"NEDA understands the challenges facing those who have lost a loved one with an eating disorder. We are committed to creating an ongoing support system to help people coping with this unique kind of grief."
- Ilene Fishman, LCSW, Loss Support Network Clinical Advisor, NEDA Founder
What is the Loss Support Network?
The Loss Support Network brings together those who have lost a loved one to an eating disorder in order to provide support to each other. The names of Loss Support Network members will not be displayed publicly and will only be released to connect network volunteers with each other and those seeking support.
How does it work?
Individuals can connect through the Loss Support Network in a variety of ways. Volunteers are available to help those who have suffered a recent loss and are reaching out for support. In addition, in joining the Loss Support Network, volunteers also have the option of being connected to others who have suffered a similar loss in their area. It is all about connecting people during a very difficult time.
Which option is best for me?
Option 1: Request Support From a Volunteer
You can request to have NEDA send you a list of volunteers in your area, 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 in Your Area
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 a volunteer in the Loss Support Network and would like to be introduced to others who are comfortable talking about their experience of loss