LOCAL GRIEF SUPPORT NETWORK AND GROUPS
GriefShare is a biblical, Christ-centered grief support group ministry led by lay people.
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.
Each week groups watch a video seminar on DVD. The GriefShare videos cover topics essential to recovery from the hurt of grief and loss. The videos are produced in a compelling television magazine format and feature interviews with grief recovery experts, mini-dramas, on-location video, and real-life stories of people who have experienced the death of a loved one. It is followed by time for focused discussion and supported by time for personal study and reflection with the aid of support materials at home.
Grief Share locations and meeting times
Hunterdon County – Flemington, NJ
Hunterdon Hospice - Adult Bereavement Support Group
Mercer County – Princeton, NJ
Trinity Counseling Service
Joe Immordino has been dong grief support since 2008. He offers grief support from the Calvary Baptist Church in Hopewell Borough. Currently, there is a group program every Tuesday evening from 6 to 7:30pm and individual support by appointment.
Compassionate Friends (loss of a child)
Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization with local chapters, offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees. The group is run by "seasoned grievers" who reach out to the newly bereaved. National website includes link to chat room and online brochure for siblings, as well as the ability to find out current contact information for the chapter leader in your area.
Mercer Area Chapter
Chapter Phone Line (609) 516-8047
Capital Health System
1445 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd
Hamilton , NJ 08619-3834
A structured and sharing support group for widowed men and women of all ages. Four, 10 week sessions a year held at the Resurrection Lutheran Church of Hamilton Square, 4315 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 on Mondays from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. Call 1-888-920-2201 or 1-856-234-2200 to register.
Good Shepherd Bereavement Ministry
A bereavement support group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. This is a 9-week program, using “The New Day Journal”, provided at no cost to you. The sessions are held Tuesday evenings at St. Gregory the Great Parish Center - Bachman Lounge, Hamilton Square, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Sessions run from September to June (there are no summer sessions) are followed by a two week break, then another 9-week session begins. Call Susan Commini, 609-443-1153, for dates and registration.
Living with loss – A general support group
Sponsored by The Visiting Nurse Association of Mercer County, Hospice Program. The goal is to provide members the opportunity to express their grief, to understand the mourning process, and to share coping skills in order to begin reinvesting in life. The program will be held in 8 weekly sessions. Registration is required. Please call to find out when the next session is available. For information and registration call Kathy Green at 609-815-3539.
Support group open to all who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This is a 12-week program that meets on the first and third Thursday evenings at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (next to RWJ University Hospital at Hamilton), from 4:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. For information and registration, call Ted Taylor at 609-631-6980. No fee.
Grief and loss for older adults
This support group is for older adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one. It is held the first Thursday of every month from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M. at the Center for Health and Wellness. For information and registration, call 609-584-5900. No fee.
This support group is for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. It is held in the Spiritual Center at St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, 3500 South Broad Street, Trenton on the first Tuesday of the month following 7:00 pm mass. Please call before coming at 609-585-7049.
Survivors after suicide
A self help group that meets every third Wednesday 7:30 PM at United Methodist Church of Pennington. For registration and information, please call Reverend Daniel Casselberry at 609-306-6403. No fee.
A self help and mutual support for parents, friends and siblings bereaving the death of a child. This group meets at Capital Health System (CHS) in Hamilton on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 P.M. Call 609-516-8047 for more information. No fee.
Rainbows (Programs for Pre-School through High School)
The RAINBOWS program helps children understand grief and loss and helps them get beyond it with a unique approach of play-based activities that are age-appropriate. Held at St. Gregory the Great Church on Sundays. For more information, contact Monica Quaste at 609-890-8190.
Big hurts, little tears
A play therapy support group for 3-to-5 year olds, held at the Samaritan Center for Grief Support in Marlton, NJ. Sessions are held for two or three weeks. To register call 1-800-596-8550. No fee.
Children’s therapy group
Group sessions will assist children aged 6 through 12 with the emotional challenges of coping with difficult events that cause change in the family structure and personal distress. Group topics include loss of a loved one, divorce, and life events involving change and adjustment. Sessions meet at the Bordentown office of the Center for Advanced Psychological Solutions, LLC (CAPS) which is located at 33 Third Street, Bordentown City, NJ 08505. Family and individual counseling services are also available. Please contact Dr. Jill Samo, CAPS Director at 609-538-0111 extension 2 to discuss insurance and fee arrangements. For general group information, please contact Jennifer Krencicki, MS, LPC at 609-298-4844 extension 8.
A support group held the first Monday of each month, for all parents grieving the loss of a child from stillbirth through age one. Registration required. Contact University Medical Center at Princeton at 609-897-8982 for more information and registration. No fee.
A national website with over 50 facilitated e-mail support groups covering topics such as loss of a parent, loss of a spouse/partner, loss of sibling or friend, spiritual aspects of loss, etc. Each topic has subtopics, such as young widowed, widowed with children, grief moving on, etc. Enjoy the flexibility of 24 hour a day, 7 day a week access. Some people often find the anonymity of an internet support group more healing. Groups for adults and groups for youth.
The mission of H.O.P.E. is to assist recently widowed persons of all ages in evolving through the natural stages of grief by giving support and encouragement for the future, by providing essential information, and by helping them to set and achieve new goals for living. H.O.P.E. is a non-profit, federally registered 501(c)3 organization in existence since 1978 and is not affiliated with any religious organization.
Good Grief http://www.good-grief.org/
Good Grief provides FREE support to children, teens, and young adults after the death of a mom, dad, brother, or sister. Our programs help participants develop the coping skills they need now and for the future. Peer-support is highly effective because children and families learn they are not alone, learn from those going through something similar, and are given opportunities to express their feelings and share memories. At Good Grief, we know that a supportive community makes all the difference!
Good Grief's also normalizes grief by providing education to professionals, community organizations, schools, and elsewhere. Programs are also offered for English and Spanish speaking families. In 2013 we will begin providing Spanish-speaking programs thanks to a generous contribution from the New York Life Foundation.
Mental Health Resources for Teenagers
Death of a Child
Imagine NJ: A Center for Coping with Loss
M.E.N.D. (Mommies Enduring Neonatal Death) is a Christian, non-profit organization that reaches out to families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or early infant death.
The Survivors of Suicide web site is an independently owned and operated web site and is in no way associated with any specific group, organization or religious affiliation.The purpose of the Survivors of Suicide web site is to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way.
Guide to Preventing Suicide
Suicide Prevention for Students and Parents
Student Mental Health Guidebook
Managing Grief Guidebook
Loss of Loved One Serving in Armed Services
To help kids deal with grief