Funeral Directors, Embalmers, Apprentice Embalmers and Cemeteries.

Federal Trade Commission
United States, Federal Trade Commission. The federal agency that enforces the "Funeral Rule" for consumer protection.

Grief Services

Alive Alone
An organization for educational and charitable purposes, to benefit bereaved parents whose only child or all children are deceased by providing a self-help network and publications to promote communication and healing.

Crisis, Grief and Healing
A Grief and Healing Discussion Site

Grief Tips
Willowgreen is a provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality.

Grief Resources Catalog
A resource center dedicated to providing grief support products for those who may be grieving the loss of a loved one. The grief support materials found here are designed to assist those in a journey through grief and for friends, relatives, and grief professionals who want to help someone who is experiencing grief.

A nonprofit Internet site offering a wide variety of grief and bereavement resources.

Hinds Hospice
Since 1981, the staff at Hinds Hospice has been helping patients and their families throughout the Valley in their time of need. The quality and knowledge of our staff in caring for the terminally ill has allowed us to become the respected name in hospice care in the Central Valley.
We understand the overwhelming physical, emotional land spiritual needs you have when caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness.
That's why we are here to assure that there is Quality Care Beyond Cure with hospice.
115 N. "P" Street, P.O. Box 1325, Madera, CA 93639-1325 (559) 674-0637

Hospice Care
Learn about hospice care and programs, read excerpts from hospice publications, order books and videos and learn about the annual bereavement teleconference which is co-sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of America and The Compassionate Friends.

Loss After Repeated Grief - Options) is a newsletter for those who have experienced the death of more than one child. The site features some of Sascha Wagner's poetry and "Sascha's Almanac," a collection of pithy comments to help the bereaved parent cope with his/her loss.

Mothers in Sympathy and Support, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization committed to providing emergency support to parents after the death of their baby: stillbirth, neonatal death, premature birth, congenital anomalies, SIDS, and any child's death.

National SIDS Resource Center
Provides information services and technical assistance on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and related topics.

Pen Parents
A support network of grieving parents who have experienced pregnancy loss or the death of a child(ren) through adulthood. Pen Parents provides an opportunity for bereaved parents to talk about their child(ren) through a pen-pal type service by networking them with others in similar situations.

Renew Center for Personal Recovery
Specialist in Crisis Management for Schools and other Organizations

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support - SHARE's mission is to serve those who are touched by the tragic death of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. Web site offers packet of grief literature, information on local chapters, bi-monthly newsletter, resources.

Survivors of Suicide - A directory of SOS chapters, excerpts from their quarterly newsletter and suggestions for suicide survivors are available at this site.

Teenage Grief
An excellent site devoted to the support and education of young people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Teen Age Grief, Inc., creates and distributes bereavement guidance programs which are a proven avenue of healthier coping for our children and teens.

The Compassionate Friends
Grief support after the death of a child.


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