Support Groups

Support Groups

 


Finding a support group specific to your type of loss can make all the difference.


The following is a short list of support groups that may be available for you either in your local community or online.

If you or someone that you love has suffered a loss we encourage you to try to locate a support group in your area.  Many support groups are loss specific and can be helpful part of the bereavement process.  Comfort can be found in other bereaved families who are facing the same loss and issues.  In most cases life long bonds and friendships are created in these close-knit groups.

If you don't see a support group listed for your state or local area, try to start your search with one of the national listings at www.google.com.  Narrow your search by searching for the TYPE of loss and your specific LOCATION.
Their site and staff may be able to help you in your search. 

 

Portland Oregon and surrounding areas:

The Compassionate Friends - Portland Chapter

http://www.compassionatefriends.org/

The Mission of the Compassionate Friends is to assist families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and to provide information to help others be supportive. Site includes a chapter locater for other cities in Oregon.

Willamette Valley Hospice

http://www.wvh.org/

Located in Salem, Oregon, WVH offers grief support groups to those ages 5+ in the cities of Salem, Dallas, Stayton, Silverton, and Woodburn throughout the year. A list of upcoming grief support groups can be found on their website.  Contact Willamette Valley Hospice at 503.588.3600 or 800.555.2431 for more information on their drop-in groups, grief activities, including Camp Mighty Oaks, a summer camp for grieving children and their families.   

Oregon Infant loss Support Groups

Brief Encounters (Portland, Oregon)

http://www.briefencounters.org

Parents of infant Loss, Pregnancy Loss and Early Pregnancy Loss.  All Meetings are held at the Peace House (the location of our Grief Watch Office) 2116 NE 18th Ave, Portland.  For more information or directions please call (503) 699-8006 or (503) 284-7426.  Please visit the Brief Encounters web site for more information and meeting times.

Steps To Healing Support Group (Medford, Oregon)

http://www.briefencounters.org

Steps To Healing is a support group for parents who have experienced the loss of their unborn or newborn child.  The group meets on the first Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm in the Smullin Center on the campus of Rogue Valley Medical Center.  For more information about this group please contact Cheryl Lewis at (541) 789-4218

National Support Groups and Agencies

Footprints Support Group. (Tucson, Arizona.)

http://www.carondelet.org

A support group for parents who have lost a baby to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death.  We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. at Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Medical Pavilion, Agave Room, 350 N. Wilmot, Tucson, AZ 85711.  For more information please contact Mina Rose 520-873-6590.

The Compassionate Friends

http://www.compassionatefriends.org/

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.  Site includes a chapter locator for finding a local group in your city.

SHARE Organization (National)

http://www.nationalshare.org

The services provided by SHARE are available, free of charge, to bereaved parents as well as to their family and friends.  SHARE is a tax-deductible, non-profit group.  Services include bi-monthly newsletters and support groups.  This website has listings and links for local SHARE groups in your area.

MISS Foundation

http://www.misschildren.org/

A non-profit 501(c)3 international organization providing immediate and ongoing support to grieving families, helping them to empower themselves by proactive community involvement and volunteerism, and reducing infant and toddler death through research and education.

UNITE

http://www.unitegriefsupport.org/

A non-profit organization in Philadelphia that provides grief support services to families suffering from miscarriage, stillborn, ectopic and neonatal loss. 

GriefShare

https://www.griefshare.org/

GriefShare groups meet in churches (Protestant and Catholic) throughout the world.   Over 9,000 churches participate in this program. A GriefShare group is typically designed around a 13-week grief support group/video series and is specifically for those who grieve the death of a loved one. 

National Support Group List on Bradshaw

http://www.bradshawfuneral.com/_mgxroot/page_10738.php

A great list of national support groups for a variety of different topics can be found on Bradshaw's site.

Other Countries- Support Groups

Hinds Hospice-Angel Babies (Fresno, California)

http://www.hindshospice.org/

This group offers perinatal hospice and bereavement services to families who have experienced any type of pregnancy or infant loss. We offer a variety of supportive services to include support groups. For more information please contact Kathy Cromwell at (559) 226-5683 or email Kathy@hindshospice.com

Hawaii

Hospice of HILO Grief Support Groups

http://www.hospiceofhilo.org/grief-support.php

Several groups listed here for both adults and children. Many groups are open-ended and require no registration. Visit website for more info or call (808) 969-1733

Massachusetts

Empty Arms Bereavement Support

http://www.hospiceofhilo.org/grief-support.php

Empty Arms Bereavement Support serves individuals and families in Western Massachusetts whose babies have died through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death. By cultivating personal connections, creating a compassionate community, and fostering professional collaborations, they provide grieving parents with valuable resources and validation as they navigate the murky days, weeks, and lifetime without their baby. 

Michigan

Livingston Area Missing Our Babies (LAMB)

http://www.livingstonareamissingourbabies.org/

A support group for parents that have lost a baby, based in Livingston County, MI. We have two meetings a month at two different locations. Parents are welcome to attend both or just one.

One meeting is the first Sunday of the month from 10:30 am- 12:30 pm. The meeting is held in the lower level conference room at the Genoa Medical Center 2305 Genoa Business Park Dr, Brighton, MI 48114

The other meeting is held the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm. The meeting is held at the house to the right of St. Paul Lutheran Church 7701 E Mi State Road 36 Whitmore Lake, MI 48189

For more info please contact a group facilitator:
Phone: 810-844-1284
Email: livingstoncountylamb@gmail.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/LivingstonAreaMissingourBabies/info

Angela Hospice Grief Support Services - Livonia, Michigan

http://www.angelahospice.org/

Several groups listed here. Visit the website for more info.

General Grief Support Group: Open to all losses due to death. The groups meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Loss of a Spouse/Significant Other Support Group: Group members must have lost a spouse or a significant other. The groups meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Grief Support Quilter's Group: Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. No sewing skills required, but you must register for this group. Call (734) 464-7810.

Heartstrings: For parents who have lost a child under the age of 25. The group meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. For information, call (734) 464-7810. 

Enduring Spirit
This spiritually-based grief support group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. Call (734) 464-7810 for details.

Individual Support: Individual and family grief support is also available for children and adults. Call (734) 464-7810.


Minnesota

Missing GRACE Foundation Local Support Groups

https://www.missinggrace.org/

GRACE Support Groups are facilitated by and made available for individuals and couples who have journeyed through infant and pregnancy loss, infertility and adoption. 

Coon Rapids GRACE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group

https://www.missinggrace.org/

Dates: The first and third Mondays of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 
Location: Faith Lutheran Church Lounge 
11115 Hanson Blvd. Coon Rapids, MN 55443 
Church phone 763-755-3530 

Third Monday of each month the group does an activity that is helpful for the grieving process. (Examples are: Scrapbooking, crafts, having a guest speaker, candle light memorial service, etc.) The activity is decided by the group at the first Monday meeting in each month. Room location is not held in the Lounge on the third Monday meeting (second meeting of the month). Please check the evening’s schedule posted at the entrance of the church which has the room name/number listed for each activity.  For more information about the Coon Rapids group contact: 
Darlene M. Weber, RNC. RTSTC Mercy-Unity Hospital 763-757-4452 Or 
Candy McVicar, Founder and Executive Director, Missing GRACE Foundation
763-497-0709 

Maple Grove GRACE Support Group

https://www.missinggrace.org/

Dates: The second and fourth Tuesdays of each month 
Meets from: 6:30pm to 8:30pm 
Location: Maple Grove Covenant Church 
9350 Upland Lane, Maple Grove, MN 55369 - 763-494-3233 
We meet in classroom 7 on left side of the building. Enter at front doors, go left down the hallway. Light refreshments provided 

The second Tuesday of each month the group does an activity that is helpful for the grieving process. (Examples are: Scrap booking, crafts, having a guest speaker, candle light memorial service, etc.)

Longville Area GRACE Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group

https://www.missinggrace.org/

Dates: The second and fourth Thursdays of each month 
Meets from: 7:30pm to 9pm 
Location: St Edwards Catholic Church- 4905 State Highway 84, Longville, MN 56655 
Phone: 218-363-2400 
Please enter through the back entrance into the church hall 
Facilitators: Melissa and Jason Gemmell 

Bradshaw Grief Resource Center Support Groups

http://www.bradshawfuneral.com/_mgxroot/page_10840.php

Several support groups offered through Bradshaw Grief Resource Center, including a group for survivors of suicide, a men's group, educational series and seminars. 

Montana

Healing Hearts for Moms

http://montana.networkofcare.org/veterans/services/agency.aspx?pid=HealingHeartsForMoms_1131_17_0#

A support group for mothers who have a child die in Missoula, Mt. This group seeks to help Moms through the grief process and to move on with life. Group meets the third Monday of each month. Contact Phyllis Tag (406)549-4333 or Judy Peterson (406)549-8482 for more info.

New Jersey

Lost Angels Bereavement Support Group

https://www.facebook.com/events/lost-angels-bereavement-group/440441216065937/

The loss of a loved one forever changes us. When experiencing the tragedy of a child’s death from drugs and alcohol, parents and loved ones often find themselves isolated and confused. A bereavement support group known as Lost Angels is being formulated to offer support, understanding, compassion, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of the children, grandchildren or siblings as a result of substance abuse or addiction. Carnevale Center, 10 Lenox Avenue, Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442   For more information you may contact Donna Andelora at dandelora@yahoo.com

Compassionate Care Bereavement Support Group

https://www.facebook.com/events/lost-angels-bereavement-group/440441216065937/

If you have suffered a loss and would like support.  We invite you to join us.  Wednesday Evenings in Hawthorne, New Jersey.  Call to Register: Donna Ash 973-916-1400 

Ohio

The Adonis Foundation

http://www.theadonisfoundation.org/

The Adonis Foundation is a bereavement Organization who assists those who have been affected by the loss of a child through Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Early Infant Loss. "Helping others is our goal."  Currently we are located in Ohio, however, we assist people in a national level.

Pennsylvania

Aching Arms Infant Loss Support Group

http://www.achingarmspgh.com/

Aching Arms is a parent led support group for families who have lost a child.  Group Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00-9:00 pm

The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh & Lemieux Family Center:
5324 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Bereaved Parents Support Group

http://drewmichaeltaylor.org/

(for parents who have lost a child of any age)
1st Thursday of each month from 7:30 - 9 p.m at the Timothy House annex of Messiah United Methodist Church: 30 S. Penn St., Shippensburg, PA 17257
Facilitator:  Marcie Taylor of the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation
Contact info.:  (717) 532-8922 or drewmichaeltaylor@pa.net.  Visit the site for more information.

Texas

Glory Babies (Tyler, TX)

http://www.glorybabies.com/

Based in Tyler, TX the Glory Babies support group and website is the ministry work of  the Children are a Gift Foundation.  Site includes support group info, helpful links, newsletter and memorials.  The support group is open to anyone who has experienced or been touched by a loss. The group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Grace Women's Center, 235 S. Broadway (just north of Front St. and adjacent to the Expert Tire) from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in Tyler, Texas. Childcare can be arranged with advance notice. Please call Jennifer at 903-939-1597.

Online Support Groups

Grief & Healing Discussion Page

http://www.webhealing.com

An interactive web site with online grief discussion chat and helpful resources.

Sidelines National Support Network

http://www.sidelines.org/

A network of support groups around the U.S. for women with complicated and "high risk" pregnancies.

The Compassionate Friends Parent Chat Network

http://www.compassionatefriends.org/

A network of chat rooms specifically for bereaved parents, siblings and family members.   A schedule of chat times can be found on the main web site.
A direct link to the chat rooms is: http://www.compassionatefriends.org/Resources/Online_Support.aspx 

Prayer Wave for After-Death Communication

http://www.christineduminiak.com/pw.html

Is a grief support and prayer website to receive a direct after-death sign from your loved one through group prayer. Contains a comforting message board to discuss afterlife experiences.

Tennessee

Listening Hearts

https://listeningheartsmoms.org/
Monthly gatherings for bereaved mothers from all walks of life. Multiple locations in TN.

Iowa

Parents with Empty Arms Support Group

https://listeningheartsmoms.org/

A monthly group that serves families grieving a loss through an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillborn or death of an infant.  This group meets on the third Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Formal Lounge in the UnityPoint Health St. Luke's Resource Center.  Preregistration is not necessary.