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Vet Centers (Readjustment Counseling)

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Bereavement Counseling

What is Bereavement Counseling?

Bereavement counseling (also sometimes called “grief counseling”) provides assistance and support for people going through 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 our country. Also eligible are family members of Reservists and National Guardsmen who die while on duty, as well as family members of a Veteran who was receiving Vet Center services at the time of the Veteran’s death, and to family members of Veterans and service members who die by suicide.

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?

Vet Centers provide free and confidential bereavement counseling at 300 Vet Centers across the country.

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 1-877-927-8387 available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.