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Grief Support Groups
Listing does not constitute endorsement.

Weekly Grief Support Groups

Weekly Grief Support Groups are often intentional, structured programs with a clear beginning and end, and are of the most benefit if you attend all the sessions, since each session builds on the ones that came before it. Those kinds of groups typically require you to register in advance, and perhaps purchase a workbook and/or pay a registration fee. However, some weekly support groups are focused on social support, are open to anyone dropping in any week, and have no stated end date or cost to the participant.


Woodcrest Chapel
“Grief Share” (13-week Christian video & workbook course)
Thursdays at 7:00pm – call for dates, registration, and cost
2201 W Nifong Boulevard
(573) 445-1131

Memorial Baptist Church
“Grief Share” (13-week Christian video & workbook course)
Sundays, 5:00 to 7:00pm – call for dates, registration, and cost
Childcare is available
1634 Paris Road
(573) 443-1408 or office@memorialbaptist.org

MorningStar Counseling Center
Six-week grief processing group
Call for dates, times, registration, & cost
601 Business Loop 70W, Suite 153A
Shelley Hamilton
(573) 499-4572

Jefferson City

First Baptist Church
(partnering with AARP Chapter 4401 & Freeman Mortuary)
“From Loss to New Life” (8-week grief support course w/workbook) Especially for adults who have lost spouses
Call for dates, times, and registration
301 E Capitol Avenue
(573) 634-3603 or Charles Foster (573) 635-4382
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Jefferson City

Church of the Nazarene
“Grief Share” (13-week Christian video & workbook course)
$15 cost for workbook
Running continuously Mondays, 6:30 to 8:30pm
202 Schumate Chapel Road (Annex Building)
Church (573) 893-3922
Linda (573) 896-0241 or Melvin (573) 619-5554


First Baptist Church
“Grief Share” (13-week Christian video & workbook course)
Call for dates, times, registration, and cost
302 N Rutherford Street
Clark Dobbs (660) 385-5161 or (660) 385-3714


Hospice of Northeast Missouri
Six-week groups each Fall: call for dates, times, and registration
201 S Baltimore, Ste C
Carrol Davenport (888) 627-9711

Fellowship Baptist Church
“Grief Share” (13-week Christian video & workbook course)
Call for dates, times, registration, and cost
1701 Jamison Street
(660) 665-0633 or (660) 665-8251


First Christian Church
Every Sunday at 1:30pm
Widows’ Support Group
307 W Jackson (in church parlor)
Connie Pickering (573) 581-3207


Timber Lake Christian Church
“Grief Share” (13-week Christian video & workbook course)
Tuesdays at 6:30pm
1624 Gratz Brown
Fran Burton (660) 263-2166 or (660) 263-4168

Monthly & Semi-Monthly Grief Support Groups

Monthly and semi-monthly support groups tend to focus on relational and situational support as you go through the journey of grieving. Leaders may at times provide some educational input about grief, but will be open for drop-ins, and emphasize helping you through grief by being with others who can empathize with you.


Boone Hospital Home Care & Hospice
Meets monthly – every last Tuesday 6:30 to 7:30pm
Participants should call to register by 6 p.m. the day before
Parkade Center, 601 Bus Loop 70W
Marla Perryman, MSW, LCSW
Bereavement Coordinator (573) 815-8000

Columbia, Jefferson City, Macon, & Osage Beach

Hospice Compassus
Monthly support groups, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Columbia: 2nd Tuesdays, at Country Kitchen, 1712 N Providence Rd
Jefferson City: 3rd Mondays, at Perkins, 1722 Jefferson St
Macon: 2nd Thursdays, at Apple Basket, 215 N Rollins St
Osage Beach: 3rd Wednesdays, at Shoney’s, US54 & Lake Rd 30
Jackie Bustamante BSW, Bereavement Coordinator (573) 556-3547

Jefferson City

AARP Grief & Loss Support
Monthly group for socialization; speakers sometimes
1st Tuesdays, Noon to 4:00pm
First Baptist Church, 301 E Capitol Avenue
Charles Foster (573) 635-4382

SSM Home Care & Hospice
Monthly support group on dealing with any loss
3rd Mondays at 6:30pm
Panera Bread Co., 2226 Missouri Blvd
(573) 761-7069

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Jefferson City

The Compassionate Friends
For adults: parents, grandparents, & siblings who’ve lost a child through any kind of death.
Laurie Hodges, 573-301-3976
Last Mondays (exc. December), 6:00-8:00pm
St. Mary's Hospital-Room 207


Caring and Healing Hearts
Monthly support groups
2nd Thursdays, 11:30am to 2:00pm, at RJ’s Family Restaurant
4th Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30pm, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
(US54 & 4th St, upper level)
Jim Bogar (573) 873-1435


Carpenter Street Baptist Church
Grief support—especially for adults whose spouses have died
501 E. Carpenter Street
1st and 3rd Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm
Joann Franklin (660) 263-3195

Montgomery City

Schlanker Funeral Home (sponsor)
2nd Mondays at 7:00pm
Montgomery County Health Department
400 Salisbury Street
Carol J. Mills (573) 564-2350


Howard County Home Health and Hospice
Grief Support Group
Call for dates and time
Logan Comegys MSW (660) 248-2100


Audrain Medical Center
Katie Sims MSW LCSW
2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:15-6:15 PM

One-Day Grief Support Programs


For parents who have lost children 18 years of age and younger
One day programs every other 3rd Saturday
(Sep, Nov, Jan, Mar, May, Jul)
Columbia Regional Conference Center, 404 Keene St, Columbia
Merideth Lehman (573) 882-2977

Kansas City

Camp Carousel
9221 Ward Parkway
Kansas City MO 64114
(816) 363-2600
Camp Carousel-weekend camp for grieving children ages 6-16 and their families. The camp is usually held in the Fall of each year, and participants should register early as space fills quickly. There is no charge for the camp.

Jefferson City

Houser-Millard Funeral Home
Diantha Millard (573) 636-3838 (Phone)
2701 West Main
3-4 grief programs per year facilitated by Dr. Gene Rooney
9:00am to 3:00pm/Lunch is furnished, Call for dates

Grief Counseling and Educational Services
Listing does not constitute endorsement.

Camp Carousel-Kansas City Hospice
9221 Ward Parkway
Kansas City MO 64114
(816) 363-2600
Camp Carousel-weekend camp for grieving children ages 6-16 and their families. The camp is usually held in the Fall of each year, and participants should register early as space fills quickly. There is no charge for the camp.

Louise Flenner, ACSW, LCSW
George Flenner, ACSW, LCSW
3201 South Providence Road, Suite 201
Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 499-3875
(573) 499-0702 (Fax)
1303 Edgewood Dr.
Jefferson City, MO 65109

Houser-Millard Funeral Home-Jefferson City
Diantha Millard (573) 636-3838 (Phone)
2701 West Main
3-4 grief programs per year facilitated by Dr. Gene Rooney
9:00am to 3:00pm/Lunch is furnished, Call for dates

Jan Wheeler PhD
573) 446-5034
2804 Forum Blvd., Suite #4
Columbia, MO. 65203
Counseling for Adult/Adolescents (15 yrs and older)

You may be able to find these and other books at your local library, bookstore, or online.

Grief and Loss:
A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance – Help for the Losses in Life
From Aid Association for Lutherans 1-800-225-5225
72 pages of help for healing from many kinds of illnesses and losses, with 9 of those pages as references to numerous other sources of help
Beyond Grief – A Guide for Recovering from the Death of a Loved One – By Carol Staudacher
Men and Grief – A Guide for Men Surviving the Death of Loved One – by Carol Staudacher
The Grief Recovery Handbook
See the Web site www.grief-recovery.com for ordering
You may be able to find these and other books at your local library, bookstore, or online.

Grief and Loss: (cont.)
Companion Through the Darkness: Inner Dialogues on Grief – by Stephanie Ericsson
Don’t Take My Grief Away From Me – by Doug Manning
Letters to My Husband – by Fern Field Brooks
Good Grief – by Granger Westberg
Grief and lose through a Christian perspective
Why Are the Casseroles Always Tuna? A Loving Look at the Lighter
Side of Grief – by Darcie Sims
Available in book or cassette
No Time for Good-byes: Coping with Sorrow, Anger and Injustice
After a Tragic Death – by J.H. Lord
For those whose loved one experienced a sudden, and tragic or violent death (homicide, suicide, drunk driving, etc)
A Grief Observed – by C.S. Lewis
The author’s efforts to console himself after the death of his wife, reflecting on the fundamental issues of life, death and how one’s faith is affected by the loss of a loved one
Living When A Loved One Has Died – by Earl Grollman
When Bad Things Happen to Good People – by Harold S. Kushner
Rabbi Kushner wrote this book when he and his wife learned of their infant son’s major illness. This is a look at why the righteous suffer, reasons for suffering, the role of religion in our losses and our relationship with God as we struggle with our hurting
Life is Goodbye, Life is Hello: Grieving Well Through All Kinds of Losses – by Alla Bozarth-Campbell
Written by an Episcopal priest and therapist looking at all aspects of grieving and a variety of lifetime changes and losses
Making Loss Matter – by Rabbi David Wolpe
Based on ancient Jewish teachings, deals not only with death, but with many of the painful losses in life
Swallowed by a Snake? – by Thomas R. Golden
Winter Grief, Summer Grace: Returning to Life After a Loved One Dies – by James E. Miller
Offers relief to grievers using reflective text, photographs and suggestions for healing and coping
Chicken Soup for the Grieving Soul
A Guide to Understanding Guilt During Bereavement by Robert Baugher
Understanding Anger During Bereavement by Robert Baugher
What is anger, what causes anger and suggestions for coping with anger
Empty Cradle, Broken Heart-Surviving the Death of Your Baby by Deborah L. Davis
Talking About Death-A Dialogue Between Parent and Child By Earl Grollman
Highly recommended by Parent's Magazine
Giving Sorrow Words By Candy Lightner (Founder of MADD)
You may be able to find these and other books at your local library, bookstore, or online.

Grief and Loss: (cont.)
No Time for Goodbyes – Coping with Sorrow, Anger and Injustice After A Tragic Death By Janice H. Lord
How to Go on Living When Someone You Loves Dies Theresa A. Rando,
Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD.
Living Beyond Loss - Walsh and McGoldrick

Meditations, Prayers and Scripture:
A Time to Grieve – Mediations for Healing after the Death of a Loved One – By Carol Staudacher
Healing After the Loss – By Martha Whitmore Hickman
A year's worth of daily meditations for working through grief
Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled – By E.J. Saleska
Prayers and scripture texts for the bereaved, convenient size to carry with you
Heaven – by George Beiderwieden

Consoling Those Grieving:
My Friend, I Care – The Grief Experience – By Barbara Karnes
I Know Just How You Feel – by Erin Linn
The Resilient Spirit – Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.
What Will Help Me? 12 Things to Remember When You Have Suffered a Loss and
How Can I Help? & 12 Things to Do When Someone You Know Suffers A Loss – by James E. Miller
Two short books with practical, caring, comforting words for those who are experiencing loss and/or for those who wish to comfort others in their loss
Finding the Right Words: Offering Care and Comfort When You Don’t Know What to Say – by Wilfred Bockleman

Facing Death:
Gone From My Sight – The Dying Experience – By Barbara Karnes
A Time to Live – Living the Life-Threatening Illness – By Barbara Karnes
This booklet is written to help the one who is facing death
The Last Thing We Talked About – Joseph Bayley, mentioned by Erin Linn
A Sacred Dying – by Barry “Bears” Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman
How a family can lift the common veil of silence when facing death, to increase its members’ honesty, integrity, acceptance, love and inspiration. Find this at website: www.option.org/asd/index.com

You may be able to find these and other books at your local library, bookstore, or online.

Facing Death: (cont.)
Tuesday’s With Morrie – by Mitch Albom
Several years near the top of the bestseller list, and old man, who is dying, teaches a young man some life’s greatest lessons about living and dying
The Mourning Handbook: The Most Comprehensive Resources Offering Practical and Compassionate Advice on Coping with all Aspects of Death and Dying – by Helen Fitzgerald
Death and the Life After by Billy Graham
May I Walk You Home? By Melody Rossi
The Road Home by Susan M. Wurzer

Survivors of Suicide
That Nothing Be Wasted by Mary Langford (a mother’s story surviving the suicide death of her son)
Dancing With the Skeleton – By Centering Corporation
Handbook of Hope by Mary Burgess

Losing Parents in Midlife:
Midlife Orphan-Facing Life’s Choices Now that Your Parents Are Gone – by Jane Brooks
On Grieving the Death of a Father – by Harold J. Smith
Recollections of fathers’ deaths by a variety of well-known personalities

Death of a Child:
Our Stories of Miscarriage: Healing with Words – by Rachel and Fitton Faldat
50 personal stories of those suffering from miscarriages, written to help comfort and give hope to those also experiencing such loss
At the Death of a Child – by Donald Deffner
Addresses the emotional, physical and spiritual anguish bereaved parents experience and communicates the hope found in the Gospel
They’re All Dead Aren’t They? – by Joy Swift
A young mother tragically losses 5 children and finds recovery and health through faith
Angelic Presence by Cathy Lammerts and Sue Friedeck (a book on baby loss)
God is a Birdwatcher by Linda Musser (on child loss)
Roses in December by Marilyn Heavilin (she has lost 3 of her 5 children at different times in her life)
Fly Away Home by Deborah Davis, PhD. (for bereaved parents who turned away from medical intervention for their critically ill child)
The Walking Wounded by Beverly Foote Barbo (a mother’s story of her son’s AIDS related death)
Left Behind by Carol Kifer (a mother’s story of the loss of her teenage daughter)
Never Too Old for a Lullaby by Juanita White (surviving the death of an adult child)
You may be able to find these and other books at your local library, bookstore, or online.

Death of a Child: (cont.)
Into the Valley and Out Again by Richard Edler (a father’s journey after the unexpected death of his son)
Andy’s Mountain by Dwight Patton (observations and conclusions about grief from the death of a child)
When the Bough Breaks by Judith Bernstein (offers comfort to bereaved parents)
When Good-Bye is Forever by John Bramblett
Butterflies, Angels and Roses by Frances Wohlenhaus-Munday (Messages of hope and healing)
What to do When the Police Leave by Bill Jenkins (a victim’s father addresses the special needs of traumatic loss with insight, sensitivity, support and comfort)

Death of a Grandchild:
For Bereaved Grandparents by Margaret Gerner (addresses the issues grandparents are facing when experiencing this double grief)
When a Grandchild Dies by Nadine Galinsky (a guide for grandparents working their own grief while comforting their child)

Helping Children Through Grief
Growing Through Grief – Donna O’Tolle
What on Earth Do You Do When Somebody Dies? – Trevor Romain
Common Threads of Teenage Grief
Aarvy Aardvark Finds Hope – Donna O’Tolle
The Empty Place – Roberta Temes, PhD.
Lifetimes – Myran Mellonie and Robert Ingpen
Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers – Earl A. Grollman
The Loss that is Forever – Maxine Harris, PhD.
Grief’s Courageous Journey- Sandi Caplan and Gordon Lang
Helping Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One – William C. Kroen, PhD., LMHC
Helping Children Grieve: When Someone They Love Dies Theresa
A Child’s View of Grief: A Guide for Caring Adults Alan D. Wolfelt, PhD.

Eulogies and Epitaphs:
Remembrances and Celebrations: A Book of Eulogies, Elegies, Letters and Epitaphs – by Pantheon Books
A Labor of Love: How to Write a Eulogy – by Garry Schaeffer.
A self-help author guides people with no time or experience in a how-to for writing highly personal expressions of love, respect and memory

Other Multi-Media

Journeys: A Newsletter to Help in Bereavement, Dr. Kenneth Doka, Ed.
To order write:
Hospice Foundation of America
2001 S. Street Northwood
Washington, D.C. 20009

Bereavement Magazine
To order call (719) 282-1948 or e-mail at grief@usa.net

To Touch A Grieving Heart, film. Copyright 1994 Panacom Inc.
Panacom Video Publishing
P.O. Box 2006
Salt Lake City, Utah 84110-2006

The Power of Saying Goodbye, audiocassette by Judy Tatelbaum, MSW
To order, write:
Judy Tatelbaum Presents
P.O. Box 601
Camel Valley, CA 93924
1-800-COURAGE or (408) 659-2279

www.americanhospice.org – the American Hospice organization is rich in content and has great information and articles about grief reactions, dealing with grief in the workplace, grieving children and care giving.

www.griefwatch.com – resources for bereaved families and professional caregivers; basic grief education materials

www.bereavedparentsusa.org – Bereaved Parents of the USA is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to newly bereaved parents, grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings. This site includes brochures, articles and personal stories.

www.compassionatefriends.org – Compassionate Friends is a national organization that provides support to families grieving the loss of a child. The website includes a live chat room with general bereavement sessions as well as specific sessions. Compassionate Friends has 625 chapters with locations in all 50 states. Staff is available at the national office to respond to phone calls and e-mail inquiries.

Websites (cont.)
www.widownet.org – WidowNet facilitates communication between people about their shared experiences of grief, survival and recovery. It is a self-help resource for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery and other information helpful to people of all ages, religious backgrounds, and sexual orientations, who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.
www.aarp.org/relationships - AARP offers information regarding caregiver and grief and loss issues.
www.bereavementmag.com – Living With Loss: Hope and Healing for the Body, Mind and Spirit (formerly known as Bereavement Magazine) is a magazine that offers support through articles, stories, poems and resources for the bereaved by grief educators and presenters, facilitators and caregivers, authors and writers, and most important the bereaved themselves. Magazine can be ordered in print form or e-Mag. The website includes a catalog of books and other grief resources.
www.grief-recovery.com – Resources to help loved ones dealing with loss. Click on “Helpful Articles”.
www.helpguide.org - Grief educational materials for grieving and bereaved families and friends. Click on “Grief & Loss”.
www.hospicenet.org – Bereavement resources for patients and families facing life threatening illnesses, grief and death.
www.hospicefoundation.org – Exists to help those who cope personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief and bereavement. Click on “Grief” and then “Selected Articles”.
www.griefnet.org – E-mail support groups for adults and kids.
www.partnershipforparents.org – A support network for parents who have a child with a serious illness or who have lost a child. Resources also provided for siblings. Links to numerous related resources.
www.griefsong.com - Resource for a variety of books, tapes, CD’s, music concerts and workshops all focused on offering comfort, support and hope to those who are grieving.
www.groww.com - Acronym for Grief Recovery Online (founded by) Widows and Widowers (but also a support community for all bereaved). Provides a “chat room” for the bereaved to share with and support each other.
www.mentalhelp.net – Great information including videos on grief and bereavement issues.
www.willowgreen.com - Grief resources by James Miller who creates audiovisual, print and photographic resources. Also includes information about various workshops he presents related to grief and loss.

Websites (cont.)
www.webhealing.com - Includes book lists, articles, numerous links to other grief resources and a discussion board for people to discuss grief related issues.
www.griefsjourney.com – a website primarily for those grieving the death of a spouse or partner; also has links to both grief related and life management resources such as: cooking for one, how to get help with the personal computer, and legal/financial sources of information.
www.caringinfo.org – Grief and loss information for adults, children, friends and employees/co-workers that are grieving. Caring Connection brochures can be downloaded; brochure topics include information regarding Advanced Directives, end of life decision-making and care concerns, care giving, grief and some Spanish/English and Chinese/English Bilingual resources.
www.afsp.org - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – An excellent resource that focuses on research, education and advocacy, and reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. This organization has an annual teleconference, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, for the survivors of suicide. The website has educational materials regarding suicide as well as information about current campaigns and initiatives addressing suicide prevention.
www.twinlesstwins.org (or call 1-888-205-8962) – Support for twins who have lost their twin.