When a death occurs, it marks the beginning of a difficult transition period. Our family and staff wish to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our desire is to provide personal service and support that will comfort and assist you during this time. As part of this effort, we have compiled a list of bereavement resources that offer help and hope.
Contact: Audrey Rumler at 1(800)214-8112 or (419)824-7400
Description: Open support group, please call for more information.
Survivors of Suicide
Contact: David Norton at (419)243-9178
Date-Time: 1st Monday of the month at 6:00p.m.
Place: Lutheran Social Services of NW Ohio, 2149 Collingwood Blvd. Toledo.
Caring and Restoring Each Other (CARE)
Contact: Kim Folk-Axe at (419)291-9475
Date-Time: 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30p.m.
Place: The Toledo Hospital, Education Center, Room G, 2142 N. Cove Blvd., Toledo.
Description: This group focuses on the support of bereaved parents experiencing pre-natal death (miscarriage, stillbirth, or the death of an infant). The group provides support on a parent-to-parent basis with trained bereavement volunteers, as well as monthly group meetings.
Today and Beyond Ecumenical Group
Contact: Terry McKown at (419)475-4348 Ext. 112
Date-Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30p.m.
Place: Christ the King Elementary School, Parish Meeting Room, 4100 Harvest Ln., Toledo.
Ecumenical Bereavement Support Group for Adults
Contact: Rita Hoff at (419)724-4675
Date-Time: 1st Tuesday of the month at 2:30p.m.
Place: St. Patrick’s Parish, Holy Family Center, 4201 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.
TOLEDO & PERRYSBURG HOSPICE OF NORTHWEST OHIO:
Contact: (419)661-4001 or www.hospicenwo.org
Place: H.N.W.O. Toledo Center 800 S. Detroit Ave., Toledo. or Perrysburg Center 30000 E. River Rd. Perrysburg.
*Please note that advanced registration is required for all groups.
Coping With Any Loss
Date-Time: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:30p.m.
Description: An ongoing interactive grief support group for adults who are adjusting to the loss of any loved one.
Kids Grief Support Group
Date-Time: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00p.m.
Description: Interactive grief support gatherings for children, ages 5-11 and 12-16, who are adjusting to the loss of a loved one.
Mid-Life Spousal or Partner Loss
Date-Time: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:00p.m.
Description: An ongoing support group for those that have experienced the death of a spouse or partner during their mid-life years.
Young Families in Grief
Date-Time: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00p.m.
Description: For younger adults who have experienced the loss of a spouse or partner and their young children who have lost a parent. Adults will explore their grief and reflect on issues concerning single parenting. Children will use art, music, and play to better understand their grief. Adults and children will also have family time to grieve together. You do not need to have children to participate.
After Your Parent Dies
Description: Four weekly support sessions for adults who are working through the unique pain and healing process of grieving the loss of one or both parents. Share ideas and discuss various topics.
Grief 101: The First Step
Date-Time: One time, two-hour session
Description: An educational meeting that provides a basic understanding of grief and loss and prepares participants for further group experiences. Offered twice monthly, both day and evening. Please call for dates, times, and locations.
Men in Grief
Description: Four weekly support sessions for any man who is grieving. This group is conducted by men, for men to discuss practical tips for managing everyday life following the death of a loved one.
Description: Five weekly support sessions open to recently bereaved men and women who are adjusting to life without their mates.
Description: Seven weekly support sessions open to all adults who want to explore the spiritual dimensions of the loss of a loved one.
Holiday Grief Workshop
Description: A one time session open to adults and children in grief who are facing the holidays and trying to cope with loss.
Bereavement Support Group
Contact: Susie Waible-Rose at (419)874-7761
Date-Time: A nine-week program offered each spring and fall
Place: St. Rose Church, 215 E. Front St., Perrysburg.
Bereaved Parents Support Group
Contact: Sue Valle at (419)872-2541 or Frank and Brenda Cody at (419)878-4442
Date-Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00p.m.
Place: United Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Second St., Perrysburg.
Description: This support group is open to all parents who have experienced the death of a child (young child or adult child).
Our Children Remembered
Contact: Paul or Barbara White at (419)882-2676
Date-Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30p.m.
Place: St. Joseph Catholic Church East Campus, Richard T. Wurzel Family Center, Ravine Dr., Sylvania.
Contact: Nicole Bryant at (419)531-0440
Date-Time: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 11:00a.m.
Place: Olivet Lutheran Church, 5840 Monroe St., Sylvania.
Description: A group for people experiencing the death of a spouse. Please call for dates/times for groups concerning adults experiencing the death of a parent and for parental grief when an adult child dies. Each individual group will focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences of grief.
Suicide Survivors Support Group
Contact: Clay or Jodi Hepler at (419)290-6219 or (419)277-1946
Date-Time: 1st Wednesday of the month at 7:00p.m.
Place: Mayberry Senior Community Center, Centennial Rd., Sylvania.
Contact: Cheryl Peiffer at (419)696-7460
Date-Time: 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:30p.m.
Place: St. Charles Hospital, 2600 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
Description: This group provides for families, who have lost a baby through miscarriage,
ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or neonatal death.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Date-Time: 2nd Monday and Saturday of the month at 10:00a.m.
Place: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Community, 8330 Lewis Ave., Temperance, MI.
Bridge Home Health and Hospice Bereavement Services
Contact: Amber Wolfrom at (419)423-5351
Description: This group provides one on one support and educational opportunities.
St. Michael the Archangel Parish
Contact: Mel Householder at (419)423-9357
Date-Time: 4th Monday in January, March, May, June, October, and December at 7p.m.
Place: St. Michael Parish office, 750 Bright Rd., Findlay.
Helping You Grieve (HUG)
Contact: Deacon Jeff Mayer at (419)782-2776
Date-Time: A seven week program offered each spring and fall
Place: St. Mary Catholic Community, 715 Jefferson Ave., Defiance.
Contact: Judy Geiger at (419)732-7367
Date-Time: A nine week program offered each Fall
Place: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 414 Madison St., Port Clinton.
SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUPS:
Circle of Light
Contact: Judy Nikles at (419)423-9750
Date-Time: Once a month at varying times
Description: This group car pools from Findlay and Bowling Green to various places in the greater Toledo area. A newsletter is issued quarterly outlining the events, dates, and times.
Contact: Sharon Dewar at (419)874-4076
Date-Time: 3rd Thursday of the month at 12:30p.m.
Description: This group gives people the opportunity to go out and have lunch and conversation with others.
Contact: Stephanie Speith-Woolford at (419)893-1994
Date-Time: 4th Wednesday of the month at 5:00p.m.
Place: Maumee Senior Center, 2430 S. Detroit Ave., Maumee.
Description: This group for older adults who are experiencing the loss of a spouse through nursing home placement, divorce, death, or other causes meets for dinner once a month.
Widow & Widowers Club
Contact: Sue Speweik at (419)343-0449
Place: St. Catherine’s Parish, 4555 N. Haven Ave., Toledo.
An organization founded by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt “dedicated to companioning grieving people as they mourn transitions and losses that transform their lives”.
A national, nonprofit organization whose mission 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”.
A non-profit organization offering support and advocacy to grieving families who have experienced a death.