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
Through the use of Somali-speaking interpreters and trained staff, they offer culturally focused clinical and case management services for youth and families to 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.
2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
Intake: (614) 384-7798
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
This summer program is a free, week-long, overnight grief camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. It’s full of activities such as swimming, hiking, games and crafts, while having structured grief group counseling sessions with trained, licensed professionals. The camp takes place at Camp Oty’okwa in Hocking Hills, operating under Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Ohio.
Administration Office: 1385 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
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
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.
1550 Old Henderson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
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.
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
6797 North High Street, Suite 350, Columbus, Ohio 43085
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.
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 237-2031 or (614) 863-1193
Help people learn about pregnancy and newborn care, stillborn births and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/ Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS). Parents can join online support groups, share stories with other parents and find out more about SIDS.
Grief line: (800) 221-7437
Connects children, teens, and families facing difficult and stressful life circumstances to a Certified Child Life Specialist. Services include phone consultations for parents & guardians to discuss concerns, offer guidance and provide resources, and hold video sessions for one-on-on individualized therapeutic support. Services are primarily for children ages 4-21.
Provides comprehensive hospice services in Central Ohio, as well as provide grief support for youth and adults.
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
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
Referral: They accept both self-referrals and professional referrals to the program.
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.
1144 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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
Support groups at NCH can connect you with other families and resources in your time of need. Visit the website for support group descriptions.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Case Management Team: (614) 722-6300
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
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
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) 654-7077 or (800) 994-7077 Toll-free
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.
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.
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.
New Clients: (614) 889-5722, ext. 133
Program: The Red Zone is a CARF-accredited behavioral health agency, that offers comprehensive and multidisciplinary substance-abuse and behavioral health services. Substance use disorder services include: outpatient services, relapse prevention, case management and more. Their behavioral health services include: grief counseling, trauma intervention, stress management, school-based social work, case management and more. They also host a summer day camp for youth ages 5-15 years old.
Eligibility: serves youth and adults
Cost: contact the organization for cost information
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
Columbus Office: 895 Parsons Avenue, Unit B, Columbus, Ohio 43216