What is Bereavement Counseling?
Bereavement counseling is assistance and support to people with emotional and psychological stress after the death of a loved one. Bereavement counseling includes a broad range of transition services, including outreach, counseling, and referral services to family members.
Does VA Have Bereavement Counseling for Surviving Family Members?
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) offers bereavement counseling to family members of Armed Forces personnel who died in the service of their country. Also eligible are family members of Reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on duty.
Where Is Counseling Offered?
VA's bereavement counseling is provided at community-based Vet Centers located near the families. There is no cost for VA bereavement counseling.
How Can You Obtain These Services?
The Vet Center Program provides free and confidential bereavement counseling at our 300 Vet Centers across the Country to families who have lost Service members while serving on active duty. Also eligible are family members of Reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on duty. You can schedule an appointment by calling your nearest Vet Center. Often counseling can be made available in the family's home or where the family feels most comfortable.
You may use the Location Finder (please omit apartment or unit numbers in the search bar) to find the nearest Vet Center, or you may call our Vet Center Call Center at 1-877-WAR-VETS (927-8387) available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.