Grief Resources

This list was prepared as a service by the Washington Park Cemetery Association. Many of these groups’ contact people and phone numbers change from time to time. If you find an incorrect phone number or if you know of an additional group that should be listed, please call Maureen Lindley at (317) 362-7691. If you do not find a support group that meets your needs, check with your local church, hospital, mental health center or a disease-specific organization (heart association, cancer society, Alzheimer’s, etc.) for additional programs.

For Adults

Community Home Health Bereavement Services, 621-4646

(Contact person: Linda Shepherd) or 800-404-4852 (and ask for Bereavement Services)
They offer support groups free of charge to adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. These are open to anyone. They are six week sessions, and they begin four times a year. Both daytime and evening sessions are offered. These sessions are “closed” groups, so an individual must call to sign up and to learn specific details of dates, times, and locations.

Ruth Lilly Hospice, 962-5000

(Contact person: Lori Mercer)
They offer support groups free of charge for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. These are open to anyone. They are eight week sessions, and they begin three times a year. Both daytime and evening groups are offered. They are “closed” groups, so an individual must call to sign up and learn specific details for time and location to attend.

St. Francis Hospice, 865-2092

(Contact person: any Chaplain available)
They offer support groups free of charge to adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. These are open to anyone. They are six week sessions, and they begin four times a year. They are offered on the North, South, and East side of Indy as well as in the Anderson area. These sessions are “closed” groups, so an individual must call to sign up and to learn specific details of dates, times, and locations.

VistaCare, 788-0300 or 800-480-9408

(Contact person: Neal Schaefer)
They offer support groups free of charge to adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. These six week sessions are open to anyone. They are six week sessions, and they are offered throughout the year. They are “closed” groups, so an individual must call to sign up and learn specific dates and times. All meetings take place at the VistaCare Office, located at 6431 S. East Street (Indianapolis). Also, if a support group is not being offered at the current time, they can recommend other groups in the area as well as counselors who specialize in grief.

St. Vincent Hospice Bereavement Center, 338-4040

They offer various support groups free of charge throughout the year: *The Road to Healing: Any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one can attend this six-week support group. It is offered four times a year at two different locations (including St. Vincent Hospice, 8450 N. Payne Road) with daytime and evening options. An individual must call to register and learn specific details of the dates, times, and location. There is a 12 person maximum for the group each session.

*Daughter’s Grief:

Any female adult who has experienced the death of her mother can attend this six-week support group. It is offered four times a year in the evenings. They meet at the St. Vincent Hospice (8450 N. Payne Road). There is a 12 person maximum for the group each session. An individual must call to register and learn specific details of the dates and times.

*Safe Haven

Any bereaved parent who has lost a child of any age (baby/child/or adult) may attend this seven-week support group. It is offered twice a year (Spring and Fall). They meet at the St. Vincent Hospice (8450 N. Payne Road). An individual must call to register and learn specific details of the dates and times.

For Parents

Community Hospitals, 621-5275 (Contact person: Joni Cutshaw)

They offer a support group free of charge to families who are grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death. The group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Although the group is open to anyone (regardless of where the birth of child occurred), an individual wanting to attend will need to call to find out directions to the location of the gathering.

Compassionate Friends, 996-3209 or 634-5561 (Contact person: Penni Risener ),

www.compassionatefriends.org (then follow links to the Central Indiana chapter)

They offer support groups for parents, grandparents, and adult siblings when a child of any age dies. There are two free opportunities for support groups, meeting at different locations and times. They meet the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm at First Baptist Church in Greenwood (99 W. Main Street, Greenwood). There is also another group that meets on the 2nd Friday of the month at 7:30 pm at Second Presbyterian Church (7700 N. Meridian Street). These groups are on-going. Registration is not required, however, an individual can call Penni Risner at the numbers listed above for more information.

First Candle,1-800-221-7437 www.firstcandle.org

They offer one-on-one support to families who experience death of a baby to SIDS, stillbirth, or other cause of infant death. Individuals can visit the website or call the number listed above for a bilingual crisis counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hendricks County Regional Health, 745-3417 (Contact person: Josephine Manns)

They offer a support group free of charge to families who are grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death. The group meets every other Wednesday. Although the group is open to anyone (regardless of where the birth of child occurred), an individual wanting to attend will need to call to find out directions to the location of the gathering.

Methodist Hospital, 962-8153 (Contact person: Jane Heatis, Bereavement Office)

They offer one-on-one support free of charge to families who are grieving the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death. (Child does not have to have been born at Methodist.)

Neo-Fight, Inc., 446-3013 (Listening Line Contact Person: Theresa) www.neofight.org

NeoFight is an Indianapolis based organization dedicated to helping families experiencing a perinatal crisis. They provide support to families who have lost a baby through miscarriage or stillbirth, have a premature or critically ill newborn, have delivered an infant with birth defect, or have experienced the death of a child shortly after birth. They have no formal support groups. However, they match someone (or a family) up with someone else who has experienced a similar situation. An individual can either call (or visit the website) to talk with someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For Children

Brooke’s Place, 705-9650 http://www.brookesplace.org

They offer on-going support groups, free of charge, for children ages 3 to young adult (20+) who have experienced the death of any loved one and their caregivers. These support groups are offered at two sites and are held every other week. Families may participate for as little or as long as they deem necessary. An adult must call the number listed above (or visit the website) to speak with a representative at Brooke’s Place to register for the group and to find out the location and time information. Occasionally, Brooke’s Place offers social activities for the participants in the support groups.

St. Francis Hospice, 862-2092 (Contact person: any Chaplain available) *Caterpillar Kids:

They offer education and support for children ages 5 to 12 who have experienced the death of a loved one. There is a free support group that meets for 6 weeks and is offered various times through the year. Registration is required. For more information or to register, an individual can call the number listed above.

Camp Healing Tree, www.camphealingtree.org

Offered cooperatively by several hospitals, this program is a weekend camp held in late August every year for children ages 7-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one. For more information, an individual can call any of the people listed below:

St. Francis Hospice, Roberta White, 865-2092

Ruth Lilly Hospice, Lisa French, 962-0626

St. Vincent, Chaplain, 338-4040

Vista Care, Chaplain, 788-0300

Suggested Reading for Children/Teenagers

Help Me Say Goodbye: Activities for Helping Kids Cope When a Special Person Dies

by Janis Silverman

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

This is a story of a young man who must deal with the death of his parents. His trials and tribulations with magic help him as he encounters death, grief and fear along with adventure.

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss (Elf-Help Books for Kids)

by Michaelene Mundy

I Miss You: A First Look At Death by Pat Thomas

Special Needs

Survivors of Suicide Victims

Survivors of Suicide Victims, 621-5269 (Contact person: Jim Gaynor)

This is a support group free of charge for adults and/or children (preferably attending with an adult) who have experienced the death of a loved one to suicide. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday (except in November and December, it is the 3rd Wednesday) at 7 pm at 1640 N. Ritter Avenue. There is no need to register. However, if an individual would like more information, they can call the number above.

Survivors of Violent Death

Legacy House, 554-5272

This safe place is for adults and children working through reactions to violence of all types: homicide, family violence, childhood deprivation, robbery, sexual abuse, and stalking. Services include crisis intervention, support groups, victim advocacy, individual and family counseling. All services are free of charge. Call the number listed above for further information and details on services provided.

Survivors of Cancer Death

The Wellness Community of Central Indiana, 257-1507

Their “Family Transition” support group is free of charge to adults age 21 and over who have experienced the death of a loved one in the last two years from cancer. They meet weekly on Mondays at 6 pm at The Wellness Community of Central Indiana office in the Keystone at the Crossing area. Before attending a session, an individual will need to call the number above to register.

Widows/Widowers

St. Vincent Hospice Bereavement Center, 338-4040

They offer an on-going support drop-in group for any adult who is a widow or widower. Participants bring a sack lunch and join others, with no registration necessary. It is offered the 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month from 11:30 am-1 pm at St. Vincent Hospice (8450 N. Payne Road). For more information, an individual can call the number listed above.

Greenwood Christian Church, 881-9336

group session meets on the 1st and 3rd Wed of the month at 11 a.m. located at 2045 Averitt Rd. Greenwood, IN 46143


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Indianapolis, IN 46202
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