Bereaved parents


About the bereaved parents of the usa

Our Guiding Principles

We are the parents whose children have died. We are the grandparents who have buried grandchildren. We are the siblings whose brothers and sisters no longer walk with us through life.

We come together as Bereaved Parents of the USA to provide a haven where all bereaved families can meet and share our long and arduous grief journeys. We attend monthly gatherings whenever we can and for as long as we believe necessary. We share our fears, confusion, anger, guilt, frustrations, emptiness and feelings of hopelessness so that hope can be found anew. As we accept, support, comfort and encourage each other, we demonstrate to each other that survival is possible.

Together we celebrate the lives of our children, share the joys and triumphs as well as the love that will never fade. Together we learn how little it matters where we live, what our color or our affluence is, or what faith we uphold as we confront the tragedies of our children’s deaths.

Together, strengthened by the bonds we forge at our gatherings, we offer what we have learned to each other and to every more recently bereaved family.

We are the Bereaved Parents of the USA. We welcome you!

Visit the Bereaved Parents of the USA National Website.

For The Newly Bereaved

A Warm and Understanding Welcome to Our Newcomers

If you are visiting our website for the first time, we hope you have found the information to be helpful. We would like to invite you to join us at one of our upcoming support groups or activities. We would never have chosen to join this “club,” but as we learn together how to process our grief, we are thankful for our new friends. We are here to help.

About Bereaved Parents of the USA

Bereaved Parents of the USA was founded in 1995 by a group of bereaved parents from across the country to offer support, understanding, encouragement and hope to fellow bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents after the death of a beloved child.  Bereaved Parents of the USA is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of Bereaved Parents of the USA members, nominated and elected yearly by chapter members. All work within the Bereaved Parents of the USA organization, on both the national and local chapter level, is done by volunteers. There are no paid salaries within Bereaved Parents of the USA.


To help grieving parents and families rebuild their lives after the death of a child.

BPUSA is Non-Denominational

Bereaved Parents of the USA espouses no religion, but supports each member in his or her grief journey… regardless of religious practice or belief.


Bereaved Parents of the USA is a non-profit, self-help support group with 501(c) (3) IRS status. Both the national organization and our local chapters are supported solely by volunteer donations. There are no dues or fees charged to belong to Bereaved Parents of the USA. All gifts to Bereaved Parents of the USA are tax deductions to the extent permitted by the Internal Revenue under the provisions of 501(c) (3).

Currently, the best way to donate to our local chapter is to make a donation at our monthly meetings or send a check made payable to Bereaved Parents of the USA Sacramento/South Placer Chapter should be mailed to SSPCC c/o Teresa Welch, PO Box 333, Lincoln CA 95648. Your thoughtful donation will allow us to continue to provide support to bereaved parents in our local area.