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Grief Support

This central Ohio charity raises awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and hosts fund-raising events to raise money for research and help local families impacted by SIDS. Go online to read about the story of Baby Will and find local SIDS resources.
3971 Hoover Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
(614) 906-9455

Bobby’s Books

One way to help kids deal with difficult issues (such as a childhood illness, death of a parent or grandparent, death of a pet or friend or even divorce and other family issues) is to use children’s books. This program gives kids the chance to express their feelings and tell their own stories.
2233 North Bank Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 444-2882 or (800) 776-9513

Buckeye Ranch Somali Outreach Program

Through the use of Somali-speaking interpreters, they offer culturally focused clinical and case management services for youth and families.  They help with coping with trauma, loss, living in a new country and among a new culture.  Somali families are connected to community resources and this program has 24 hour crisis support and intervention.
697 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 348-7798

Camp Lionheart

This summer camp is a free, week-long, overnight grief camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Camp Lionheart is full of regular summer camp activities such as swimming, hiking, games and crafts, while incorporating structured grief group counseling sessions with trained, licensed professionals. The camp takes place at Camp Otyokwa in Hocking Hills.
24799 Purcell Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152
Campground phone: (614) 839-2447

Central Ohio Infant Loss Support Groups

    • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Seasons for Healing
      A support group open to all parents who have experienced the death of a child. They meet at the Center for Family & Child Advocacy on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Children and adults are welcome.
      655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
      (614) 722-5250
    • Ohio Health Infant Loss Support Group
      Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Kobacker House.
      3595 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
      (614) 566-4509
    • Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Pregnancy Loss Support Group
      Provides comfort and education for individuals, couples and family members who have experienced pregnancy loss through miscarriage, stillbirth or who have lost a newborn or infant. They meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Women’s Health Center on Cooper Road and the second Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Evergreen Center on Dublin Road.
      477 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
      (614) 234-5999 or (614) 898-4024
    • Mount Carmel Hospice Evergreen Center
      Offers several grief support groups for children and adults.
      1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
      (614) 234-0200
    • Compassionate Friends
      A local support group to help families with their grief after the death of a child at any age. They meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Ascension Church. They also meet in Delaware and other areas around Ohio.
      1479 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
      (614) 882-8986
    • Dublin Counseling Center At a Loss Support Group (Syntero)
      Offers a free support group for parents who have lost a child. They meet on the first and third Tuesday evening of the month.
      299 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio 43017
      (614) 889-5722
    • Sudden Infant Death Network of Ohio
      Offers support nationwide and locally (with 10 locations in Ohio) to families who have lost children to SIDS. Call their toll-free hotline for advice, support and help finding a local support group.
      421 Graham Road, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221
      (800) 477-SIDS or (800) 477-7437

C.J. First Candle

A helpful online site for grieving families who have lost a child to SIDS. Parents can join online support groups, share stories with other parents and find out more about SIDS.
(800) 221-7437

Companions on a Journey Grief Support

Open to anyone who grieves the death of a loved one. Offers over 35 grief specific support groups assisting with every type of loss, including loss of a spouse, parent, sibling, child, infant (including miscarriage), friend and those whose loved ones who died by suicide and murder. They also provide support through their newsletter, grief workshops, retreats and educational classes.
8857 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester, Ohio  45069
(513) 870-9108

Cornerstone of Hope

Focuses on helping ages 6 and up who are grieving the loss of a loved one. They provide services for individuals and families through different methods of counseling and therapy. They also provide educational training to extended family members so that they can help care for someone affected by the loss of a loved one.  Families also participate in remembrance ceremonies such as a butterfly release and holiday candle lighting in the winter. Click here for information about their summer camps and support offered to schools.
1550 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 824-4285

Hospice of Central Ohio

Hospice of Central Ohio provides comprehensive hospice services in Central Ohio including nursing care, pain management, crisis care, spiritual support, grief support, respite care and inpatient care.
805 Hillsdowne Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 891-6000 or Toll-Free (800) 804-2505

Kidscene Camp

A summer day camp for children in grades K through 6 who have experienced the loss of a loved one takes place every year at Camp Mowana in Mansfield. The camp is sponsored by Hospice of North Central Ohio.
371 Cline Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio 44907
(419) 524-9200 or (800) 952-2207

Mid-Ohio Psychological Services (MOPS)

Program:  Provides a broad range of mental health services to children, adolescents and families.  Individual, group and family therapy is offered and also their Therapeutic Mentor Program; which helps to enhance skills learned in therapy.  Other services address adjustments disorders, grief and loss, disruptive behaviors and mood disorders.  They also specialize in blended families, sexual abuse, domestic violence, anger management and ADHD.
Elibility:  children, adolescents and families in Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Delaware and Ross counties
Cost:  Ohio Medicaid is accepted and other health insurances will cover.  Contact directly for more specific information on services and payment options.
Referral:  no referral needed
2238 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio  43232
(614) 751-0042

Mount Carmel Hospice Evergreen Center

They offer family-centered support for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one; including pre-school through high school and adults.  Click to read their Family Grief brochure for helpful information on the types of grief a person may experience as well as details about the Evergreen Center’s free programs.
1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 234-0200

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Hospice Services

Provides hospice care services that care for the child’s physical, psychosocial, emotional, developmental and spiritual health.  Services such as therapy, nutrition or psychological counseling are available as needed.  Pain management, nursing visits, medical supplies, volunteer support and a bereavement program for families are always available 24 hours a day.  View their brochure for details.
255 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 355-1100

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pastoral Care

Provides emotional and spiritual support for families of all faiths and cultures. They provide Catholic Mass, Interdenominational Services and Muslim Prayer Service weekly in the hospital. They also have a program each month for all members of the family after the loss of a child. This program is designed to provide support and resources to all who have experienced the loss of a sibling, child or grandchild. Pastoral Care can be contacted for support and information regarding the loss of a child, burial services and support groups.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-5250

Ohio Health Grief Support Classes

Ohio Health offers several grief support classes and support groups for kids and parents of all ages at several different locations in Columbus, Delaware and Marion. They have teen groups, preschool groups, infant loss groups and more. Go online for times and information.
3535 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 566-5377

Ohio Health Hospice

Choosing hospice is a difficult decision. Families can discuss the benefits of hospice care and find out if it is right for them. They can contact Ohio Health Hospice 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ask questions or to request hospice services.
800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Columbus: (614) 566-5377
Delaware: (740) 615-0540
Toll-free: (888) 389-6231

PALS for Grieving Children

Fair Hope Hospice and Palliative Care has free grief support to individuals, families and support groups.  Offers anticipatory grief and bereavement support to children, teens and their caregivers. PALS also has Creative Arts for Mourning Pals (C.A.M.P.) grief camp that is held three times a year at Fairfield Medical Center. Contact directly for details.
282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
(740) 654-7077

Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support

Helps people nationwide whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through early pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. Parents can go online to chat with others going through similar situations, participate in discussion groups and find local resources and information about infant loss.
402 Jackson Street, St. Charles, Missouri 63301
(800) 821-6819