From genealogy to acquiring necessary documents, below is a list of local organizations to help you find the information you need.
Pennsylvania Department of Health Division of Vital Records provides information on acquiring birth and death certificates.
VitalChek is a source for government-issued vital records. They offer secure online ordering, partnerships throughout the country, and quick turnaround.
Information about benefits for veterans and their families.
Since 2005, the Green Burial Council has been working to make burial sustainable for the planet, meaningful for the families, and economically viable for the provider. And in that short period of time, we’ve emerged as the “gold standard” among consumers, land trusts, park service agencies as well the cemetery/funeral profession.
Offers news, a consumer resource guide, and cremation guidelines.
The Main Line Genealogy Club meets on the second Thursday of each month from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at the Easttown Library & Information Center, 720 First Avenue, Berwyn.
Features cemetery and funeral glossaries, FAQs, consumer guides, and directory listings in Pennsylvania.
Answers questions about social security benefits, including qualifying and applying for benefits.
Grief & Aftercare – Organizations
Provides grief articles, information on publications, details on claiming benefits, making funeral arrangements, and an overview of financial and legal action steps to take when someone dies.
CaringInfo is a national consumer education and engagement program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. CaringInfo has provided millions of advance directives to individuals free of charge plus free resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.
The Center for Loss and Life Transition is an organization dedicated to helping people who are grieving and those who care for them by providing books, articles and other resources to help with the grieving process.
The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.
Grief & Aftercare – Books
by Lucille Rosetti / Grief and loss affect everyone at some point during their lives. Whether the loss of someone you care about is anticipated or completely unexpected, the feelings are profound. We want to share tools to help you through this process. We understand what you are going through.
by Alexander Levy / Incorporating his own personal experience with the accounts of others who have lost their parents, psychologist Alexander Levy examines this profound life-changing event.
by Alan Wolfelt / This classic resource helps guide the bereaved person through the loss of a loved one, and provides an opportunity to learn to live with and work through the personal grief process.
by Alan D. Wolfelt / Explaining the important difference between grief and mourning, this book explores every mourner’s need to acknowledge death and embrace the pain of loss. Also explored are the many factors that make each person’s grief unique and the many normal thoughts and feelings mourners might have.