Actively Moving Forward, a HealGrief program is dedicated to supporting young adults grieving the illness or death of a loved one. The program accomplishes its mission by creating Actively Moving Forward Campus Chapters on college campuses nationwide that connect and empower grieving college students to support one another and participate in community service in memory of deceased loved ones, raising awareness about the needs of grieving young adults, including through the annual National College Student Grief Awareness Week, and hosting national grief support programs, such as the “We Get It” Supportive Blog, and events, such as the National Conference on College Student Grief. We also support non-collegiate young adults by creating a wealth of virtual information, programming, and community.

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Since AMF was founded by David Fajgenbaum and Benjamin Chesson in 2006 (check out our history), the organization has worked with students from over 170 different colleges and universities to start up Campus Chapters, developed 55 official Campus Chapters, and supported over 1,500 grieving college students. AMF accomplishes this through the support of a 40-person strong corps of National Students of AMF volunteers (Board of Directors, Board of Mental Health Professionals, Board of Advisors, and small staff).

“AMF” initially stood for Ailing Mothers & Fathers as well as the initials of the co-founder’s mother, Anne Marie Fajgenbaum. As we’ve grown to include all students coping with the illness or death of a loved one (however defined) as a part of our network, we use AMF to describe our incredible students “Actively Moving Forward” in their grief journey.

In 2017, Actively Moving Forward (AMF) became a HealGrief program. HealGrief is a 501(c)3 non-profit social support network providing a virtual place to communicate and celebrate a loved one's death. The mission of is dedicated to support the bereaved by offering a virtual location, without geographical boundaries, where individuals and a community can communicate a death, connect, mourn and heal, while celebrating a loved one’s life.  Our commitment is to provide an understanding of grief by increasing universal awareness and education, while offering resources to support a healthy grief recovery.

  • Redefines the traditional obituary with free-of-charge funeral notices.
  • Offers guidelines on how to write an obituary.
  • Provides a step-by-step template with easy prompts and tools to create and personalize an obituary.
  • Allows users to notify family and friends from around the world of a loved one’s death.
  • Allows users to express condolences or share thoughts and memories from within the funeral notice.
  • Allows users to light virtual candles.
  • Allows users to upload and share treasured photos.
  • Provides both local and national grief resources.
  • Educates about grief and its journey.
  • Offers guidance on how to support the bereaved.
  • Brings conversation and attention to an inevitable life cycle, death
  • Provides both traditional and non-traditional ideas on how to memorialize a loved one.
  • Offers information about the role of funeral homes.
  • Provides an understanding to funeral practices for various cultures and religious groups.

Campus Chapters

Campus Chapters are student-led, faculty/staff-advised, and university-recognized student organizations that consist of a peer-led grief support group for students coping with the illness or death of a loved one, and a service group open to the entire campus community. Click here to learn more about what they do and how you can be a part of one.


We are run almost entirely by volunteers and we would not be able to accomplish any of what we do without the dedicated support of dozens of volunteers nationwide.  Our volunteers help us in a variety of ways, including: supporting and providing advice to our Campus Chapter Presidents, updating our Facebook and Twitter pages, fundraising on our behalf, organizing our annual National Conference, and helping us to maintain compliance with IRS, federal, and state regulations. Click here to learn more about our volunteers and how you can help us to support grieving college students.

Support us

Finally, we rely on the generous support of donors, nationwide, to help us to cover chapter costs, such as T-shirts/promotional items, refreshments at meetings and events, printing/copying costs, in-depth support group leader training, and expenses for chapter leaders to attend the annual National Conference on College Student Grief.

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