Central Virginia Support Groups


NEW– Grief Recovery for Addicts Parents Living Everyday (GRAPLE)
The group is for parents who have lost a child to substance abuse or addiction.                                 Meetings will be held at the McShin Foundation  3rd Floor Conference Room                                       2300 Dumbarton Road, Richmond, VA 23228 each Tuesday from 7 pm to 8 pm.                               For more information, please call Tracy Grow at (804) 229-5024 or Graplerva@gmail.com.


Compassionate Friends
St. Mathias Episcopal Church, Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA
Last Tuesday of each month at 7:15 pm. 804-254-0588

Comfort Zone Camp
A fun and safe camp for grieving children ages 12-17
Camp Hanover Mechanicsville, VA
Call for camp dates and ages – 804-377-3430, 866-488-5679

FREE 3-Day Family Bereavement  Program for Suicide Loss – May 20-22, 2016 for ages 7-25.  More info at www.comfortzonecamp.org.  To register a camper email  asinger@comfortzonecamp.org .

Comfort Zone Camp Sponsored grief website, very teen friendly –http://www.hellogrief.org/

Call for dates: Comfort Zone Camp, the nation’s largest bereavement camp for children, will hold a weekend camp session for children ages 7 – 17 who have experienced the loss of a parent, guardian or sibling. To apply for camp or for more information, please visit www.comfortzonecamp.org or contact Sherry Mullins by email at sherry@comfortzonecamp.org or by phone at (804) 377-3430.

Full Circle Grief Center
10611 Patterson Ave, Bldg 201, Richmond, VA 23238
804-912-2947. www.fullcirclegc.org

Hands on Healing Family Groups
An 8-week Hands On Healing group. Open to children ages 3-18 and their adult caretakers.
Each session is facilitated by experienced counselors and include dinner,
peer discussions, and a family activity.
All participants must register for the group prior to attending. There is no cost to participants.
Deadline to register is January 3, 2014. Groups often fill up before the deadline.
Contact Full Circle at 804.912.2947 or HOHgroups@fullcirclegc.org.

Kid’s Haven: A Center for Grieving Children
Provides support for children (ages 3-18) and their families who are grieving the death of a loved one. Call (434) 845-4072.

Perinatal or Infant Loss

The MISS Foundation Richmond Chapter provides support to families who have experienced perinatal or infant loss.
Meet at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church 1101 Forest Ave, Richmond VA 23229 (on the corners of Forest and Patterson Avenues).
Call 1-888-455-6477 for more information. Please visit the MISS Foundation website for on-line support and information at www.missfoundation.org

RTS Bereavement Services Parents Support Group
For more information Call Evelyn at (434) 200-4568.

Henrico Doctors’ Hospital
This support group is intended for parents and adult family members who are grieving the loss of a baby. This loss includes miscarriage, stillbirth, and an infant death younger than a year old. The group is free of charge and open to the community.
Forest Medical Plaza, 7611 Forest Avenue, Suite #320, Henrico, VA 23229 – At the Corner of Forest Avenue and Discovery Drive.
Contact Anna Regan, MSW, 804-977-5862, anna.regan@hcahealthcare.com.

Full Circle and Bon Secours Bereavement Center
Perinatal Loss Group will take place at Full Circle
10611 Patterson Avenue, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23238
Contact Britt Cowart at 804.912.2947 ext. 107 or britt@fullcirclegc.org.
This group is offered at no cost to participants, but all participants must complete the registration process prior to attending a group. Space is limited so please register early.

VCU Health Systems. Call or email for dates and times.
ASK offices, 5211 West Broad Street, Richmond.
Contact Manager for Bereavement Services at 804-828-4661.

Hospice of Virginia – Bereavement Education and Support Groups
(Groups and times are subject to additions and changes.)

Richmond: 1700 Bayberry Court, Ste 300, Richmond VA.
For information, please contact the Bereavement Department at 804-281-0451.

Tappahannock: For more information, please contact Leslie Park, Bereavement Coordinator, at 804-443-4090 or leslie.park@americanhospice.com

Farmville: Bereavement Education and Support Group. For more information, please contact Angela Edmonds, Bereavement Coordinator, at 434-392-9666 or angela.edmonds@americanhospice.com

Fredericksburg: Bereavement Education and Support Group. For more information, please contact Lisa Ostendorf, Bereavement Coordinator, at 540-371-4677 or lisa.ostendorf@americanhospice.com

Hampton/Newport News/Williamsburg: For more information, please contact Fran Ruggles Albro, Bereavement Coordinator, at 757-872-4677 or fran.albro@americanhospice.com

Online Support Group: The online support group is moderated by Rebecca Vlam, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice of Pennsylvania. The online support group is for people who are unable to attend a support group in person. It is not a real time group, but is attended by posts by participants to each other. The web address is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hospiceofpasupport

Hospice of the Piedmont
Bereavement support groups. Educational and experiential workshops on grief related issues. Short term grief counseling provided by bereavement counselors. Youth services provided through the Journeys program, where children and teens (ages 4-18 years old) receive support and grief education and use art as a tool for creative expression. Youth services include bereavement camps throughout the year for children and teens (age requirements vary for each camp.)
For more information, to register for an event or get on our mailing list, please call the Hospice of the Piedmont office at 434-817-6900 or 1-800-975-5501. Visit http://www.hopva.org/

Crater Community Hospice
3916 S. Crater Road Petersburg, VA 23805
Patti Cox, Bereavement Coordinator 804-840-6454
For info visit website www.cratercommunityhospice.org.
Adult Grief Support Group: After the death of a loved one, we’re faced with a wide variety of feelings and emotions. The challenges of our grief journey can affect us emotionally, cognitively and physically without a strong support system. Join us on Thursday nights to gain support from others who are in a similar situation and discover coping mechanisms that will help you and your family through the unpredictable journey of grief.
Participation is FREE of charge although space is limited, please register in advance.

Mary Washington Healthcare Hospice & Hospice Support Care
Office: 2300 Fall Hill Avenue, Suite 401 Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Programs include: Various bereavement support groups for adults, families, and children. Monthly educational workshops on grief-related topics. Annual weekend grief camp for kids.  Annual service of remembrance.

All programs are offered (free of charge) to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. For information, call 540-741-1667 and ask to speak with a bereavement counselor.

Bon Secours Hospice & Bereavement Center of Excellence
7229 Forest Ave, Highland II, Building A, Suite 108, Richmond, VA 23226
Programs include: Young Adult (18-30- or so) groups, other monthly workshops. Eight-week bereavement support groups for adults. Individual grief counseling. Service of remembrance.
For information and to register call or email Kristen Emerson, MSW Bereavement Counselor at 804-433-4710, Kristen_Emerson@bshsi.org

Sena Foundation – 108 South Main Street, Bowling Green, VA 22427. Services: City of Fredericksburg; Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.
Grief/loss support: one-on-one sharing; support groups; workshops
Website: www.sena.org
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM by appointment

Widowed Grief Group
Elaine M.C. Nowinski
emnowinski@fastmail.us – main email
widowedgrief@nowinski.com – secondary email
Spring and Fall groups
603 Holly Grove Lane, Richmond, Virginia 23235, 804-272-7787

Widow to Widow
First Christian Church, 3109 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24503.
Call Alice at DiuGuid Funeral Home for additional information 434-385-8900.

Young Widow or Widower’s Group
Contact Tammy Smith at 804-201-5741
The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month
Martin’s Community Room, 10250 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23228

Widowed Persons Support Group,
Registration fee $25 for materials.
Facilitator: Elaine Nowinski, 804.272.7787 or emnowinski@fastmail.us

Widows Support Group
Full Circle Grief Center, 10611 Patterson Avenue, Building 201. Facilitator: Ann Charlescraft, VCUHS, 804.828.4661 or acharles@vcu.edu. Registration requested.

Adult Support Group
Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA

Griefshare: Christian-based Grief Support Groups
We will be using three books:
Shattered Dreams: God’s Unexpected Pathway to Joy by Larry Crabb
To Walk and Not Grow Weary: Renewing Your Strength in Depressing Circumstances by Fran Sciacca
Walking with God on the Road You Never Wanted to Travel by Mark Atteberry.
The group will meet at Poplar Springs Baptist Church Christian Life Center, 5270 Charles City Road, Richmond, VA 23231
Contact Laura McBride at 804-795-7316 to register.

Christian Faith Oriented Support Group
Southside Rehabilitation Services, Colonial Heights Medical Park, 430 Clairmont Court, Suite 120, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Contact Don Phelps, D. Min., Director, Spiritual Care Services at (804)765-5593

Surviving Suicide: Out of Darkness
For those who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide.
Cornith United Methodist Church
23 West Williamsburg Road, Sandston, VA 23150
Contact: Brenda Mula/Paula Tate at (804) 980-1506

Suicide Survivors Support Group
for adult family members and friends who are grieving the death by suicide of a loved one.
Call Vicki Sandifer at Mental Health Association of Central Virginia at (434) 847-9055 to pre-register for this eight week long support group.

Grief Support Groups
For those dealing with a sick or dying or passing of a loved one.
Golden Living Center, 287 South Blvd., Petersburg, VA 23805
Weekly topics Include: Understanding Grief and the Grief Process, Coping with Feelings, and Self-Care.
Contact Andrea Uzzell at Auzzella@vcu.edu or (804) 239-3417

Cool Spring Baptist Church, 9283 Attlee Station Road, Mechanicsville 23116.
For date and time contact Jerry Deans at 804-559-7622 or jerry.deans@comcast.net.

Woody Funeral Home and AseraCare Hospice are teaming up to provide a support group to assist those dealing with the loss of a loved one. Every person grieves in an individual way; however, it is helpful to be able to share with others your experiences and to learn ways of coping with your personal loss.
Parham campus of Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N Parham Rd, Henrico, Virginia 23229.�
Contact John Ayres at 804-282-4364.

Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation
1329 Alum Spring Road, Fredericksburg Virginia, 22401
SibVentures Kids help other Kids “Ride the Waves of Sibling Loss”
Teen Grief Meet Up – Teen peer group on topics of interest related to sibling loss.
Contact Kim Rudat at 540-907-9734 or krudat@thegocf.org. Website www.thegocf.org.

Homicide Support Group – Richmond Police Department
For families who have lost a loved one from homicide.
Meet every first Wednesday of the month 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Richmond Police Headquarters 1201 West Graham Road.
Sponsored by: Richmond Police Major Crimes Division, Richmond Behavioral Health
and Richmond Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
Contact: Shirley P. Richardson or Ester Marshall (804) 646-3862 or (804) 646-8749.

Bay Center Grief Support Group
Bay Center, 31 Noblett Lane, Kilmarnock, VA
Contact Karen Woodruff at 804-761-3597 or Hal White at 804-580-9737 or
Bay Center 804-436-3191, www.baycenterva.com

New Century Hospice in Farmville
New Century Hospice is a new Grief Support Group in Farmville. We will meet at the Farmville United Methodist Church located on 201 N. Main Street, Suite 300, Farmville, VA 23901. For details, please contact Amanda Hayes at 434-395-1042 or email to ahayes-bowman@newcenturyhospice.com.