ANNOUNCING GRIEFNET: BEREAVEMENT AND LOSS RESOURCES NOW ON-LINE Date: August 23, 1994 Contact: Cendra Lynn firstname.lastname@example.org (313) 761-1960 Rivendell Resources, a non-profit corporation providing information to professional and lay persons dealing with bereavement, grief, and major loss, has established GriefNet, a free-access on-line referral and support network. Access to the Internet-based system is available by pointing a gopher client at gopher.rivendell.org 9004 (URL gopher://gopher.rivendell.org:9004). GriefNet provides: * comprehensive support resource listings * a directory of professionals providing services in related areas * information on ADEC, the Association for Death Education and Counseling * a bibliography of grief and major loss publications * a set of electronic mailing lists where subscribers may discuss specific grief- and loss-related topics. GriefNet is sustained by grants and contributions of both cash and information. Organizations and individuals in the field are encouraged to add their resources to the GriefNet database. Other services such as mailbox addresses, guides to current research, on-line conferencing, current literature and reviews will be added based on system usage and user input. Typical users of GriefNet might include: * a hospital social worker who needs to find out what support groups are available for the parents of a childhood leukemia victim in a neighboring county; * a woman in California seeking information on hospices in upstate New York to care for her dying father; * a crisis hot-line volunteer wanting more information on support resources for someone whose loved one has committed suicide; * a funeral director seeking support resources for members of a bereaved family who have come from another state to attend a funeral GriefNet's topical resource listings include: - general bereavement support - crisis lines - bereaved parents' support - resources for children, adolescents, & young adults - widowed persons' support - hospices - resources for those who have lost someone due to suicide or homicide - resources for both professional and personal caregivers - media resources - chronic illness and physical loss resources - classes, conferences, workshops, and educational opportunities - topical articles - poetry Listings are organized both by geographic location and by topic and are updated continually as more resources are discovered. Currently the listings focus on the United States and Canada, but information for other countries is also being added. Mailing lists are created as demand warrants. Currently there are lists for widowed persons, caregivers, thanatologists, and general information. To subscribe to a list, or to inquire about the availability of a mailing list for a specific topic, please contact Rivendell. About Rivendell Resources ------------------------- Rivendell Resources is a non-profit organization dedicated to gathering and disseminating information in the fields of death, dying, bereavement, and major loss. Rivendell Resources publishes a bi-monthly paper journal, _Bereavement & Loss Resources_, with listings for all of Michigan and neighboring areas of Ohio, Wisconsin, and Ontario. Growth in the field has led to corresponding growth of the newsletter, and the realization that further expansion, both topically and geographically, can only be accomplished via non-paper means. Responding to continual requests for information on resources available elsewhere, and recognizing the potential of the Internet for building a supportive, location-independent community, Rivendell has established GriefNet to provide a single, well-known, universally-accessible destination for those seeking bereavement, grief, and related support resources.