Local and National Group Grief Support Groups
This support list is provided courtesy of Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield and Fortville and is updated at least annually.
1. Local Grief Support Organizations
Adult Grief Support
Adventures for Widows, Widowers, Care Givers, and Bereaved Persons
Social outings bi-monthly. Day and evening outings offered. Call BJ Erlewein @ (317)467-4918 for schedule of events and/or to receive the newsletter. Hosted by Erlewein Mortuaries.
Hancock Regional Hospital and Health Service Hancock Regional Hospice Open, drop-in grief group every Friday morning, 10:00-11:00 am, led by the hospice chaplain. Meets at Hancock Regional Hospital in the small conference room on the Hospice unit (2nd floor). Call 317-468-4124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
- Grief Support Group
Ministry is led by Debbie Degner and will meet weekly for 13 weeks. Thursday evenings beginning on November 3rd at St. James Lutheran Church, 1741 S. State St. in Greenfield. Please contact Barb Gray at 317-517-9402 or email@example.com or contact Debbie Degner at 317-448-0397 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
& Hope Grief Recovery - for Bereaved Parents, Grandparents, and Siblings
Group supporting bereaved parents and grandparents. Meets the fourth Monday every month at 6:30 p.m. at 115 Tinker Trails (Sawmill Addition), Greenfield. Relaxed, informal group. Light refreshments. Contact Shirley Watson at (317) 498-6717.
St. Michael’s of Greenfield. Contact Carrie Smith @ 462-4240 for more information.
General grief support led by a Methodist Hospital chaplain. Held Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the IU Health Medical Center, Ronald Reagan Parkway, Building B1600, phone #317-217-3800. Other various locations and times. No fee. Contact Dick Bailey @ 317-962-8497.
Bereavement Support Group - CJ
Private grief counseling on a sliding fee scale. Located on north side of Indianapolis. Contact Christine Jakacky, MSW @ 317-594-9018.
Gallahue Mental Health Services
Group and individual therapy available. Medicaid and Medicare approved. A sliding fee scale is available based on income and dependants. Call 317-318-7100 for more information or 317-621-5719 for the intake line for new inquirers. 24 hour Crisis and Referral Line 1-800-662-3445.
Community Home Health Services
Provides a six (6) week support group for adults each quarter of the year. Also offers other grief support groups throughout the year. Locations vary. 1-800-404-4852. No fee, open to anyone.
Monthly Support Group - A monthly support group meeting for general grief support. Meets the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Rose Walk at Lutherwood, 1301 N. Ritter Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46219. Call 1-800-404-4852.
Monthly Support Group
A monthly support group meeting for general grief support. Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Westminster Village, 11050 Presbyterian Drive, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46236. Call 1-800-404-4852.
“When Grief is New: Grief 101”-
St. Vincent Hospice
Teaches about the grieving process and what to expect following the loss of a loved one. Second Wednesday of each month from 6-8 pm. at St. Vincent’s Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Road, DePaul Room II. Call 317-338-4040.
Road To Healing - St. Vincent
Open to anyone, no fee, held at St. Vincent’s Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Road, Suite 100. Five week programs for adults are held on a quarterly basis on Mondays, 6:00-7:30 pm. You need to register to attend. Call 317-338-4040.
Daughter’s Grief - St. Vincent
Grief support specifically for women who have lost their mother to death. Held on Mondays at St. Vincent Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Rd, Suite 100, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Six week programs are held on a quarterly basis. You need to register to attend. Call 317-338-4040.
Safe Haven - St. Vincent Hospice
A multi-session support group for parents who have lost a child. Held at various times. This group is on-going and meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the St. Vincent Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Rd, Suite 100. Call 317-338-4008.
Lunch Bunch - St. Vincent
A lunch social event at MCL cafeteria for widows and widowers held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 11:30 – 1:00. Meet at the 86th Street entrance of MCL at 2370 W. 86th St. Must buy your own meal. Call 317-338-4040 for more information.
Widows and Widowers - St.
A General Grief Support Group. Meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays from 11:30 – 1:00 at St. Vincent Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Rd, Suite 100. Call 317-338-4040.
A Place In My Heart- St.
This program is for parents who have lost a baby or a child during pregnancy. It meets at St. Vincent in Carmel, 13450 N. Meridian St (Entrance 3) in the Breast Center Conference Room on the 3rd Thursday every month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Call Amy Daly for more information at 317-582-7150.
Grief Support - St. Francis
Hospice - South side location
Open to anyone, no fee. Call 317-865-2092 for more information on times and dates.
Grief Support - Clarian IU Health
Open to anyone, no fee. Locations in Indianapolis, Lafayette, and Muncie with various times. Contact Lori Mercer at 317-962-0775 for more information or to sign up for the free newsletter.
Bereavement Support Group -
Meets at Bethany Christian Church the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in their “Friendship Room”. Open to anyone, no charge. Call 765-643-5713.
Open Arms – Through Community
Hospitals of Indianapolis
Offers monthly support group for families who have experienced stillbirth, miscarriage, or newborn death at the Community North Campus, 7150 Clearvista Dr., Indianapolis. Call 317-621-5275.
Survivors of Suicide Victims
Support Group – Through Community Hospitals
Provides monthly support for family members and others who have lost someone by suicide. Held on the 4th Wednesday of every month. In November and December they meet on the 3rd Wednesday instead. Meeting are held at the Gallahue Support Services Building, 1640 N. Ritter Ave., Indianapolis from 7-9 pm and are free. Call 317-887-7169 or Chaplain James Gaynor at 841-5269 for more information.
Survivors of Violent Death
Support group for families, close friends, and other survivors of a loved one who died as a result of violence. Also have children’s support groups at the same time. Meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Legacy House on the east side of Indianapolis at 2505 N. Arlington Avenue. Call 317-554-5272 for more information.
Heartland Hospice - Bereavement
Bereavement support groups meeting at various times during the day. No registration required. Walk-ins welcome. Through December 2013, there will be monthly meetings on the 2nd Wednesday every month from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Manor Care-Summer Trace, 12999 N. Pennsylvania, Carmel, Indiana (multipurpose room). Call Kelly at (317) 251-3012 or 1 (800) 558-6928 for more information.
St. Luke’s UMC
Many different grief support groups including spousal loss, parental loss, and infant loss. Free and open to anyone. Contact Marsha. Call 317-846-3404 for information or www.stlukeumc.com.
“Community In Touch”
Six (6) week groups. Call to reserve space: (317) 621-4646 (bereavement line)
Monthly Lunch Bunch
Meets 2nd Wednesday of each month at MCL in Castleton (5520 Castleton Corner Lane, Indianapolis) or 3rd Tuesday of each month at Ryan’s Restaurant (655 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis) for grief support. No reservations required.
Children & Teens
Caterpillar KidsSponsored by St. Francis Home Health & Hospice. Grief group designed for school age children and teens. Held two (2) times a year, six (6) week sessions. Contact St. Francis Bereavement at 317-865-2092 for more information.
Camp Healing Tree - Indianapolis
A weekend camp, usually held the last weekend in August each year. The camp is for grieving children and teens ages 7 - 17. No fee, sponsored by local area hospices. The camp provides a safe environment where participants may speak openly about their grief during group discussions led by trained facilitators. Although the camp focuses on grief, the environment strives to be upbeat. Campers may enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, drama, games, campfire, sing-alongs, and other fun activities. Contact St. Francis Hospice for more information at 317-865-2092.
Camp Hope - Madison County
Two day camp usually held in August for grieving children in Madison County. Children’s program also available at various times throughout the year. Contact St. John’s Hospice for information @ 765-646-8334.
2. National Grief Support Organizations
Widowed Persons Services - AARP
Grief assistance for widow and widowers. Support for changes in housing, family relationships, unfamiliar financial and legal matters. www.aarp.org Call 888-687-2277 or 1-888-OUR-AARP
AGAST - Alliance of Grandparents - A Support in Tragedy
Packet provided that helps grieving grandparents and gives information on how to help their children (the parents). Peer contact and support groups. Newsletters are sent 4 - 6 times annually. www.agast.org Call 888-774-7437.\\erlewein1\..\Receptionist\My Documents\www.agast.org
The center works with thousands of children, teens, and their families who have experienced the death of a parent, adult caregiver, sibling, or teen friend. Provides support in a safe place where families who are grieving a death can share their experience as they move through their healing process. www.dougy.org Call 503-775-5683.
NAMES Project Foundation
Organization dedicated to helping people with AIDS and their family members. Online newsletter available. www.aidsquilt.org Call 404-688-5500.
Parents Without Partners, Inc.
International, educational organization devoted to the interests of single parents and their children. Local chapters concerned with educational activities, family activities, and adult social/recreational activities. www.parentswithoutpartners.org Call 800-637-7974.
National Sudden Infant Death Support
Provides information, literature and support to parents who have lost children to SIDS or SIDS related symptoms. www.sidsalliance.org and/or email@example.com Call 800-221-SIDS or 800-232-SIDS
Suicide Prevention and Survivor Support
Volunteers to help a person considering suicide or for persons who have lost a friend or relative to suicide. Operate a 24-hour telephone service. www.afsp.org or www.save.org or firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-252 -TEEN or 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-617-536-2460.
National Victims Resource Center (NCJRS)
Justice Dept. provides access to highly trained criminal justice reference specialist who can help family members find answers to specific legal questions as the result of a violent crime. Free publications at www.ncjrs.gov or 1-800-851-3420.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Provided support, resources and education on miscarriage, stillbirth and infant deaths.
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TAPS - Grief Camp For Young Military Survivors & Adult Seminars
National military survivor seminar and good grief camp for young survivors. For children of all ages who have lost a parent in the armed forces. Seminars are available for adults and children. www.taps.org Call 1-800-959-TAPS.