Local Grief Groups & Support Events

A death in the family is, for most people, among the most serious events in their family history. The difficult changes -- emotional, spiritual, social and practical -- are not adjusted to "overnight." For most families, the funeral marks the end of a life and the beginning of a new life, adapting to the changes that loss and grief occasion. 

Lynch & Sons recognizes the ongoing challenges of a death in the family and has always provided follow-up services to the bereaved among us. We serve as a referral agency to a variety of bereavement programs, from Widow-to-Widow groups, Bereaved Parents groups, Survivors of Suicide, Parents of Murdered Children, Compassionate Friends and others. 

In concert with church, civic and health care groups, Lynch & Sons also provides regular programming for the newly bereaved as well as outreach programs for local schools, churches and civic organizations that want to educate and inform their members on the dynamics of grief, death and bereavement. Additionally, Lynch & Sons maintains a complete lending library of books, tapes, and videos for those interested in these topics. 

There are a number of grief support groups in the local area to offer support and courage. We have listed a few of the local support groups to the side of your screen and below. Meeting times and places and more detailed information on each support group can be found by clicking on their links. 

Loss & Grief Support Group
St. Mary Catholic Church

1955 E. Commerce,  Milford       248-685-1482
Contact: Marisa Vitali, LMSW      248-676-0885
8 Week Sessions  -   Thursday 10:30 am to Noon
Room 9, No Registration required
Next  October 23, 2014 through December 18th


On Our Own
Monthly Meeting:

4th Monday of each month (except December), at 7:00pm
Milford United Methodist Church
1200 Atlantic Street, Milford

Social Activities: 
A variety of social activities and events for seniors are held throughout each month with schedules published in our monthly newsletters.

Marilyn 248-685-2462  
Pat: 248-444-0177
Kathy: 248-486-5750

Grief Share and Divorce Care Support Groups
Are you hurting and in need of the loving support of those who understand? Our experienced leaders offer free weekly meetings and free childcare in a confidential, caring atmosphere. 

The Grief Share and Divorce Care Support Groups meet on Monday evenings. Meetings will be held in the two end rooms in the East Wing of the church at 7:00pm.

Highland United Methodist Church
680 W. Livingston Road, Highland, Michigan

· Free ongoing weekly sessions 

· Confidential
· Co-ed group and facilitators who share similar experiences
· Free child care provided
· Christ-based sessions & videos featuring experts in their fields

For more information, please contact the following people...

Grief Share:
Bob Spear - bospear@humc.us OR 
Bev Spear - bespear@humc.us 
Divorce Care:
Deb Matson - dmatson@humc.us OR 
Donna Hubbard - dhubbard@humc.us 

Or call the Highland United Methodist Church at 248-887-1311 for more information.


Angela Hospice
Bereavement Care & Grief Support Services


Arbor Hospice
With offices in Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Woodhaven and Monroe, Arbor Hospice offers an extensive range of grief support programs.
Phone 1.888.992.2273 for further information.

New Hope Center for Grief Support
dedicated to providing grief support services to adults and children who are grieving after the death of a loved one.
New Hope for Kids & Teens -  3 to 18 years
Circle of Hope - Young widows and widowers
Starting Again - widows & widowers who are facing an empty nest
Wayfarers - Semi-retired or retired widows and widowers
Parents of Hope - Loss of a Child
New Hope Center for Grief Support
315 Griswold, Northville, Michigan 48167
phone: 248-348-0115
email: griefhelp@newhopecenter.net

New Hope Grief Support groups and Seminars meet locally at:
First United Methodist Church of Brighton
400 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton


The Kite Network

"The kite network is a peer support organization. Our counselors are volunteers from the community who have traveled on their own personal grief journeys, and who have been trained to provide a supportive presence to our clients."

The American Red Cross Building
4624 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Compassionate Friends
Supporting Family After a Child Dies
Ann Arbor Chapter #1382
Valerie: 734-769-0496
Meeting Info: 3rd Sunday of each month 2:30 pm
  First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave,
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Common Ground

Survivors of Suicide Open Group

This open support group offers comfort, strength and hope to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.  The group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, from 7-9 PM, at Royal Oak Beaumont's Administration Building. 

For additional information please contact Shawn Force at 248-456-2611 or email: sforce@commongroundhelps.org

CRISIS LINE: 800-231-1127


Beaumont Hospice
1200 Stephenson Hwy., Troy,
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, 1-2:30pm. 
Drop-in support group meeting,
no need to register in advance. 
For further information please call, 248-743-9415


A Healing Center for Grieving Children


A group for children and youth between 5 and 18 years of age who have experienced the death of a loved one.

ASHLEY’s Friends – Birmingham Location
First United Methodist Church 1589 W. Maple Rd, Birmingham

ASHLEY’s Friends – Howell Location
  Kenedy Center 1875 N. Eager Road Howell, MI 45897, north of M-59

 Contact: Dr. Dawn Koger 248-797-6923 for information or
phone 517-546-4440 for required pre-registration

Session 1 Sept. 23 - Oct. 28, 2013
Session 2 Nov. 11 - Dec. 16, 2013
Tree Lighting Ceremony December 16, 2013
All Sessions Monday evenings 6 - 8 PM with dinner served at 6 PM


Cornerstone Church of Highland
4995 North Hickory Ridge Road
Highland, MI 48357

GriefShare Seminars and Support Groups
Wednesdays beginning August 14th through November 6th
 7 PM - 8:45 PM
A video seminar series
Groups meet
within Cornerstone Fellowship Hall


Local Grief Support Events

Brighton Nazarene Church
7669 Brighton Road, Brighton
will host "Surviving the Holidays" on Monday, November 11, 2013 from 7 - 9 PM.
This is a special session focusing on grief in the holiday season.
"No matter how long its been since your loved one died, grief can make the holidays a painful time. But there's hope. Join us for an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again."

Weekly GriefShare meetings take place every Monday from 7 - 9 PM, beginning with a time of worship.

For further information about GriefShare, you are welcome to phone Paula Snyder at 810.229.5823.

  Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church,
9455 Hilton Road, Brighton

Frequently hosts 8- 13 week bereavement support seminars called Pathways to Peace and GriefShare.  Visit Cornerstone's website to learn more about current groups and up coming seminars or for more information, 
please contact the Caring Ministries Department at 810-494-4013.

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