Community Groups and Resources

Bereavement Support Groups in the Richmond, Virginia Area   

Updated April 2018

 

GENERAL LOSS

At Home Care

Adult support groups and educational in-services

facilitated by bereavement counselors. Three eightweek

sessions meet on Wednesdays beginning on

5/2, 8/1, and 11/7; 3-4:30 p.m. at 2922 W. Marshall St.,

Richmond. To register, call 358-3480.

Bon Secours

Eight-week support groups facilitated by counselors

in various locations. Specialty groups (young adults,

LGBT), workshops, and other programs available.

433-4710 or bereavement@bshsi.org

Bryan’s Oasis

Retreat cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains for

grieving parents. Hosted by Hank and Peggy Graeser

to offer rest and hospitality. graeserh@comcast.net

Camp Kesem

Free week-long summer camp for kids ages 6-18

who have lost a parent to cancer, have a parent

undergoing cancer treatment, or whose parent is

a cancer survivor. Coordinated by trained college

student leaders at the University of Richmond.

campkesem.org/richmond

Comfort Zone Camp

Bereavement camps serving kids (ages 7-17) from all

over the country; young adult programs (ages 18–25);

Saturday family programs (ages 5 to adult). 377-

3430, comfortzonecamp.org

Crater Community Hospice

Adult support groups in Petersburg, Chester, and

surrounding counties. Contact Patti Cox at 526-4300

or 840-6454; cratercommunityhospice.org

Eunice’s Circle of Friends

Monthly grief support group and social events. Fourth

Thursdays from 6–7 p.m. at Care Advantage, 10041

Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. Contact Breanoh at

ecf@careadvantageinc.com   eunicescircleoffriends.com

Full Circle Grief Center

Eight-week support groups for children (ages 3-17)

and their parent(s)/guardian(s); community and

educational programming; loss-specific groups.

Contact Britt Cowart, LCSW at 912-2947, x107 or

HOHgroups@fullcirclegc.org.

Grief Share

Twelve-week Christian video series and holiday

programs with discussion groups at local churches.

Find specific locations at griefshare.org.

Grief Support Group

First and third Mondays, 7–8:30 p.m. at Huguenot

Road Baptist Church. 272-2072; hrbcrichmond.org

Heartland Hospice

Eight-week adult grief support group facilitated by

staff. 10800 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond. Call

201-5957 for more information.

Homicide Support Group

For loved ones who’ve had someone die by homicide

or a violent death. First Wednesdays, 5:30–7 p.m.

at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W.

Graham Rd., Richmond. Contact Officer McClarin at

646-6754.

Hospice of Virginia

Short-term grief groups three times a year at 2235

Staples Mill Rd., Richmond. Contact Andrea at 887-

2486 or askeens@hospiceofvirginia.com.

James River Home Health and Hospice

Adult support groups. Contact Alane Cameron Ford,

801-4511, amiles@jamesriverhh.com.

The Fan: Every Tuesday, 5:15 p.m. at the Robin Inn,

2601 Park Ave., Richmond.

Midlothian: Fourth Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s

Methodist Church, 11551 Lucks Lane, Midlothian.

Sandston: Second Mondays at 6 p.m. starting in May

at Sandston Library, 23 E. Williamsburg Rd., Sandston.

West End: Fourth Thursdays at 2 p.m. at Tuckahoe

Library, 1901 Starling Dr., Henrico.

Johnston-Willis Hospital

Monthly bereavement support group for families on

second Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Hawthorne

Cancer Resource Center (located in Sarah Cannon

Cancer Institute/Johnston-Willis Hospital). Contact

Sandra at 483-5078 or sandra.tan@hcahealthcare.

com.

 

Mechanicsville

Monthly grief group using Grief Share materials at

Cool Spring Baptist Church. Contact Jerry and Patsi

Deans, who are bereaved parents at 559-7622.

Medi Hospice

Eight-week bereavement support groups in Glen

Allen facilitated by staff counselors. Contact Sam

Maye at 282-4301.

Petersburg – Southside Regional

Medical Center

Adult support group meets on the second and fourth

Thursday of the month from 7-8 p.m. at Southside

Rehabilitation Services, Colonial Heights Medical

Park, 430 Clairmont Court, Suite 120, Colonial

Heights. Contact Don Phelps at 765-5593.

Powhatan - St. John Neumann Catholic Church

Adult support group led by clergy and lay ministers

who have experienced a loss. Meets on first Sunday

of the month after 11 a.m. mass in Father Val Hall.

RSVP jimtubbs25@gmail.com.

Richmond Hill

Monthly drop-in support group on fourth Fridays

from 10–11:30 a.m. Occasional day-long grief retreats.

Church Hill area. Contact Sandy Gramling at 783-

7903. richmondhillva.org

Tappahannock Grief Group

Bereavement group open to any grieving individual.

Wednesdays 1–2 p.m. River Fitness Center, 1025

Hobbs Hole Dr., Tappahannock. Contact Kim Barker

at Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, 443-6130.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

(TAPS)

Offers grief support for those grieving the loss of

a military loved one. Retreats, seminars, children’s

programs, and online resources. 24/7 Helpline: 800-

959-8277; info@taps.org; taps.org

PERINATAL DEATH

Full Circle Grief Center

Eight-week grief support group for parents who

are grieving the death of a baby due to late-term

pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or prematurity. Facilitated

by counselors with concurrent remembrance

program for children. Contact Carrie at 912-2947, x115

or carrie@fullcirclegc.org.

MISS Foundation – Early Miscarriage

For women seeking support after the loss of a baby in

early pregnancy. First Wednesdays from 6:30–8 p.m.

at Healing Circle Counseling Office. Contact Linda at

linda.zaffram@missfoundation.org.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group

Monthly support group for parents and adult family

members grieving the loss of a baby. First Thursdays

from 6-7 p.m. at Henrico Doctors Hospital, Sarah

Cannon Cancer Institute, 7607 Forest Ave., Suite 110.

Contact Anna:

977-5862 or annaharrismsw@gmail.com.

Seasons of Grief by family.extended.

Seasonally offered perinatal loss grief support

resource, which includes memento making. This

activity is for all members of families grieving a

pregnancy/infant loss. Children are welcome. Light

refreshments and all supplies are provided. For

information about workshop dates and times, contact

sonyia@familyextended.org.

DEATH OF A CHILD

Compassionate Friends

Monthly support group and resources for parents,

siblings, and grandparents who have experienced

the death of a child (any age). Annual candle lighting

service and remembrance walk. Facilitated by

bereaved parents. Meets on the last Tuesday of the

month, 7 p.m. at St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church, 11300

Huguenot Rd., Midlothian. 458-9000, tcfrva@hotmail.

com; compassionatefriendsRVA.org, or call 877-969-

0010 for individualized resource packet.

MISS Foundation

Support for mothers and fathers enduring the death

of a child of any age, from any cause. Third Mondays,

7–8:30 p.m. Contact karla.helbert@missfoundation.

org. Online resources at richmond.missfoundation.org.

Sisters of Hope

A group of bereaved Christian moms gathering to

offer support, encouragement, and hope. Monthly

support group on second Tuesdays from 7–9

p.m. at Village Church, 233 N. Courthouse Rd., N.

Chesterfield. Contact Kathy Brundage at 405-3001.

sistersofhope-richmond.com

DEATH OF A SPOUSE

Healing Hearts Club

Social group for widows and widowers with

monthly events at Huguenot Road Baptist Church.

Call for dates or check calendar online. 272-2072;

hrbcrichmond.org.

Support for Widowed Spouses

Nine-week bereavement program held evenings

two times per year. Spring Group starts in March

in Westover Hills. For more information, contact

Belinda Early at 513-5772 or belinda.early@gmail.

com. Fall Group starts in October in Bon Air. For more

information, contact Elaine Nowinski at 272-7787 or

elaine.m.nowinski@gmail.com.

Widowed Support Group

Six-week support group in Chesterfield for those

who have faced the death of a spouse. For more

information and to register, call Morrisett, 275-7828.

Young Widows or Widowers

Support and social outings for ages 25–65 on second

Tuesdays. Contact Tammy Smith at Richmond

YWOW, 201-5741. ywow.org

DEATH BY SUICIDE

Full Circle Grief Center

Eight-week grief support group for adults grieving

the death of a loved one by suicide. Facilitated by

counselors with possible concurrent remembrance

program for children. Contact Maryse at 912-2914,

x114 or maryse@fullcirclegc.org. fullcirclegc.org

James River Home Health and Hospice/NAMI

Support group on first Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.,

Monument Heights Baptist Church, 5716 Monument

Ave., Richmond (second floor, first door on right).

Contact Alane Cameron Ford, 801-4511; amiles@

jamesriverhh.com.

Survivors of Suicide

Monthly support group on fourth Thursdays, 7–8:30

p.m. at Iron Bridge Church, 10900 Iron Bridge Rd.,

Chester. To register, contact Greg Webber from

Morrissett at 275-7828.

Survivors of Suicide Loss

Monthly support group on third Thursdays, 6:30–8

p.m. at the Pusey House, 2705 Park Ave., Richmond.

This is an open group, all are welcome, no registration

needed. Call peer facilitator Ren Bell at First Baptist

with questions, 548-6670. soslrva.wordpress.com

DEATH BY OVERDOSE

Full Circle Grief Center

Eight-week grief support group for individuals who

are grieving the loss of a loved one by overdose.

Facilitated by counselors. For more information,

contact Stacia at 912-2947, x104; stacia@fullcirclegc.org.

Online Resources

Bereavement Resource Manual

fullcirclegc.org/manual

This resource has been created and produced

by professionals from Full Circle and brings

together all of the available local resources as

well as age-appropriate grief education. Geared

toward professionals, grieving families, and people

supporting those who are grieving.

 

HelloGrief.org by Comfort Zone Camp

Articles on this online forum discuss the impact of

loss, ways to help grieving persons cope, and how to

build a community of support for those living with

grief. Teen friendly.

Grief Anonymous (GA) & Grief Resource

Network (GRN)

GA and GRN are online grief resources looking

to connect individuals with others who’ve had a

loss or are experiencing anticipatory grief. GRN

connects individuals to local groups and professional

resources, and houses a grief resource library,

archive of grief research, and a database of national

crisis hotlines. GA is also on Facebook with a

Family Hub that offers multiple specific groups,

including loss of spouse/partner, child, or parent.

griefresourcenetwork.com; griefanonymous.com

WhatsYourGrief.com

This web site promotes grief education, exploration,

and expression in both practical and creative ways.

Pet Loss Program at VCU

https://chai.vcu.edu/programs--services/pet-losssupport/

 

Overdose Loss Support Group (GRAPLE)

Support group for anyone who has lost someone to

substance abuse or addiction. Tuesdays from 7–8

p.m. at the McShin Foundation, 2300 Dumbarton Rd.,

3rd floor conference room, Richmond. Contact Tracy

Grow at 229-5024 or graplerva@gmail.com.

Additional Group

Resources

Bereavement Coalition of Central Virginia

A network of counselors, chaplains, hospice

professionals, bereavement volunteers, and

support group leaders who meet on the second

Friday of the month from 8:30-10 a.m. to discuss

current bereavement services in the area and

professional educational resources. Contact

bereavementcoalition@gmail.com to be added to

the email list for upcoming meeting information and

other program announcements.

Mind-Body Art Therapy Groups for Self-Care

Offered by Zoe Therapy Services – Becky Jacobson,

MA, ATR, LMT

These groups are great for caregivers, and those

who have lost a loved one and are in need of

extra support. The groups combine meditation,

mindfulness techniques, and creative selfexpression.

Each group enables participants to

reconnect with the Self, to rebuild inner-resilience,

and offers a quiet and therapeutic space to

regroup and heal. mindbodyartes@gmail.com;

zoetherapyservices.com

RVA Death Café

All faiths and cultures are invited to this open

discussion about death and dying. The dialog is

casual and group led. Please note this is not a specific

bereavement support group. Info about death

cafes at DeathCafe.com. Upcoming info posted on

facebook group: RVA End of Life Network.

Contact Shelby with Peaceful Passings at 502-3667.

Grief Support in Hampton Roads

Bon Secours has a Bereavement Center serving the

Hampton Roads area providing support groups,

programs, and referrals; programming for children

and young adults. 757-947-3420 or bshr.com/

bereavement

Compiled by:

Bon Secours Hospice

Bereavement Services

804-433-4710

bereavement@bshsi.org

Community Hospice

House (Southside)

1133 Old Bon Air Road

Richmond, VA 23235

Hospice Office

(Northside)

8580 Magellan Parkway

Richmond, VA 23227