National Eating Disorders Association

The Loss Support Network brings together those who have lost a loved one to an eating disorder in order to provide support to one another. Our goal is to reduce isolation and connect people during a very difficult time.

Volunteers are available to help those who have suffered a recent loss and are reaching out for support. In addition, by joining the Loss Support Network, individuals also have the option to connect with others who have suffered similar losses. The names of Loss Support Network members will not be displayed publicly and will only be released to connect individuals to one another.

Program Overview

There are several ways to get involved with the Loss Support Network:

Option 1: Request Support from a Volunteer

You can request that NEDA send you a list of volunteers, or request that NEDA send your contact information to a volunteer who will reach out to you directly. This option is best for those who:

  • Have experienced a recent loss and would like to speak with someone who has been through it themselves
  • Are not yet ready to volunteer to support others, but want to be connected to individuals who have suffered a similar loss


Option 2: Volunteer to Support Others

Add your name to the Loss Support Network list, which identifies you as a volunteer to support others who have suffered a similar loss. This option is best for those who:

  • Feel comfortable discussing their loss and experience with others
  • Feel able to listen to the experiences of others who have lost someone
  • Can share helpful coping mechanisms
  • Want to help others get through difficult times in dealing with their grief and loss
  • Want to connect with others who feel comfortable being a support person


Option 3: Connect with Other Volunteers

If you are already a Loss Support Network volunteer, you can request a list of other volunteers near you. This option is best for those who:

  • Are already volunteering with the Loss Support Network and would like to be introduced to others who are comfortable talking about their experience of loss