Grief Support Resources

Including books, Local Support Groups and Website Links

Recommended Reading

This is a list of a selection of the many books available about the grief process.  We offer these titles as suggestions only.  Please feel free to call Dana Naumann, at (269) 343-1508 for any further assistance.

  • Auz, Martin M. & Maureen Lyons Andrews.
    Handbook for Those Who Grieve. (What should you know and what you can do during times of loss)
  • Cooke, Tony.
    Life After Death - rediscovering life after the loss of a loved one
  • Cornils, Stanley P.
    The Mourning After  - How to manage grief wisely.
  • Hsu, Albert Y.
    Grieving a Suicide - A Loved  One's Search for Comfort, Answers & Hope.
  • Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth & David Kessler.
    On Grief and Grieving - Finding the meaning of grief through the five stages of loss
  • Lewis, C.S.
    A Grief Observed.
  • McCormack, Jerusha Hull.
    Grieving  a beginner's guide.
  • Petrie, Ronald G.
    Into the Cave:  When Men Grieve. 
    Sandberg, Sheryl & Adam Grant.
    Option B
  • Schaefer, Daniel & Christine Lyons.
    How Do We Tell The Children? - A step-by-step guide for helping children and teens cope when someone dies.
  • Schroedel, Jenny.
    Naming the Child - hope-filled reflections on miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death.
  • Schwiebert, Pat & Chuck DeKlyen.
    Tear Soup.
  • Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Susan J. & Robert C. DeVries.
    Getting to the Other side of Grief - Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Zonnebelt-Smeenge, Susan J. & Robert C. DeVries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Living Fully In the Shadow of Death

The following book is for those who are anticipating the decline or death of a loved one, following a terminal diagnosis or as an outcome of the aging process.

  • Gawande, Atul.
    Being Mortal


Local Grief Support Groups

Langeland Family Funeral Homes provides a six week educational grief support group which meets periodically throughout the year.  (See GROW Groups section on website) These groups offer an opportunity for those who grieve to gain tools which can be helpful during the grieving process as well as a safe environment for sharing personal experiences with grief and loss.  Many people find this resource to be very beneficial as they navigate through the difficult journey of grieving.

There are also other local agencies who conduct groups to assist people in their grief journey.  The following list provides contact information for these agencies, either listing a website or phone number to contact for the most updated schedule and location of group meetings.

Langeland  Family Funeral Homes is not affiliated with any of the following organizations and the inclusion of their information in the listings is provided as a service.

Bronson Methodist Hospital provides a Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group for bereaved parents who have experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy (miscarriage or stillbirth), a neonatal death or sudden infant death syndrome.  The group meets monthly at the Fetzer Center Board room in Bronson Hospital's  Gilmore Center for Health Education.  Call 269-341-6639 or see website www.bronsonhealth.com/classes-events/

Bronson at Home - Battle Creek.  Do you feel sad? Lonely? Depressed? Guilty? Join us in this free five week program to learn about the process of grief and discuss thoughts and feelings in a safe, supportive group setting.  Group size is limited.  Call for more information or to register.  Instructor/Speaker - Kathie Black, LMSW.  See www.bronsonhealth.com/classes-events/  or contact Kathie Black - 269-245-3621.

GriefShare Groups.  It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now.  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 for twelve weeks to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.  GriefShare groups are led by trained facilitators and are held in churches across the country.  The groups are free of charge, but there may be a small charge for materials.  Go to www.griefshare.org/findagroup to locate a group in your area.

Gryphon Place offers a Survivors of Suicide Support Group which meets monthly.  These meetings are confidential, free and open to anyone who has lost a friend or loved one to suicide.  Before attending the support group for the first time, call 269-381-HELP(4357).

Heartland Hospice offers Grief and Loss Support Groups four times per year.  Once a week for eight weeks, the group provides grief education, emotional support, and an opportunity to join with others who are grieving a significant loss.  The group takes place at Heartland Hospice, 8075 Creekside Drive in Portage, MI.  The group is open to the general public and there is no charge to participate.  For more information contact the Bereavement Coordinator at 800-590-4329.

Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan offers a wide range of grief groups to support individuals (children, teens and/or adults) as they move through the grieving process toward healing .  Groups which are led by licensed grief support counselors and trained volunteers are open to any grieving person in the community at no charge.  For more information, go to www.hospiceswmi.org/all-grief-services/  or call 269-345-0273.

Kalamazoo Chapter of Compassionate Friends offers a grief support group for parents and grandparents who have lost a child or grandchild of any age.  Siblings are welcome, too.  The group meets twice a month. Call 269-589-4756  (ask for Melinda) or email kalamazoocf@gmail.com for times and location of the group and for more information on the Compassionate Friends organization go to www.compassionatefriends.org 

Are you aware of another grief support group meeting in the area?  Email Dana Naumann, Bereavement Care Coordinator for Langeland Family Funeral Homes with any information you have so she can follow up and include them in the community listing.


Grief Camps For Children

» Camp Anew

Camp Anew safe place for kids to take the next step in their grief journey. During their three-day stay, campers are given numerous opportunities to have fun, grieve, connect with others, and, most importantly, be reminded that God still loves them. The Camp is held at Grace Adventures in Mears, Michigan from June 27—29. Registration fee.

» Camp Erin - Detroit

Camp Erin is the largest network of bereavement camps in the country, serving more children than any other organization. Camp Erin–Detroit is run by the Henry Ford Hospice SandCastles Grief Support Program. It is open to children in 1st-12th grades. This camp will be held Friday August 18— Sunday, August 20. For more information and an application call Sandcastles at 313-874-6881. There is no charge for the camp.

» Camp Live, Laugh, Love - "In Life There is Hope"

Camp is held at YMCA Camp Nissokone in Oscoda, MI
July 21-23, 2017 —Ages 7-16.
There is no cost for this camp.

» Camp Star

A camp for children ages 8-17 years old that have experienced the death of a loved one, parent, sibling, friend, or grandparents. Camp is a weekend long, full of fun camp experiences along with meaningful activities to help the children understand that they are not on this journey alone. Camp Star takes place at Bay Cliff Health Camp in Big Bay in the upper peninsula of Michigan. August 11-13—Free of charge.

» Hospice of Michigan—Camp Good Grief—two locations


West Michigan
Held at Camp Nawaygo on Monday, June 16, 2017—application and information available from Katie Gedraitis 231-527-0913

Southeastern Michigan
Held at YMCA Camp Ohiyesa on Friday, August 4, 2017— application and information available from Jackie Morris 313-578-6328 No charge for Camp Good Grief—Lunch and Snack provided at no charge.


Grief Support Websites

Websites offer another outlet for education and additional resources for healing prior to and after the loss of a loved one.

»  The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


»  Center for Loss & Transition
A leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality.

»  Growth House
An international gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life issues. Hypertext topic pages link to sites around the world. Links to hospice and home care, bereavement, death with dignity, AIDS, and related topics in life-threatening illness.

»  GriefNet
GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have many email support groups. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues. In their "Resources Directory" is access to numerous other websites which deal with  specific grief topics.

»  National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.