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    The Compassionate Friends, Cincinnati Chapter

    A national mutual assistance, self‑help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and adult siblings.

    East Group:

    This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, at St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255. Contact Carol Terbrueggen at 513-271-6809.  

    West Group:

    This group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm registration, program begins at 7 pm at West Park Nursing Home, 2930 West Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45238. Contact Michael Urbisci at 513-205-8291.

    North Group:

    This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, at Gwen Mooney Funeral Home, Oak Hill Cemetery, Tri-County, 11285 Princeton Pike (Route 747), Cincinnati, OH 45246 (on the west side of Princeton Pike between Sharon Road and Cassinelli Square). Contact Karen Pinsky at karenpinsky@gmail.com or 513-207-8714; Ed Von Bargen at edvonb@yahoo.com or 513-518-9358; Michael G. Rapp at mgrapp@hotmail.com or 513-554-4645 / 513-289-7400 (cell).

    A Casual Peer Support Group for Families Suffering the Loss of a Baby or Infant

    This group usually meets on the third Thursday of each month from 7-9 pm at St. Ignatius Church, 522 North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247. Contact Kim Kelley at 513-591-9968 or on Facebook . On Facebook you can find information about meeting dates and other information.  

    Companions on a Journey Grief Support: Bereaved Parents Group

    This group is designed for any parent who has suffered the death of a child, no matter what age at the time of death. This group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month, 7-8:30 pm at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 5720 Hamilton-Mason Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011. Contact Companions on a Journey Grief Support, Sheila Munafo-Kanoza at 513-870-9108.

    Companions on a Journey Grief Support: Perinatal / Neonatal Loss Group

    This group is designed for parents who have lost a child from miscarriage to birth or the first year of life. This group meets at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 5720 Hamilton-Mason Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011. Registration is required. Contact Companions on a Journey Grief Support, Sheila Munafo-Kanoza 513-870-9108.

    Hearts: Support Group

    Peer-led support group for parents who have lost a child through molar or ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, neonatal death, SIDS and birth defects. This group meets the second Monday of each month from 6:30-8 pm at Florence United Methodist Church, Room L12 (Green Room - lower level of church), 8585 Old Toll Road, Florence, KY 41042. Church Phone: 859-371-7961.

    Healing Together Support Group

    For families who have experienced pregnancy loss or the loss of an infant or young child. This group meets at 7 pm each month at Atrium Medical Center, Hilltop OB/Gyn complex, Professional Bldg., first floor. All materials are provided. For questions regarding the group or other HEAL services, contact Sheree Young RN, CPLC; HEAL Program Coordinator, One Medical Center Drive, Middletown, OH 45005, 513-705-4056 or HEAL@PremierHealth.com.

    Loss of an Adult Child Support Group

    This seven-week program is sponsored by Hospice of Cincinnati at the Goldstein Family Grief Center, 4360 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH  45242. Contact Alan Gruber at 513-246-9355. 

    Loss of an Adult Child Support Group

    Grief support group for parents who have experienced the death of adult children. For locations, please call Hospice of Dayton at 937-258-4991.

    MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)

    Materials, support and advocacy for victims of drunken drivers can be obtained by contacting Andrea Rehkamp at 513-769-6800 or by calling the hotline at 1-800-522-8641.

    Parents of Murdered Children, National Office

    A peer‑led, self‑help support group for the families and friends of those who have died by violence. POMC is a national organization dedicated solely to the aftermath and prevention of murder. Call 513-722-7802; 513-721‑5683 or 1-888-818-7662 for times and locations or visit the website at www.pomc.org.

    PLUS: Prayerful, Loving and Understanding Support

    Provides support meetings for parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn / infant death. Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9 pm at St. Margaret of York Church, 9483 Columbia Road, Loveland, OH 45140. Contact Mary Kuenzig at 513-300-1537 or mkuenzig@hotmail.com.

    Reach out to Grieving Parents

    Peer support led by parents who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm, at Christ Hospital, 2139 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219. Contact Carole Bonno at 513-922-8883, Grace DeGregorio at 513-791-1160 or Mary Kuenzig at 513-300-1537.

    Stars H.O.P.E: Helping Overwhelmed Parents Endure

    This group meets throughout the school year (in conjunction with STARS for Kids) on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8 pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Crestview Hills, KY. For information, please contact James Ellis at 859-301-4611 or james.ellis@stelizabeth.com.

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Support Group (SIDS) and Other Sudden Deaths

    This group meets the third Tuesday of each month at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, corner of Montgomery and Lester roads (enter at main entrance on Lester Road). This group is appropriate for those who experienced a sudden or unexpected death of an infant. Please contact Bob or Mary Ann Kirsch at 513-941-4490 or call the SIDS hotline at 513-636-8000.

    Support For Grieving Parents

    This group meets the second Tuesday of the each month from 7-8:30 pm at Dayton Children’s Hospital. For additional information, please contact Mary Ann Swank, Dayton Children's Hospital, One Children's Plaza, Dayton, OH 45404; 937-641-3463 / 937-239-9286 (cell) or swankm@childrensdayton.org.

    Children’s Program, Cancer Family Care

    Individual and family bereavement counseling available for children and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one from cancer. Various groups provided, as needed. Call 513-731-3346 for additional information about children’s groups and counseling services.

    Companions on a Journey Grief Support: Mending Hearts Program for Grieving Children, Teens and Families

    A faith-based, ongoing grief support program for children ages 4-18 and their families who have experienced a death. Groups meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 5720 Hamilton-Mason Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011. Families may register by calling Companions on a Journey Grief Support at 513-870-9108.

    Fernside, Center for Grieving Children

    A place of comfort and support for children and teens, ages 3-18, and their families who have had a significant death in the family. Fernside offers a variety of support groups for children, parents and guardians (see groups / locations below). Families may register for the program by contacting Fernside at 513-246-9140.

    • Parent / Significant Adult Loss Group; second and fourth Monday; Blue Ash
    • Parent / Significant Adult Loss Group; first and third Tuesday; Blue Ash
    • Sibling / Cousin / Friend Loss Group; second and fourth Tuesday; Blue Ash
    • Parent / Significant Adult Loss Group; second and fourth Wednesday; Western Hills
    • Parent / Significant Adult Loss Group; first and third Monday; Liberty Township
    • Parent / Significant Adult Loss Group; second and fourth Tuesday; Anderson
    • Parent / Significant Adult Loss Group first and third Thursday; Downtown Cincinnati

    For starting times and specific locations call 513-246-9140.

    Stars for Kids

    A support group for any school-age child and caregiver who has experienced the death of a loved one. Offered as a semester series during the school year on Tuesday evening from 6:30-8 pm. Series begin in September and January and are held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Crestview Hills, KY. For more information, contact James Ellis at 859-301-4611 or james.ellis@stelizabeth.com.

    Adult Children Grieving the Death of a Parent

    An eight-week support group for adults grieving the death of a parent. Sponsored by Hospice of Cincinnati at the Goldstein Family Grief Center, 4360 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Contact Claire Peasely at 513-246-9356. 

    Adult Daughters Support Group

    Support group for adult daughters who have experienced the death of a parent. Meets for six to eight weeks on Monday evening throughout the year at Atria Summit Hills Senior Living facility in Crestview Hills, KY. Sponsored by St. Elizabeth Hospice. Contact James Ellis at 859-301-4611 or james.ellis@stelizabeth.com.

    Adult Parent Loss Grief Support Group

    Grief support group for adult children who have a parent die. For starting date and locations, call Hospice of Dayton at 937-258-4991.

    ALS Survivors Group Dinner & Social

    This group meets tri-yearly at a local restaurant. This group is for those who have experienced the death of a loved one to ALS and enjoy the informal support and companionship of others who have experienced a similar loss. Contact Yvonne Dressman at 859-781-8555 for the date and time of the next gathering.

    A New Day

    A grief support group that meets once a month at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, IN. Sponsored by Hospice of Dearborn Co. Hospital. For time and location, contact Tim Heller, LCSW at 1-800-676-5428 or email deacon500@gmail.com.

    Circle of Women: Mother Loss Support Group

    Support group to address the needs of women learning to cope with the death of their mothers. Women of all ages will have an opportunity to reach out for support and guidance through the grieving process to foster self-discovery, hope and healing. Hospice of the Bluegrass, Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042. Call 859-441-6332 for date and time.

    Companions on a Journey Grief Support: Parent / Sibling / Friend

    This group is designed to assist anyone who has suffered any type of death; parent, sibling or friend. This group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 7-9 pm at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish Hospitality Room, 5720 Hamilton-Mason Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011. Registration is required. For more information, call 513-870-9108.

    Companions on a Journey Grief Support: Understanding Your Grief

    This group is designed for anyone new to COJ’s support programs. This is a time-limited session designed to help the newly bereaved understand their feelings and emotions. For more information, call 513-870-9108.

    Companions on a Journey Grief Support: Young Adult Group

    This group is designed to help young adults, ages 18-29, who have experienced the death of a loved one understand their feelings and emotions and meet others who have had similar experiences. For time and location, call 513-870-9108.

    Dealing with Grief

    Sponsored by T.P. White Funeral Home. A support group for those grieving the death of a loved one. Meets the third Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm at T.P. White Funeral Home, back office, 2050 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230. For additional information, call 513-231-7150 or Jan Borgman at 513-636-0069.

    From Grief to Peace

    Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:45 pm at the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home on the grounds of Spring Grove Cemetery, 4389 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH, and on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:45 pm at the Gwen Mooney Funeral Home at Oak Hill, 11285 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246. This is an open grief group designed to assist anyone who has suffered the death of a loved one. Please RSVP to 513-853-6856.

    For Those Experiencing the Loss of a Loved One

    A support group for those who have lost a loved one. Meets the first Sunday of the month from 1-3 pm at Neidhard-Minges Funeral Home, 3155 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211. Contact Janet McGrath or Lisa Groh at 513-661-3022.                        

    Good Grief

    A bereavement support group open to the public. Sponsored by Dearborn Co. Hospital Hospice. Meets for eight sessions in Lawrenceburg, IN. The group is facilitated by a professional staff member and a hospice grief volunteer, both spousal loss survivors. New groups start every spring and fall. Call for the date and time of the next group, Tim Heller, LCSW, 1-800-676-5428 or email deacon500@gmail.com.

    Grief Coaching Group

    A grief coach has the tools and expertise to skillfully guide individuals through the process of mourning their loss and getting started on the next phase of their journey. We begin by recognizing an individual's ability to heal, address issues, confront challenges and take action. The role of the grief coach is to bring these attributes to the surface at a time when they may not be apparent to a struggling survivor. Coaching involves forging a positive vision for the future and creating strategies for achieving specific life goals with an emphasis on action and accountability. This five-week group (current start dates include 3/4/15 and 6/2/15) will be held from 7-8:30 pm at the Family Life Center, Woodview & Compton roads, Cincinnati, OH 45231. Pre-registration is required. Contact Diane Kinsella at 513-931-5777 or flc@nmpchurch.org for more information and to register.

    Grief Support Group

    Monthly grief programs will take place at our new Linnemann Funeral Home Event center in Erlanger, KY. Topics will vary each month. Call Marsha Linnemann at 859-727-1250 for monthly programs.

    Grief Support Group

    For those grieving the death of a loved one. Meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 4-5:30 pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7820 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255. Contact Judy Sherlock at 513-965-9889 for additional information. 

    Grief Support Group

    For those who have lost a friend or loved one, sponsored by Hospice of Cincinnati at the Goldstein Family Grief Center, 4360 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. For dates, times and meeting locations of both general and specialized groups, call 513-891-7700.

    Grief Support for Adults with Disabilities

    Support group for those who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. Eight-week group sessions are offered at different times and locations during the year. Contact Fernside at 513-246-9140 for more information.

    Grief Share: Journey from Mourning to Joy

    Non‑denominational group for those grieving the death of someone close that features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. Offered at various locations twice a year for 13 weeks.

    • CrossPointe Baptist Church, 4596 Bells Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45244. For the next start date and times, call 513-528-1740.
    • Northview Wesleyan Church, 2407 Adams Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231 (Mt. Healthy area). Call the church for more information, 513-825-5950. All sessions take place at the Cafe' Gilead next to the church.
    • New Life Vineyard Church, 2470 Princeton Road, Hamilton, OH 45011. Call 513-267-2595 or KC Bradley at 513-260-0260 for more information.

    Grief Support for Schools, Churches or Businesses    

    Provides grief support and counseling for schools, churches and businesses that have suffered a death of someone in the organization. To schedule a program, contact Catholic Charities SouthWestern Ohio at 513-241-7745.

    Healing a Heart

    A support group for adults. A six-week program in spring and fall. Hospice Care of Middletown, 3909 Central Ave., Middletown, OH 45044. A drop-in group will be offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. For starting dates, times and locations, contact Judy Vincent at 513-424-2273 or jvincent@hcmiddletown.org.

    Life Transitions

    For those who are experiencing the death of a loved one from cancer. Meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30-8 pm at Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Contact Kelly Schoen at 513-791-4060 for more information.    

    Life after Loss Grief Support Group

    Grief support group for those who have experienced any type of loss through death. For starting date and locations, call Hospice of Dayton at 937-258-4991.   

    New Day Grief Support Group

    A nine-week grief support group for adults who have lost a loved one. Call for the start of the next group. Contact Kathy Teipen at 513-489-7489 or 513-474-6907.

    PEACE: People Enduring Addiction Consequences Everyday Support Group

    Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm at the Transitions Grateful Life Center, 305 Pleasure Isle Drive, Erlanger, KY 41017. For more information, please contact Connie DeMarrero at 859-635-0187 or Charlotte Wetherton at 859-356-3285.

    Stars for Adults

    A six-week grief group series for adults who have experienced the death of a spouse, parent, sibling or friend. Meets on Thursday from 6:30-8 pm at Atria Summit Hills Senior Living facility in Crestview Hills, KY. Registration is required. Contact James Ellis at 859-301-4611 or james.ellis@stelizabeth.com.

    Stars For Young Adults

    An informal gathering to talk about life affected by death. Meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30-8 pm. Contact James Ellis at 859-301-4611 or james.ellis@stelizabeth.com.

    Stars for Adults − Grant County

    A twice-a-month group that meets for brunch and support on the first and third Monday of each month at 10:30 am in Dry Ridge and Williamstown, KY. Contact James Ellis at 859-301-4611 or james.ellis@stelizabeth.com.

    Companions on a Journey Grief Support: Young Widowed Group  

    This group is designed for younger widowed persons who range in age from their 20s to early 50s. This group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish Hospitality Room, 5720 Hamilton-Mason Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011. For more information, call 513-870-9108.

    Companions on a Journey Grief Support: New Beginnings Widowed Group      

    This group is designed to help widowed persons in the initial stages of grief; typically this will be the first 12-18 months, depending on each person’s grief recovery. This group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm at the Raymond James Building, 8859 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester, OH 45069. Registration is required. For more information call 513-870-9108.

    Companions on a Journey Grief Support: Living Again Widowed Group  

    This group is designed for those who are further along on their grief journey and meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm at Wesleyan University, 9286 Schulze Drive, West Chester, OH 45069. Registration is required. For more information, call 513-870-9108.

    Spouse Loss Group

    Support group for those who have experienced the loss of a spouse. The group will explore the full scope and dimension of loss, the physiological and psychological symptoms of grief, and changes in personal relationships with family and friends. Call 859-441-6332 for dates and times. Hospice of the Bluegrass, Northern Kentucky, 7388 Turfway Road, Florence, KY 41042.

    Sunday Night Widow / Widowers Support Group

    This group provides peer support and social activities for those who have lost their spouse to death.  Meets on Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Hyde Park Community Methodist Church. Contact Becky Tupper at 513-947-9022 for more information.  

    Stars for Retired Widowers

    A grief support / social group for men that meets for breakfast on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 am at Atria Summit Hills Senior Living facility in Crestview Hills, KY. Includes guest speakers as well as time for fellowship. Contact James Ellis at 859-301-4611 or james.ellis@stelizabeth.com.

    Stars for Working Age Widowers

    A grief support / social group for men that meets on the third Friday of each month at 8 am at Atria Summit Hills Senior Living facility in Crestview Hills, KY. Provides an opportunity to connect with other men and find support in an informal atmosphere. Contact James Ellis at 859-301-4611 or james.ellis@stelizabeth.com.

    Stars for Widows

    Meets once a month at noon on Wednesday. Registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Gail Rizzo at 859-301-4611 or gail.rizzo@stelizabeth.com.

    Widows / Widowers Grief Support Group

    Grief support group for anyone who lost a spouse. Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 pm and the first and third Thursday from 10-11 am. Sponsored by Hospice of Dayton. For locations, call 937-258-4991.             

    Widows / Widowers Support Group

    This 10-week program is sponsored by Hospice of Cincinnati at the Goldstein Family Grief Center, 4360 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Contact Jenny Essell at 513-246-9356.

    Young Widows / Widowers Support Group

    A six-week support group for those who lost a younger spouse. Call Marsha Linnemann at 859-727-1250 for dates and times.  

    Companions on a Journey Grief Support: Surviving after the Death of Suicide

    For adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. Meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 7-9 pm at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Hospitality Room, 5720 Hamilton-Mason Road, Hamilton, OH 45011. Registration is required. Contact Sheila Munafo-Kanoza at 513-870-9108 for more information.

    Survivors of Suicide

    A peer‑led support group for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. Meets on the third Monday of each month, 7 pm, at the Centennial Barn at St. Claire Center, 100 Compton Road, Cincinnati, OH 45215. For more information, call Anita McKinney at 513-923-4375.

    Survivors of Suicide

    A peer-led support group for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. Meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 7-9 pm, at the United Church of Christ, 15 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 41075. Contact Carol Himes at 859-441-1958 for more information.  

    Survivors After Suicide

    This group is sponsored by Mental Health America, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Clermont County & the Clermont County Mental Health & Recovery Board. Please contact the group facilitator, Liz Atwell, prior to attending at 513-562-2583 or eatwell@mhaswoh.org.

    Tri-State Holistic Congregation

    Tri-State Holistic Congregation provides services to people of alternative spiritualities including Pantheism, Paganism, Celtic, Norse, Wiccan and Native American traditions. Call for time and locations. Contact the Rev. Paul Ravenscraft at 513-520-2510, or the Rev. Dan Newman at 513-542-1900. 

    Grief Recovery Method: Grief Support Group

    The Grief Recovery Method Outreach Program creates a safe environment and teaches correct action choices that help people move beyond the pain caused by loss. In this 12-week program, you will examine old beliefs about dealing with loss, look at various losses which have affected your life, and take new actions that lead to completion of the pain caused by a recent loss or one that occurred long ago. A Tuesday evening group meets at Crossroads Hospice in Blue Ash. A Wednesday afternoon group meets at the Cancer Support Community in Blue Ash. Groups are also held in Westwood, Hamilton, Mount Orab, Bethel and Georgetown. For more information, contact Mike Strick at 513-786-3743 or mike.strick@crossroadshospice.com, or Donna Hartmann at 513-786-3781 or donna.hartmann@crossroadshospice.com.

  • For More Information

    Contact:

    Jan Borgman, LISW-S, FT
    Bereavement Manager
    Cincinnati Children’s
    513-636-0069
    jan.borgman@cchmc.org