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About Bereaved Parents of the USA

Bereaved Parents of the USA was founded in 1995 by a group of bereaved parents from across the country to offer support, understanding, encouragement and hope to fellow bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents after the death of their loved one. This purpose remains the thrust of BPUSA today.

Bereaved Parents of the USA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of BPUSA members nominated and elected yearly by chapter members. All work within the BPUSA organization on both the national and local chapter level is done by volunteers There are no paid salaries within BPUSA.

Mission:

Helping grieving parents and families rebuild their lives after the death of a child.

BPUSA Goals

  • To offer support, understanding, encouragement and hope to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.
  • To assist all who have experienced the loss of a child, brother, sister or grandchild regardless of ethnicity, ideology or financial status.
  • To educate families about the grief process in all its complexities pertaining to the death of a child or a sibling at any age and from any cause.
  • To connect fellow bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who can offer support to each other and to each newly bereaved family.
  • To charter chapters and train and assist chapter leaders across the country. These chapters meet on a regular basis to offer self-help support and comfort to local bereaved families.
  • To publish an online National Newsletter and offer help to individual chapters with newsletters to inform and educate their members about the grieving process.
  • To sponsor an annual Conference that features inspirational speakers, informative workshops, and heartfelt remembrance ceremonies.
  • To inform and educate professionals, employers, co-workers, clergy, friends and others on the intensity and duration of parental, sibling and grandparent grief.

BPUSA is Non-Denominational

BPUSA espouses no religion but supports each member in his or her grief journey regardless of religious practice or belief.

Funding

BPUSA is a non-profit self-help support group with 501(c) (3) IRS status. Both our national organization and our local chapters are supported solely by volunteer donations. There are no dues or fees charged to belong to BPUSA. All gifts to BPUSA are tax deductions to the extent permitted by the Internal Revenue under the provisions of 501(c) (3).

Welcome

We are the parents whose children have died. We are the siblings whose brothers and sisters no longer walk with us through life. We are the grandparents who have buried grandchildren.

We come together as Bereaved Parents of the USA to provide a safe space where grieving families can connect, share our stories, and learn to rebuild our lives.

We attend meetings whenever we can and for as long as we find helpful. We share our fears, confusion, anger, guilt, frustrations, emptiness, and feelings of hopelessness, knowing these emotions will be met with compassion and understanding. As we support, comfort and encourage one another, we offer hope and healing. As we confront the deaths of our loved ones, our shared grief brings us to a common ground that transcends differences, building mutual understanding across the boundaries of culture, race, faith, values, abilities, and lifestyle.

Together we celebrate the lives of our children, siblings, and grandchildren, sharing the joys and the heartbreaks as well as the love that will never fade. Together, strengthened by the bonds we create, we offer what we have learned from one another to every bereaved family, no matter how recent or long ago the death.

We are the Bereaved Parents of the USA.
We welcome you





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Contact Us:

Bereaved Parents of the USA
National Office
c/o Katherine Corrigan
5 Vanek Road,
Poughkeepsie NY 12603-5403

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