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Continued Care and Grief Resources

 We Need Not Walk Alone

When a loved one dies, the bereaved family often struggles with difficult, painful feelings. Many families feel abandoned by friends, relatives and even God. 

Knowing grief and bereavement personally, the McLean Family devotes significant resources to the continuing care of the families it is privileged to serve.

Journeying Through Grief is a powerful after-care resource that consists of a series of four short books that McLean Families receive throughout their first year after their loss. Dr. Kenneth Haugh, a clinical psychologist and pastor whose wife died of ovarian cancer, wrote the books in a warm, caring style that speaks from his heart. The short, easy-to-read chapters include his extensive research with others who have suffered loss. 

My Care Letter—Guiding Me Through Life’s Passages is designed to provide informative material for bereaved families. There are twelve issues of the newsletter available to families served by McLean Funeral Directors. The care letter is a compilation of articles, poems and suggestions by grief and recovery professionals who have experienced the loss of a loved one. 

To assist bereaved families who are without a pastor, Rev. Joe Lawing (Belmont) and Pastor John Stanley (Gastonia) officiate funerals and memorial services. They serve McLean Funeral Directors as Chaplains. Also, they are available to families for grief consultation. 

 Continuing Care / Support Groups / Grief

In addition to its Chaplains, McLean Funeral Directors, for continued support and reinforcement, has an outstanding relationship with New Hope Counseling Center for Grief and Loss, a service of Gaston Hospice. Our President, Mr. Billy McLean is a past chairman of the board of Gaston Hospice. The New Hope Counseling Center services are available to anyone in the community, regardless of whether or not the deceased was a Gaston Hospice patient. To schedule an appointment or register, call (704) 861-8405. 

 Loss of a Child

McLean Funeral Directors sponsors the monthly newsletter published by The Compassionate Friends, and our Gastonia Chaplain, Pastor John Stanley, is actively involved in, and is a co-founder of the Southern Piedmont Chapter (Gastonia). The group’s phone number is (704) 865-7229, its web site is:

The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive. 

 Holiday Memorial Service 

McLean Funeral Directors hosts a Holiday Memorial Service in its Belmont Chapel the last Sunday in November, and two additional services, one at 2:00 pm and another at 4:00 pm, in its Gastoina Chapel the first Sunday in Decemeber. 

The families are given an angel with the loved one’s name engraved thereon. During the memorial services family members light candles in memory of their loved one. As one lady said, “I feel that I can now get through this first Christmas, now that I have honored my husband’s memory.” 

 Special Speakers and Seminars

Occasionally, McLean Funeral Directors hosts special speakers. As an example, the firm has hosted Marilyn Heavilin, a nationally-known author on bereavement. Marilyn authored the widely read Roses in December. She has suffered the deaths of three children. 

Also, McLean Funeral Directors’ personnel participate in programs within the community, such as Hospice-sponsored programs, and a widows/widowers support group.


 Grief Resources

Grief and Loss Programs
601 E. Street, NW
Washington, DC 20049

Air Crash Support Network
1595 York Ave., Box 22
New York, NY 10028

Alive Alone
11115 Dull Robinson Road
Van Wert, OH 45891

Alliance of Grandparents
PO Box 17281
Phoenix, AZ 85011-0281
(888) 774-7437

ALS Association*
27001 Agoura Road
Calabasas, CA 91301
(818) 880-9007

Alzheimer's Association*
919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 335-8700

American Association of Suicidology
4201 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 310
Washington, DC 20049

American Cancer Society*
1599 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
(800) ACS-2345

American Diabetes Association Research Foundation*
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311

American Foundation for AIDS
120 Wall St.
New York, NY 10005
(212) 682-7440 ext. 210

American Heart Association*
7320 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75231

American Hospice Foundation
1130 Connecticut, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-0204

American Kidney Fund*
6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010
Rockville, MD 20852
(800) 638-8299

American Liver Foundation
1425 Pomptom Ave.
Cedar Grove, NJ 07009-1000
(800) 233-0179

American Lung Association*
1740 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
(800) LUNG-USA

American SIDS Institute*
2480 Windy Hill Rd. Suite 380
Marietta, GA 30067
(800) 232-SIDS

Association for Death Education and Counseling
342 Main St.
West Hartford, CT 06117-2507
(860) 586-7503

9811 South Forty Drive Suite 3
St. Louis, MO 63124

Bereaved Parents of the USA
P.O. Box 95
Park Forest, IL 60466
(630) 971-3490

Bereavement Services/RTS
Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center
1910 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601
(608) 791-4747 or
(800) 362-9567 Ext. 4747

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation*
3910 Warner St.
Kensington, MO 20895
(800) 366-2223
(301) 962-3521

Center for Loss in Multiple Birth
(CLIMB) Inc.*
P.O. Box 91377
Anchorage, AK 99509
(907) 222-5321

The Compassionate Friends*
P.O. Box 3696
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696
(630) 990-0010
(Supports families who have experienced the death of a child)

Concerns of Police Survivors
P.O. Box 3199, So. Highway 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
(314) 346-4911

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation*
6931 Arlington Road
Bethesda, MD 20014
(800) 344-4823

Funeral Service Educational Foundation
13625 Bishop's Drive
Brookfield, WI 53005
(877) 402-5900

Grief Magazine
1941 Bishop Lane, Suite 202
Louisville, KY 40219-1927
(800) 346-3087*

Hospice Foundation of America
2001 S Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20009
(800) 854-3402

In Loving Memory*
1416 Green Run Lane
Reston, VA 20090
(703) 435-0608
(Dedicated to helping parents cope with the loss of their only child or all of their children.)

Leukemia Society of America*
600 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10016
(703) 960-1100

The Living Bank
Organ and Tissue Donation
Box 6725
Houston, TX 77265
(800) 528-2971

Make-A-Wish Foundation
Of America*

100 Charendon Ave., Suite 2200
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 279-9474

March of Dimes Birth
Defects Association*

1275 Marnaroneck Ave.
White Plains, NY 10605
(800) 453-3816

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Victim Assistance Program
511 E John Carpenter Freeway
Suite 700
Irving, TX 75062
(800) GET-MADD

Muscular Dystrophy Association*
3300 E. Sunrise Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 529-2000

National AIDS Fund
1400 "I" St., NW, Suite 1220
Washington, DC 20005-2208
(202) 408-4848

National Catholic Ministry
28700 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44092-2527
(440) 943-3480

National Donor Family Council
C/o National Kidney Foundation
30 East 33rd St.
New York, NY 10016
(800) 622-9010
(212) 889-2210
(For Families of those who died and became
Organ and/or tissue donors.)

National Hospice Organization*
1901 N. Moore St., Suite 901
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 243-5900
(800) 658-8898

Parents of Murdered Children Inc.
100 E. Eighth St., B41
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 721-5683
(888) 818-POMC

Pen-Parents Inc.
PO Box 8738
Reno, NV 89507
(702) 826-7332
(Support network designed for grieving parents
and grandparents providing a pen-pal type service.)

Ray of Hope
PO Box 2323
Iowa City, IA 52244
(319) 337-9890
(For survivors of those who died from suicide.)

Salvation Army National

615 Slaters Ln.
PO Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313
(703) 684-5500

SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss
Support Inc.
St. Joseph's Health Center
300 1st Capitol Dr.
St. Charles, MO 63001
(800) 821-6819 (For families who have experienced the death
of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death.)

SIDS Alliance*
1314 Bedford Ave., Suite 210
Baltimore, MD 21208
(800) 221-7437
(410) 653-8226

Society of Military Widows
5535 Hempstead Way
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 750-1342

THEOS Foundation, Inc.
322 Blvd. Of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-7779

TBI/Tissue Banks International*
815 Parks Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(800) 756-4824

Tragedy Assistance Program for
Survivors Inc. (TAPS)

2001 S Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
(800) 959-TAPS
(202) 588-8277

United Cerebral Palsy
1660 L St. NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 776-04006
(800) USA-5UCP

Wings of Lights Inc.
16845 N. 29th Ave., Ste 1
Phoenix, AZ 85053
(800) 613-8531
(Support and information network for aircraft accident survivors and others
directly affected by aviation accidents.)

* Denotes a national charitable organization

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