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Grief Support

Alive in My Heart

Supports families impacted by pregnancy and infant loss by connecting them to each other (through grief support) and to community resources in Central Ohio. Visit the website for contact information.
PO Box 2631, Columbus, Ohio 43216
aliveinmyheart.org

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 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
(614) 471-2626
Intake: (614) 384-7798
buckeyeranch.org/programs/community-based-programs/home-based-services.html

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).
(800) 952-2207
hospiceofnorthcentralohio.org/types-of-care/bereavement-care

Camp Lionheart

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
(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 loss of a child.
    655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 722-5250
    nationwidechildrens.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.
    (614) 234-0200
    mountcarmelhealth.com/classes-groups-events/grief-process-support-groups
  • The Compassionate Friends Columbus & Central Ohio Chapter
    A local support group to help families with their grief after the loss of a child at any age. They also meet in Delaware and other areas around Ohio.
    Assembly Room of Ascension Lutheran Church
    1479 Morse Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 882-8986
    compassionatefriends.org/chapter/tcf-central-ohio-chapter
    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.
    1324 North Superior Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604
    (800) 477-7437
    baby1stnetwork.org

CJ First Candle

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.
facebook.com/cjsids

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
Columbus: cornerstoneofhope.org/columbus

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
6797 North High Street, Suite 350, Columbus, Ohio 43085
(614) 888-9200
directionscounseling.com

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.
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 237-2031 or (614) 863-1193
familiesanonymous.org

Franklin County 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
losscs.org

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

(800) 800-2505 Toll-free
hospiceofcentralohio.org/grief-healing

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
mountcarmelhealth.com/about-us/community-benefit/outreach-programs/crime-and-trauma-assistance-program-ctap

Mount Carmel Hospice Evergreen Center

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
(614) 234-0200
mountcarmelhealth.com/find-a-service-or-specialty/hospice-care

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
nationwidechildrens.org/hospice

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Support Groups

Support groups at NCH can connect you with other families and resources in your time of need.

  • 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
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Resources
  • Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)
    (614) 278-3377
  • Seasons for Caring (Hospital Family Bereavement Group)
    (614) 722-5250

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-6300
nationwidechildrens.org/family-resources-education/support-groups

OhioHealth Grief Support Services

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
  • (888) 389-6231 Toll-free

ohiohealth.com/patients-and-visitors/support/grief-support-groups

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

ohiohealth.com/services/home-care/our-programs/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.
282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
(740) 654-7077 or (800) 994-7077 Toll-free
fairhopehospice.org/grief-support/family-grief

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.
(800) 821-6819
nationalshare.org

Syntero

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

syntero.org