You do not need to go at this alone. While no one has exactly the same story, pain, or feelings that you have, there are so many people going through this experience right now. Support from others who understand can help you better understand your grief, troubleshoot things you are struggling with, as well as learn from and help others.
Start with your local funeral director, who may be able to connect you with grief resources in your community or provide you with books and other literature to read, regardless of where you are on your grief journey.
COVID Grief Network
Note that many of the organizations below also offer resources specific to the pandemic.
Springhill Recovery Center
Springhill Recovery Center is an addiction treatment center in Ashby, Massachusetts, but also offers a step-by-step guide for family and friends who have experienced the death of a loved one due to substance abuse.
GRASP - Grief Recovery After Substance Abuse Passing
GRASP is a national organization providing online and in-person local chapter support groups for those who have been bereaved by a substance abuse-related death loss. Their resources include expert webinars, blog posts, and testimonials to educate and support grievers with care and compassion.
International Overdose Awareness Day
For twenty years, organizers of International Overdose Awareness Day have provided educational resources and opportunities to participate in commemorating the lives lost to overdose death and the grief of survivors each year on August 31. Tributes to deceased loved ones may also be shared and published on their website.
SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to providing updated research on substance use disorders and guidelines for prevention, SAMHSA maintains thorough databases for treatment programs and facilities which can also be accessed through their free and confidential national helpline at 800-662-HELP.