Grief Support Groups
GriefShare helps participants apply biblical principles to the healing process after the death of a loved one. Throughout the videos and workbook, participants see how the gospel brings hope and restoration. Website:www.griefshare.org
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 129 S. Mason St., Appleton. Every Wednesday, 6:30- 8:00 pm. No fee. Contact Joyce at 733-0916 for more information
Calvary Bible Church, 1450 Oak Ridge, Neenah. Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No fee. $15 workbook optional. Contact Debbie Smoll at 725-3896 for more information.
St. Gabriel Parish, 900 Geiger St., Neenah. Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 pm. Contact Mary Ellen Brown, 722-4914 for more information.
Theo (To Help Each Other)
Support/learning for those who have had a loved one die. Held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 312 S. State St, Appleton, in the Community Room. No fee. Contact the Parish office at 739-5119 or Donna Nemecek at 739-2093.
Affinity Visiting Nurses - Hospice
Grief support for adults grieving the loss of a loved one. Groups are facilitated by hospice staff and trained volunteers. All groups are free of charge and open to all regardless of previous involvement with hospice. Contact Melissa Klebs, Bereavement Coordinator, 727-2000 or toll-free 1-866-236-8500.
Appleton – 1st Tuesday every month, 2:30 p.m. at the Thompson Community Center, 820 W College Avenue, Appleton. No pre-registration is required.
Oshkosh – 3rd Tuesday every month, 6:00 p.m. at the Oshkosh Senior Center, 200 N Campbell Rd in Oshkosh. No pre-registration is required.
Men Journeying through Grief for men who have experienced the death of a loved one. – 1st Wednesday every month, 6-8 p.m. at the Affinity Visiting Nurses office, 816 W Winneconne Ave., Neenah. Join us for a home-cooked meal followed by sharing of grief information and resources. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for meal planning purposes.
Peace through Grief – Six-week program provides information and support, looking at all aspects of the grief experience including emotional, physical, spiritual and social. Call for upcoming dates. Pre-registration is required.
Theda Care at Home Hospice
Living with Loss
A six-week grief support series offering support to adults who have experienced the death of someone important to them. Meets in the Life Enrichment Center, ThedaCare Heritage (next to Cherry Meadows), 2600 S. Heritage Woods Dr., Appleton. No fee. Advance registration is required. Contact Heather Pincelli, Bereavement Coordinator, 730-3408 or 800-984-5554, to register or for more information.
Teens & Children
Center for Grieving Children
The Center for Grieving Children is a safe place for grieving children, teens and their families to find compassionate peer support. Programs are provided to children, ages 3 - 18, and the adults who care for them, at no charge. Located in the Boys & Girls Club, 160 S Badger Ave., Appleton. No fee. A one-time orientation with the Director is the only requirement to attend. Call Loris Damrow at (920) 750-5839.
Teen’s Only Grief Group – 2nd & 4th Tuesday every month. Dinner at 6 p.m, group from 6:30 – 8 pm.
Family Night – 2nd & 4th Tuesday every month, 6-8 PM; begins with a shared meal and visits from our therapy dog teams. This program is for grieving children, ages 3-18, and the adults who care for them.
Camp HOPE is a weekend camp where children and teenagers can gather to work through the grieving process after a loved one dies. Fun is the top priority. Through playing, sharing and being together with peers and staff, the children and teenagers know their pain is understood and shared. No fee. For information, contact Becky at 715-341-0076 or see www.camphopeforkids.org.
June 22 – June 26, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm for grieving children, ages 7 - 14.Camp Lloyd is a day camp for children grieving the death of a loved one. It provides a safe environment where campers can explore their own experiences of grief, realize their feelings are normal and find support from each other. As part of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Camp Lloyd provides an educational opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about grief in childhood through study and one-on-one mentoring of campers. Held at the Ecumenical Center on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus. The camp is filled with arts & crafts, games, swimming and hiking. Register on line http://www.uwgb.edu/camplloyd/registration.html. Returning campers who have two or more years of Camp Lloyd experience will be accepted on a case by case basis. Parent/Guardian Orientation: Thursday June 18, 2015 4:30 – 6:00 pm. A bus to and from Camp Lloyd each day will leave from the Boys & Girls Clubs Fox Valley. You must register with the Center for Grieving Children if interested.
Pregnancy & Infant Loss
Ministry for bereavement of miscarriage, stillbirth, infant or child death, failed adoptions, and infertility. Support groups, mentoring, and resources. Contact Jeannie at 766-9380, 120 W. 8th St., Kaukauna.
Remembering Through Sharing
Theda Birth Center holds 3 events throughout the year: a Spring event, Fall (Walk to Remember) and Winter (Memorial Service). Contact Joan Heller at 920-729-2087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We Remember was created by parents, for parents, to provide mutual support and a safe place to share for those who have suffered pregnancy or infant loss. For more information on locations and times and an online discussion forum: www.we-remember.org or email email@example.com.
Survivors after Suicide (SAS)
Survivors After Suicide (SAS) is a support group offering help for individuals who have lost a loved one to suicide. The group is led by trained volunteers who are survivors and understand the different feelings this type of loss brings. You can safely share your feelings (or just listen) and every remains confidential. Come share with individuals who have also "walked a day in your shoes." Held on the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm at Shepherd of the Hills Church (enter Door #4), N1615 Meadowview Drive, Greenville, WI. The group is sponsored by Prevent Suicide - Fox Cities. For more information please contact Jennifer at Jen@preventsuicidefoxcities.org or Jmpotts@preventsuicidefoxcities.org.
Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
Support group open to those who have been affected by a death due to suicide. No need to pre-register.
Adults group meets the 2nd Monday of the month. , 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Teen group meets 3rd Monday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton. Contact Barb (920) 750-9091 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Groups for Widows & Widowers
A dinner and social group for widows and widowers. 2nd Wednesday evening each month for a wide range of social events at various locations in the Fox Valley. Also meets 1st Friday each month for fish fry at the Darboy Club in Appleton. Advanced registration is required. Contact Donna Nemecek at 739-2093.
Breakfast and social time for widow and widowers. Drop-ins welcome. Call 882-1326 or 731-9535 for more information.
Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8 a.m., Mary’s Family Restaurant, 2106 S. Oneida St., Appleton.
Mondays, 8 a.m., Mary’s Family Restaurant, 2312 N. Richmond St., Appleton.
Your local churches and faith organizations can provide comfort and assistance during your grief journey.
The Fox Valley has many professional counseling resources. For referrals, please contact us, your clergy or your healthcare provider.