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Grief Support Groups

Grief Recovery Outreach to Wholeness  - g.r.o.w.

The Grief Recovery Outreach to Wholeness Group is a six week program held periodically throughout the year, with daytime and evening groups available.  Grief groups provide a unique way to connect with others who are experiencing similar feelings.  By nature grieving is done in solitude, but this can also be extremely lonely with the thought that, "no one really understands...". By attending a group a person can realize there are others with similar thoughts and feelings.  "I am not alone." 

A different topic related to grieving is presented each week including: 

1.  Introduction to the Grief Process, Your Story... 
2.  Loneliness vs Being Alone...with Options
3.  Tears are Healing/Total Body Health Responses
4. Anger, Guilt, Stress in the Grief Process
5.  Grief Management - Setting Realistic Expectations
6.  Coping With Reminders, The Holidays, Anniversaries & How Do I Know I am Getting Better?

Come back to the website for updates on the group time and location.

The groups are facilitated by the Bereavement Care Coordinator, Dana Naumann, MSW

ALL GROUPS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE COMMUNITY AT NO CHARGE. Please call 343-1508 or email at to register for a G.R.O.W. Group

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6 Session daytime group

Winter:  February 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1 (Wednesdays) - CANCELLED

Spring:  May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10 & 17 (Wednesdays)

Fall:  October 6, 13, 20, 28; November 3 & 10 (Tuesdays)

 2:00PM - 3:00PM

New Location:  YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

                             1001 West Maple St.

                              Kalamazoo, MI  49008  (Overflow parking available across the street from the YMCA)

A Photo ID may be required to enter the building.

To register or for more information call Dana at 269-343-1508 or send an email to 

6 Session evening Group

Winter: February 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 (Tuesdays) - CANCELLED

Spring: May 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10 & 17 (Wednesdays) 

Fall: October 6, 13, 20, 28; November 3 & 10 (Tuesdays) (Location To Be Announced)

6:30PM - 7:30PM


Portage Public Schools Administration Building

8107 Mustang Dr.

Portage, MI 49002

To register or for more information call Dana at 269-343-1508 or send an email to 

Grief:  A Path to Healing 

Grief:  A Path to Healing is a monthly educational support group.

This group is especially for:

• Those who are new to grief
• Those who are going through a rough time in their grief process 
• Those who would like to better understand the grief process
• Those who would like to support someone they care about who is grieving
• Anyone interested in learning about the grief process

This monthly group, depending on the participants, gives an overview of the grief process and also offers tools which can be helpful in working through the grief process. It also can be a place for the participants to share their experience and get support from others. A person may come to one monthly session or may desire to return for several months.


 2nd Tuesday of the Month - January 14; February 11; March 10; April 14; May 12; June 9; July 14; August 11

                         6:00PM - 7:30PM

 Location:  Portage Senior Center                                                                                                                                                   320 Library Lane                                                                                                                                                        Portage, MI  49002    

 Located in a separate building to the south of the Portage Library

Facilitators:  Dana Naumann, MSW Bereavement Care Coordinator

                        Lynn McFarlen, Community Outreach Coordinator

Call Dana or Lynn with questions:  269-343-1508

Email: or

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