Grief is hard.
Getting support doesn't have to be.
Get ongoing, expert text messages personalized to your unique loss. Sign up and start getting support right away.Start getting texts
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).
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.Start getting texts
Grieving people are getting easy, ongoing support from Help Texts
I'm supporting my Mom who is 3000 miles away. The Help Texts messages are helping me connect with her and understand the grieving process that she's been doing through, even though I'm not there to experience it first hand.
Julie, Help Texts subscriber
I've been using Help Texts for a few months, and the text messages that come through couldn't be more thoughtful, hopeful and encouraging. I've also added a few people to my subscription, who wanted to support me after the loss of my Dad, and they tell me the messages they've received have given them practical suggestions about ways to reach out to me.
Fran Solomon, Founder & CEO, HealGrief.org
The texting capabilities provided by Help Texts are particularly meaningful during the COVID crisis, a time when many of the more traditional ways of providing in-person grief support are on hold. Our bereavement team now has the ability to offer personalized, text-based support to the thousands of hospice families we care for each year. This service adds a valuable new communications channel to the care we currently provide.
Bill Finn, President and CEO, Hospice of the Western Reserve
There is nothing that helps you prepare your 23-year-old daughter to be a pallbearer for her best friend, and then subsequently grieve that loss. Enter Help Texts. It was an incredible service that had a powerful and positive impact on how I could understand and actually help my daughter. Thank you for this service. I hope to never need you again but I continue to recommend you to friends and you will be my first stop should I need grief guidance again.
Fiona, 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
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
Help Texts messages are...
- Easy to get
Sign up once and get support for as long as you need it
- Written by grief experts, for grievers
Texts are crafted by grief experts who have also experienced significant loss
One year of support costs less than a single therapy session.
- Practical and comforting
From therapeutic tools to mindfulness exercises, texts offer gentle support
Find new ways to connect to your person, your supporters, and yourself
- 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.