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Grief Support

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Big Lots Behavioral Health Services & Community Resource Directory

Offers medical, psychiatry and counseling services and year-round programming for children and teens, including help with substance abuse, anger issues, behavior problems, ADHD, exposure to violence, depression, anxiety and self-harm behaviors for children up to age 21, at several locations throughout Columbus. Visit their online Community Behavioral Health Resource Directory to find behavioral health services throughout the state of Ohio.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-8080

Nemours Teens Health

This website has a lot of information for teens that covers various health topics such as depression, relationships, staying safe, sexual health, smoking, coping with cliques, binge drinking, dealing with an alcoholic parent, marijuana use, body image and much more. There is also information for parents and educators.

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Behavioral health intervention and treatment services for youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Program: Outpatient and inpatient services (home-based and school-based), telehealth, therapeutic preschools and after school programs, residential care, support for foster families, and specialized services for Hispanic/Latino children. Children with an autism diagnosis are eligible for outpatient mental health and play therapies.
Eligibility: Youth ages 3-18 years old.
Cost: Therapies can be billed to Medicaid and a variety of insurances.
Referral: Individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 824-5437

Alive in My Heart

Provides support to grieving parents impacted by pregnancy and infant loss, from other parents with the same experiences. Their website has information on topics like pregnancy after loss, sibling grief, funeral arrangements, booklists and online resources for families. You can also find information on local parent support groups and community events. They provide one-time financial assistance for those who qualify, referral is required. Visit their website for program details and contact information.
PO Box 2631, Columbus, Ohio 43216

Buckeye Ranch Somali Outreach Program

The Outreach Team is fluent in Somali and English to provide culturally-focused clinical care for youth and families coping with trauma, loss, resettlement, and living among a new culture. Somali families are connected to mental health counseling, case management services, and 24-hour crisis support and intervention. Call for details.
2865 West Broad Street Columbus Ohio 43204
Intake: (614) 384-8012

Camp Hope

A four-day summer day camp for children and youth ages of 6-17 who have lost a loved one. The goal is to help kids survive the bereavement journey with skills, caring, and friendships to support them along the way. Camp Hope is open to the public. The camp is sponsored by Hospice of North Central Ohio (covering Ashland, Knox and Richland counties).
1021 Dauch Drive, Ashland, Ohio 44805
(800) 952-2207

Camp Lionheart

A week-long summer camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Camper enjoy swimming, hiking, games, and crafts, while having structured grief group counseling sessions with trained, licensed professionals. Campers grieve, learn ways to cope with their loss, make friends, and have fun. The camp takes place at Camp Oty’okwa in Hocking Hills. They also have opportunities for clinical volunteers, non-clinical volunteer, and donations! The camp operates on donations and families are not charged.
(614) 506-7959

Central Ohio Child/Infant Loss Support Groups

  • The Compassionate Friends Columbus & Central Ohio Chapter
    Support groups to help families with their grief after the loss of a child at any age. They have online forums, Zoom support groups, and several in-person support groups across Ohio. Use their website to find a support group near you, and for additional family grief resources.
    1479 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 584-7517
    National Website:
  • Baby 1st Network
    Offers bereavement support services for families who have lost children to SIDS. Call their toll-free hotline for advice, support and help finding a local support group.
    1324 North Superior Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604
    (800) 477-7437
  • OhioHealth Grief Support Services
    Offers several grief support groups, community gatherings, and one-on-one counseling for individuals and families in central Ohio. They have virtual support groups for pregnancy loss, loss of a spouse, and more.
    800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214
    Main: (614) 566-5377 or (888) 389-6231
    Bereavement Office: (614) 533-6060
    General Information:
    Find a Support Group by going to the Classes & Events page and changing Filter by Category to Grief Support:

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

Provides grief support to children, teens, and adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Services for individuals and families include counseling, support groups, in-school grief support groups, workshops, and camps; Camp Memory, a day camp for children ages 6-13 and Camp Erin, an overnight camp for children ages 8-17. Families may also participate in remembrance ceremonies such as a butterfly release and candle lighting. Self-pay and insurance options are both available for individual counseling. Click here for information about their summer camps and support offered to schools.
253 North State Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 824-4285

Courageous Parents Network (CPN)

Helps families and providers caring for children with serious illness. They offer online education tools (e.g., video and handouts), and they provide opportunities to connect with other families and providers, as well as provide advocacy resources and information related to pediatric palliative care. The information provided on the website is also available in Spanish. Visit the website for contact information.

Directions Counseling Group

Program: Offers 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: 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
1480 Manning Parkway Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 888-9200

Families Anonymous

A fellowship for families and friends of those who are experiencing issues caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. Any concerned person is encouraged to attend their meetings, even if there is only a suspicion of a problem.
Meeting location varies. Contact for more information.
(614) 237-2031 or (614) 863-1193

First Candle

Non-profit providing bereavement support to families who have lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), miscarriage, or stillbirth. Visit their website for information on safe sleep, an online bereavement resource library, and peer-to-peer online support groups.
24-hour Grief Line: (800) 221-7437

Hearts Connected

Connects children, teens, and families facing difficult and stressful life circumstances to a Certified Child Life Specialist. Services include phone consultations for parents to discuss concerns, offer guidance and provide resources. They also hold video sessions for 1-on-1 individual therapeutic support. Services are primarily for children and youth ages 4 to 21.
(404) 516-0906

Hospice of Central Ohio

Provides comprehensive hospice services in Central Ohio, as well as provide grief support for youth and adults.

  • Hospice of Central Ohio at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    410 West Tenth Avenue, 7th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43210
    (614) 685-0001
  • Columbus
    1565 Bethel Road, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43220
    (614) 891-6000
  • Newark
    2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 788-1400
  • Inpatient Care Center
    1320 West Main Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 344-0379
  • Lancaster
    1585 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 681-1000

(740) 788-1400

LOSS Community Services

LOSS exists to advocate, serve, and support survivors of suicide loss. They provide first responders who attend the scene of a suicide, follow up with loved ones, and send care baskets, offer one-to-one peer support, and host support groups for adults and teens. They offer suicide prevention training to organizations and groups for a minimal cost.
3040 Riverside Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43221
(614) 530-8064

Mount Carmel Crime & Trauma Assistance Program (CTAP)

Offers trauma-focused, best practice and trauma specific services to children and adult victims, survivors, and co-survivors of crime and trauma at no cost.
Program: Services include individual trauma informed counseling, group therapeutic services, trauma informed yoga groups, play therapy, horticultural therapeutic programs and clinical case management
Eligibility: ages 5 and up who have experienced a traumatic event
Cost: free
Referral: They accept both self-referrals and professional referrals to the program.
(614) 234-5900

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) 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

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Support Groups

Support groups at NCH can connect you with other families and resources in your time of need. Call for more information about program specifics. Not all programs are listed online, call Case Management Team if you are interested in finding a group that suits your family’s needs.

  • Adolescent & Adult Congenital Heart Disease Online Community
    (614) 722-5622
  • Bariatric Surgery Patient Support Group
    (614) 722-5949
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Support Group
    (614) 962-6366
  • Celiac’s Gluten Free Gang
    (614) 722-3093
  • Endocrinology Patient and Parent Focus Group
    (614) 722-6325

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Case Management Team: (614) 722-6300

OhioHealth Grief Support Services

Offers several grief support groups, community gatherings, and one-on-one counseling for individuals and families in central Ohio. They have virtual support groups for pregnancy loss, loss of a spouse, and more.
800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Main: (614) 566-5377 or (888) 389-6231
Bereavement Office: (614) 533-6060
General Information:
Find a Support Group by going to the Classes & Events page and changing Filter by Category to Grief Support:

OhioHealth 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
  • Mansfield/Shelby: (419) 526-8442
  • Marion: (740) 383-8930
  • Athens: (740) 331-7040
  • (888) 389-6231 Toll-free

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.
282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
(740) 304-0869 or (800) 994-7077 Toll-free

Postpartum Support International (PSI)

A national organization that provides support for moms and dads experiencing postpartum depression or emotional problems. They do not offer medical advice or treatment. They have free, virtual parent support groups for moms, dads, family members, queer and trans parents, military parents, adoptive and birth mothers, postpartum psychosis, and those experiencing lost pregnancy of death of a child.
Helpline: Call or text HELP to (800) 944-4773
Text en Español: 971-203-7773
Mental Health Emergency Line: (800) 273-8255

Sesame Street in the Communities

Provides information and videos to help children thrive and deal with issues that affect children’s lives. Resource topics include health and wellness, social-emotional skills, trauma, diversity and inclusion, and school readiness. They offer videos, games, and worksheets for children to explore, and free webinars for parents and educators.

Sesame for Families:

Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support

Grief support organization supporting families impacted by the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Visit their website for educational information about grief, finding resources in your area, comfort kits for families and siblings, and a range of in-person and virtual support groups for grieving parents and grandparents.
(800) 821-6819

Still Standing: The Alexander Project

Provides grieving mothers and their families support by offering individual and group counseling, mentoring, support and outreach programs, annual and monthly outings and events. This resource is focused on helping families who have lost a loved one due to violence.
(614) 597-0538


Program: Offers outpatient mental health, trauma, grief and other behavioral health counseling; case management services, school-based therapeutic intervention and prevention services; intensive outpatient program for substance use disorder. They also offer mentoring, integrated primary care, Help Me Grow and more.
Eligibility: 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. Visit the website for intake forms.

  • 299 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    (614) 889-5722
  • 3645 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 457-7876
  • 3433 Agler Road, Suite 2000, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 600-2708
  • 7100 Graphics Way, Suite 3100, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
    (740) 428-0428

New Clients: (614) 889-5722, ext. 133

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