Experiencing Grief or Loss
VA offers bereavement counseling to family members of Armed Forces personnel who died in the service of their country. VA's bereavement counseling is provided at community-based Vet Centers located near the families. There is no cost for VA bereavement counseling.
Use the Location Finder to find the nearest Vet Center, or call the Vet Center Call Center at 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387) available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) provides compassionate care to those grieving the death of a military loved one and a variety of programs to survivors nationally and worldwide, including:
- Regional survivor seminars for adults
- Youth programs
- Counseling in your community
- Help navigating benefits and resources
If you are grieving the loss of a fallen Service member, or if you know someone who can use their support, the TAPS 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline is always available toll-free with support and resources at 800-959-8277.
Dealing with Loss
It’s hard to lose someone or something you care about. Feeling sadness, anger, anxiety or grief after a loss is something most people experience in life, whether it’s the death of someone you love, a job loss, or another type of loss. Reactions to loss can vary from person to person. Knowing more about types of loss and common reactions can help.
Suicide postvention builds on prevention efforts by providing immediate and ongoing support to those impacted by a suicide loss. Postvention is critical for healing after suicide. Uniting for Suicide Postvention (USPV) provides resources and support for everyone touched by suicide loss.