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.
Oregon Support Groups
Portland Oregon and surrounding areas:
The Compassionate Friends - Portland Chapter
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
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.
Dave's Club for Widowed People
Support group for widows and widowers. Group meets Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:45 p.m at the Wild River Brewing Company: 2684 N. Pacific Highway, Medford. No need to register - just show up. For more info please visit website.
Oregon Infant loss Support Groups
Brief Encounters (Portland, Oregon)
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)
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
Footprints Support Group. (Tucson, Arizona.)
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.
CARE support group by Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. Group is for anyone who has been affected by the loss of an infant or newborn, whether through early pregnancy loss, miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal loss. Group meets first Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm at 1840 Paseo, San Luis Sierra Vista Regional Health Center Outreach Center, Sierra Vista, AZ. 85635. Call for more information 520-417-3547
Hinds Hospice-Angel Babies in Fresno California 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
M.I.S.S - Merced, CA
MISS Foundation (Merced Chapter) offers grief support to those enduring the death of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neo-natal death, and SIDS. For more info please contact Kim Lotz at 209-725-9241.
Hospice of HILO Grief Support Groups
Several groups listed here. Visit website for more info: http://www.hospiceofhilo.org/bereavement-services.html
Day-time drop in Grief Support: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 3-4:30 pm. Hospice of Hilo Community Center. Info Line: (808) 969-1733
Evening drop in Grief Support: 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month, 6-7:30 pm. Hospice of Hilo Community Center. Info Line: (808) 969-1733
Coping with Loss Due to a Suicide: 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5-6:30 pm. Open to all who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide. Hospice of Hilo Community Center. Info Line: (808) 969-1733
Clinical Grief Support for Healthcare Professionals: 1st Tuesday of each month, 5-6:30 pm. Open to all who experience loss in their daily work. Designed primarily for caregivers, nurses, CNA’s to recognize and work through their own feelings related to loss and grief in clinical practice. Hospice of Hilo Community Center. Info Line: (808) 969-1733
Healing Circles: Grief Support for Surviving Spouse/Life Partner: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 5-6:30 pm. Monthly drop-in support group open to all women and men who have experienced the death of a spouse or life partner. Hospice of Hilo Community Center. Info Line: (808) 969-1733
Open Arms: Grief Support for Anyone Who Has Lost A Child: 4th Tuesday of each month, 5-6:30 pm. Monthly support group open to all parents, grandparents and caregivers mourning the death of a child of any age. Hospice of Hilo Community Center. Info Line: (808) 969-1733
YOUTH SUPPORT GROUPS (offered by the Hospice of HILO)
Youth Supporting Youth: Drop-In Grief Support Group: 4TH Tuesday of each month, 5-6:30 pm. Monthly support group open to all ages 5-17 and their parents/guardians who have experienced the death of a loved one. This group is open-ended and on-going. Registration in NOT required. Hospice of Hilo Community Center. Info Line: (808) 969-1733
The Parents With Empty Arms Support Group meets the third Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are held in The Resource Center, St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The group is for those who have experienced any type of pregnancy or infant loss (babies up to two years of age). For more information, please contact Susan Fletcher at (319) 365-9844.
Livingston Area Missing Our Babies (LAMB)
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- 12:30pm. 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- 9:00pm. 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:
Angela Hospice Grief Support Services - Livonia, Michigan
Several groups listed here. Visit 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.
Missing GRACE Foundation Local Support Groups
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
Dates: The first and third Mondays of every month from: 6:30 to 8:30pm
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: Scrap booking, 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
Maple Grove GRACE Support Group
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 class room 7 on left side of building. Enter at front doors, go left down 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
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
Please enter through the back entrance into the church hall
Facilitators: Melissa and Jason Gemmell
Bradshaw Grief Resource Center Support Groups- www.bradshawfuneral.com
Several support groups offered through Bradshaw Grief Resource Center.
SOS Group: Survivors of Suicide.
Group meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00PM. Location Bradshaw Funeral Home : 4600 Greenhaven Drive, White Bear, MN 55127. For more information please call (651) 222-8597 or visit website: http://www.bradshawfuneral.com/aftercare.shtml
Open Grief Group: Discussion Group
Group meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:30- 7:00PM. Location: Bradshaw Funeral Home, 4600 Greenhaven Drive, White Bear, MN 55127. For more information please call (651) 222-8597 or visit website: http://www.bradshawfuneral.com/aftercare.shtml
Out to Lunch - Informal Grief Group
Group meets the 1st Monday of each month at 1:00PM. Location: Denny's Restaurant (27th & Lake Street in Minneapolis. For more information please call (651) 222-8597 or visit website: http://www.bradshawfuneral.com/aftercare.shtml
Great Falls- General Grief Support - Works with small groups or one on one.
Please contact Jerri Gertson 406-952-0235. e-mail- email@example.com
Healing Hearts for Moms - 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.
Aching Arms Infant Loss Support Group
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
For more info please visit - http://www.achingarmspgh.com/
Bereaved Parents Support Group
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More information available at www.drewmichaeltaylor.org
Compassion For Grieving Hearts
Grief Support for Middle Tennessee, Columbia , Tullahoma , and Shelbyville Areas. For Directions and locations, call Sarita Fields at Hospice Compassus. Phone: 1-877-604-4090 or email, email@example.com.
Glory Babies (Tyler, TX)
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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Perinatal Loss Support Group (Austin, TX)
St. David's Round Rock Medical Center, 2400 Round Rock Avenue, Austin, TX 78681 has free, open, ongoing, drop-in, Perinatal Loss Support Groups on Thursday Evenings, 7pm-8:30pm. The first and third Thursday: Pregnancy Loss Support Group; the second Thursday: Subsequent Pregnancy After Loss Support Group; and the fourth Thursday: Infant Death Support Group. All groups are convened by Kelly Boyd, Psy.D whose clinical practice centers on reproductive trauma. These groups meet in Education Classroom #3, front hospital entrance, the last room off the hall behind the Gift Shop. For more information call 512-341-1395.
Infant Death Support Group
Spokane, Washington. First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 P.M. Please call the information line, and someone will call you back with location information.
Info Line: 509-244-2909 ext. 35.
National Support Groups and Agencies
The Compassionate Friends
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 locater for finding a local group in your city.
SHARE Organization (National)
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. Web site has listings and links for local SHARE groups in your area.
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.
A non-profit organization in Philadelphia that provides grief support services to families suffering from miscarriage, stillborn, ectopic and neonatal loss.
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 grieving the death of a loved one.
Other Countries- Support Groups
Parent to Parent Support Group of Southeastern Alberta
Support group for families who have lost an infant to Miscarriage, Ectopic Pregnancy, Stillbirths, S.I.D.S and any infant loss up to one year of age. Group meets once a month on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday at 7:30 pm. For location or more information contact group coordinator Gloria Bish at (403) 529-9175 or by mail at Box 731, Medicine Hat Alberta, T1A,7G6.
Online Support Groups
Grief & Healing Discussion Page
An interactive web site with online grief discussion chat and helpful resources.
Sidelines National Support Network
A network of support groups around the U.S. for women with complicated and "high risk" pregnancies.
The Compassionate Friends Parent Chat Network
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
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.
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