Including books, Local Support Groups and Website Links
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.
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.
Ascension at Home Grief Support Group provides opportunities for learning and coping with the loss of a loved one and is facilitated by caring professionals. The support groups are held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 2:00 - 4:00pm at Ascension Borgess, Lawrence Education Center RM 123. The sessions are FREE to the community and walk-ins are welcome. For more information call the office at 800-343-1396.
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 Support. Painting with a Purpose - Water Color Art Session. This class is specially designed for those who are grieving and is facilitated by a KIA art instructor. It takes place at Heartland Hospice, 8075 Creekside Drive in Portage, MI. The group is open to anyone who is grieving and there is no charge to participate. Call Heartland Hospice at 800-590-4329 or email email@example.com and ask for the Bereavement Coordinator to find out the group times and register for the group. There is a space limit for each of the sessions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for times and location of the local group. For more information on the Compassionate Friends organization go to www.compassionatefriends.org
Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 provides a grief support opportunity on Sunday mornings at 9:45am. MOVING BEYOND – GRIEF AND LOSS is a program designed to help individuals discover how to move through a loss and navigate through grief and sorrow. The class is facilitated by a licensed professional. Contact Ryan Jackson for more information at 269-388-6237 or email@example.com
Unbroken – A Grief Support Group for anyone who has lost a loved one to addiction. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month 7:00-8:00 pm at Strong Beginnings, 751 Lafayette Ave. NE; Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Find strength from others who are going through the same situation; the loss of a loved one to the disease of alcohol or drug addiction. This support group is affiliated with GRASP – Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing, a national organization. For more information about the grief support group in Grand Rapids call Connie at 616-375-1547.
Wings of Hope Hospice offers monthly grief support groups throughout Allegan County. One-time or multi-week grief support workshops are also available, including an annual Fall Memorial Service and Coping with the Holidays Workshop. Groups are facilitated by licensed and trained staff, open to the community and free of charge. Contact the Wings of Hope Bereavement Counselor at 269-686-8659 or 1-800-796-2676. Information may be viewed at the Wings of Hope website: https://wingsofhopehospice.com/services/grief-support/.
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.
» 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.
Held at Camp Nawaygo on Monday, June 16, 2017—application and information available from Katie Gedraitis 231-527-0913
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 Recovery After a Substance Abuse Passing (GRASP)
For those who have lost someone to substance use or addiction. The website provides access to resources and also an ability to connect with others in social media who have also suffered this loss.
» 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 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.