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How it works:

Get ongoing, expert grief support straight to your phone.

1. Sign up for texts

It only takes 5 minutes to complete our sign up form. The more you're comfortable sharing, the better we'll be able to customize your text messages based on age, relationship, cause of death, and dates that are important to you (like a death anniversary or a holiday).

My name is Tracee. My mom, Maria, died from cancer on January 19, 2020. I would like extra support on Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Hanukkah.

2. Add supporters

This step is optional, but research shows that receiving support from others helps grievers feel less alone after a death.

Using your customized email template or QR code, easily send invites to the people you'd like to support you. Once they accept, we'll text them gentle suggestions and tips about how to be there for you.

You focus on taking care of yourself; we'll take care of educating your friends and family.

3. Start getting texts

Once you're signed up, there's nothing else you need to do. You'll receive your first text within minutes. Sit back and let helpful, expert grief wisdom come to you.

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Hi, Tracee. The next time someone asks you how they can help out, why not ask them to tell you about a time that your mom really made them laugh? That may not be the kind of help they were thinking of, but it will be more fun to give (and to receive).

Testimonials

Grieving people are getting easy, ongoing support from Help Texts

  • Help Texts texts really helped normalize the grieving experience. As a newly grieving person, I was looking everywhere for the algorithm or "key" to how long this would last or what I would experience. Help Texts helped me stop obsessing about what the itinerary was going to be and to just experience my experience. I also loved that it was a year of text support because people tend to stop checking in after about 2 months. So so helpful. Thank you so much for developing Help Texts.

    Tomi, Help Texts subscriber

    Tomi, Help Texts subscriber
  • Texting grief support to grievers AND texting tips and resources to their circle of friends is one of the best things ever. Seriously! Help Texts will change bereavement and healthcare. I'm walking proof.

    Bonnie Bizzell, Patient and Family Advocate

    Bonnie Bizzell, Patient and Family Advocate
  • When my wife's dad died it was really hard to know the depth of her pain. I wasn't sure if I should bring him up and tried to support her the best I could. She found Help Texts and added me as her support person to receive texts. One of the suggestions was to take her to restaurants that her dad loved and to continue to honor him by doing, eating and watching his favorite things. We did just that. Now on every special occasion, like his birthday, it's become a sentimental tradition we find comfort in, to do things he enjoyed. The texts helped me better communicate with her and have more open conversations about her grief.

    Krishan Tailor, Help Texts subscriber

    Krishan Tailor, Help Texts subscriber
  • Thank you for being the support I didn't know I needed. I think I would have felt so alone and inept if I didn't have this education/support. I have given this info to my friends and family and encouraged them to join. Thank you again. You are very valuable.

    Nicole Tierney, Help Texts subscriber

    Nicole Tierney, Help Texts subscriber
  • When you are doing okay, you forget that your grief needs attention. These texts helped remind me to make time for my grief and nephew.

    Susan, Bereavement Coordinator, Hospice of the Western Reserve

    Susan, Bereavement Coordinator, Hospice of the Western Reserve
  • I love how Help Texts offers ongoing, personalized, and accessible text-based guidance to both grievers and their support network in a way that normalizes grief as part of the experience of being a human being. Life is hard, and in the midst of the pain, it is vital to know we are not alone.

    Ashley Magers, LMSW, PMH-C

    Ashley Magers, LMSW, PMH-C

    Help Texts messages are...

    • Easy to get
      Sign up once and get support for as long as you need it
    • Written by grief experts
      Texts are crafted by world-leading grief experts
    • Affordable
      One year of support costs less than a single therapy session
    • Practical and comforting
      From therapeutic tools to mindfulness exercises, texts offer gentle support
    • Available globally
      Support is available in 24 languages
    • Private and discreet
      Read Help Texts when you're ready and process grief on your schedule

    Real Help Texts messages:

    Explore examples of real messages we've sent

    • Hi, Maria. There may come a point in your grieving process where you feel relief over your mom's death, and you might feel strange or shameful about that. Rest assured: Experiencing relief is normal. Knowing that your mom no longer has to live with cancer is a comforting, if complicated, thought.
    • Hi, Bosa. Grief after any loss is hard, but grief after a murder is a horror and an injustice that very few have to bear. You're probably angry and overwhelmed by how unfair it is, that someone took Zaye out of this world. And you're right, it is unfair. Remember that it's completely understandable and normal to feel this way. Anyone in your situation would feel the same way.
    • Hi, Chelsea. Sharing the story of you mom's early symptoms, how COVID-19 progressed, and the treatment she received before she died, may help you to process her death. Consider talking about the details with a therapist or close friend, or maybe even writing about them in a journal. Hopefully you can find a few people who will be empathetic listeners as you share the story, knowing that in sharing your story, you are helping yourself heal.
    • Hi, Lori Ann. When a person dies by suicide, many survivors report feeling labeled by their loss. They find it hard to attend events they used to enjoy because others only see the suicide and not the person grieving. This may be true for you too. If there are events you feel uneasy about attending, consider asking a friend to go with you. It will be easier to walk through the door with someone who understands what you're going through.
    • Hi, Marcus. Particularly after a sudden or accidental death, it is completely normal to be in a state of shock and to feel as though you're only "going through the motions." If there are people you think would be willing to help you with day-to-day tasks, please ask. It is hard to do even the simplest things when something like this happens.
    • Hi, Naomi. Many parents find it comforting to have physical things with them that help to keep their child’s memory alive. Perhaps you have an ultrasound photo you'd like to frame or you could have a piece of jewelry engraved with Erica's initials. These types of remembrances can be healing.
    • Hi, Isabella. Caring for someone who had dementia can be a lonely experience. Self-isolating could have been a coping strategy, especially if your grandfather's behavior started to decline or become unpredictable. Consider finding small, manageable ways to re-enter social settings, like going to the movies, attending an exercise class, or meeting a friend for coffee.
    • Hi, Deepti. Questions about the circumstances of your nephew's death can feel invasive. The next time someone asks you for information, you can let them know you're not ready to share those details right now but you are open to telling them how you're doing. Shifting the focus from what happened to your well-being could help you both connect.

    Grief is hard

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