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Grief Support

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) 545-9028
bobbysbooks.org

Buckeye Ranch Somali Outreach Program

Through the use of Somali-speaking interpreters and trained staff, they offer culturally focused clinical and case management services for youth and families. The home-based program help with coping with trauma, loss, and 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.
2865 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
(614) 875-2371
buckeyeranch.org/programs/community-based-programs/home-based-services.html

Camp Hope

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 or Camp Mohaven in Danville. The camp is sponsored by Hospice of North Central Ohio.
Mansfield Location: 2131 Park Avenue West, Ontario, Ohio 44906
Ashland Location: 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, Ohio 44805
(419) 281-7107 or (800) 952-2207
hospiceofnorthcentralohio.org/bereavement

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.
Administration Office: 1016 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Camp Location: 24799 Purcell Road, South Bloomingville, Ohio 43152
(614) 506-7959
camplionheart.org

Central Ohio Child/Infant Loss Support Groups

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital Seasons for Caring (Hospital Family Bereavement Group)
    A support group open to all parents who have experienced the death of a child.
    655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 722-5250
    nationwidechildrenshospital.org/family-support-groups
  • Mount Carmel Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Services
    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
    mountcarmelhealth.com/pregnancy-infant-loss
  • The Compassionate Friends Columbus & Central Ohio Chapter
    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
    tcfcolumbusoh.org
    National Website: compassionatefriends.org
  • Baby 1st Network
    Offers bereavement support services throughout the state 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
    (330) 929-9911 or (800) 477-7437
    baby1stnetwork.org

CJ First Candle

CJ First Candle is dedicated to helping people learn about pregnancy and newborn care, stillborn births and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/ Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS). There are extensive resources for grief support. Grief counselors are available over the phone 24 hours a day. Parents can join online support groups, share stories with other parents and find out more about SIDS.
49 Locust Avenue, New Canaan, Connecticut 06840
For Grief Support: (800) 221-7437
cjsids.org

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
companionsonajourney.org

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
cornerstoneofhope.org

Directions Counseling Group

Program: office-based, online and phone-based counseling for general mental health problems (ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, behavior problems, depression and more), teen counseling, marriage and family counseling, divorce and separation, trauma/PTSD, anger management, play therapy, grief and loss, parenting, substance abuse counseling, no psychiatry
Eligibility: males and females, age 3 and older
Cost: self-pay only (sliding scale fees based on income), no government insurance, no private insurance (although patients may choose to bill their insurance company themselves)
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by someone else
6797 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43085
(614) 888-9200
directionscounseling.com

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.

  • Columbus: 805 Hillsdowne Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
    (614) 891-6000
  • Inpatient Care Center: 1320 West Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 344-0379
  • Newark: 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 788-1400
  • Lancaster: 109 North Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 681-1000

Toll-free: (800) 804-2505
hospiceofcentralohio.org

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

  • Franklin County: 2238 South Hamilton Road, Columbus, Ohio 43232
    (614) 751-0042
  • Fairfield County: 624 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 687-0042
  • Licking County: 68 West Church Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 281-1777
  • Delaware County: 236 West Central Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 417-9265
  • Ross County: 114 Renick Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
    (740) 851-4461

mopsohio.com

Mount Carmel Crime & Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP)

Helps children and teen victims of crime and trauma, including survivors of childhood sexual abuse and other forms of trauma (such as natural disaster, car accidents, serious medical treatment or domestic violence). They provide free counseling and healing in both group and individual settings and offers free bus passes to clients.
Program: office-based individual and group counseling for children and teens who have been victims of crime or trauma, free support groups, including a free parent/kid group for children who have been victims of violence
Eligibility: males and females, ages 3 and up who have experienced a traumatic event
Cost: free
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
777 West State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43222
(614) 234-5900
mountcarmelhealth.com/ctap-services

Mount Carmel Hospice Evergreen Center

They offer a family-centered care and support group for children age 6 through high school and their families who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Read their Family Grief brochure for helpful information on the types of grief a person may experience.
1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 234-0200
mountcarmelhealth.com/grief-loss

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.
255 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 355-1100 or (800) 466-2727
nationwidechildrens.org/hospice

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pastoral Care

They provide Catholic Mass, Interdenominational services and Muslim prayer service weekly in the hospital. This program is designed to provide support and resources to all members of the family after the loss of a child. 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
nationwidechildrens.org/pastoral-care

Ohio Health Grief Support Services

Ohio Health offers several grief support classes, support groups and one-on-one counseling for kids and parents of all ages at several different locations in central Ohio. They have teen groups, preschool groups, infant loss groups and more.
800 McConnell Drive Columbus, Ohio 43214
Columbus (614) 566-5377
Delaware (740) 615-0540
Toll-free: (888) 389-6231
ohiohealth.com/patients-and-visitors/support/grief-support

Ohio Health Hospice Care

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
ohiohealth.com/hospice

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.
282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
(740) 654-7077 or (800) 994-7077
fairhopehospice.org

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, Saint Charles, Missouri 63301
(800) 821-6819
nationalshare.org

Syntero

Program: outpatient mental health, alcohol and substance abuse disorder and prevention services, psychiatric services, integrated health care, individual and family counseling, prevention services for children, teens, and young adults, crisis response services, support and therapy groups, trauma treatment
Eligibility: males and females, age 4 and older, but varies depending on the program
Cost: Medicaid, private insurance, self-pay, sliding fee scale for uninsured Franklin County residents
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization

  • 99 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    (614) 889-5722
  • 3645 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 457-7876
  • 3433 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 600-2708

Intake: (614) 889-5722, ext. 133
syntero.org

Wellspring & Central Ohio Youth for Christ (COYFC)

This faith-based organization offers low-cost counseling at many locations throughout Columbus. They also have licensed counselors who see kids with anxiety issues, behavior problems, depression, ADHD, stress, anger issues and more. Their student interns see clients at very reduced rates as part of their training in their masters program, under the supervision of licensed counselors.
Program: clinical individual and family counseling and coaching, psychological assessments, help with referrals to community services, no pyschiatry services or medication management
Eligibility: males and females, age 5 and older
Cost: many private insurances, self-pay at very reduced rates (sliding scale fees based on income), no government insurance
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization

  • 1335 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • 5520 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021
  • 4818 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43235
  • 3220 Lowell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
  • 292 South Main Street, Johnstown, Ohio 43031
  • 1255 Leonard Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43230
  • 40 Chicago Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43222
  • 431 Whiley Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
  • 4950 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43230

Intake: (614) 538-0353
wellspringcolumbus.org