Community Grief Support
Aspirus Keweenaw Homecare & Hospice monthly grief support luncheons (906) 337-5700
- 2nd Tuesday of the month – Kangas Café – Hancock, alternate months Hut Inn – Kearsarge – Time Noon
- 4th Tuesday of the month – Aspirus Hospital Ontonagon – Time Noon
Portage Homecare & Hospice
- 1st Tuesday of the month 4:00pm – 5:30pm 821 Water St. Hancock, MI (906) 483-1160
Omega House offers a peaceful, homelike environment for terminally ill people and provides end-of-life care that emphasizes compassion, independence, respect and dignity. In cooperation with local hospice programs, Omega House provides residents with exceptional care and attention 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
The mission of Dial Help is to promote the physical, emotional, and social well-being of our communities. We accomplish this goal by providing problem assistance, crisis intervention, referrals, education, and training. Our motto is to “help people help themselves.”
“Emergency Management Plans and Training for Schools and Corporations
School violence, workplace violence, and terrorism have made it essential for schools and corporations to have effective emergency management plans in place. When critical incidents occur, survivors experience critical incident stress, grief, and trauma.
RENEW: Center for Personal Recovery offers the following services: Training Resources, Book Catalogue contains excellent self-help books, journals and tapes for parents, counselors, teachers, and children and youth on grief, trauma, suicide, murder, abuse, violence prevention, depression, divorce, self-esteem, drug abuse, and much more. Evaluation to Assess Your Emergency Program, Grief Counseling.”
“If you have looked for materials to help young people and adults through serious illness, death, loss, and grief in your local library or bookstore you know how scarce and outdated these materials can be. Finding exceptional books on these topics is what we do best. For the past 20 years, we have been collecting these hard to find materials from hundreds of publishers and making them available by mail order. We currently have nearly 400 titles…We Have Resources For People of All Ages. Resources for children, teens, adults and professionals. Browse our offerings to find stories, teaching guides, activity books, group process materials, DVDs, CDs and the best and latest in resources for professionals. Up-to-date, Carefully Researched Resources: All books, videos and CDs carried by Compassion Books have been carefully reviewed by our experienced staff. We strive to match content with the latest understanding in experience, practice and research. Our reviewers continually update their skills and knowledge in training and workshops throughout the world.
We choose only materials that offer hope without denying that to grieve a loss can be challenging, difficult and painful.”
Hospice Net has resources for Patients, Children, Caregivers, and Bereavement, including additional websites.
“We have over 50 e-mail grief support groups and two web sites. Our integrated approach to on-line grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of many kinds. Click this link: Adult Support Groups to join one of our adults email grief support groups.
Our companion site, KIDSAID.com, provides a safe environment for grieving kids and their parents to find information and ask questions. Click this link: KIDSAID.com to join one of our kids email grief support groups. GriefNet is directed by Cendra (ken’dra) Lynn, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and certified traumatologist who works in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Supported by a dedicated team of volunteers, and by the generous donations of its users, GriefNet and KIDSAID are operated as non-profit corporations under the name Rivendell Resources, Inc. GriefNet and KIDSAID are independent organizations, affiliated only with Virtual Memorials, www.virtual-memorials.com.”
“Marco Products is a publisher and supplier of lesson books, activity books, games, DVDs and resources for guidance counselors, educators and other professionals who work with children. Elementary, middle and high school professionals can find practical ready to use materials on topics such as character education, careers, social skills, bullying, anger management, conflict, grief, self-esteem, and much more.”—from website
“These psychology of death and bereavement books and textbooks are of interest to counselors, therapists, and other mental health providers who may treat those confronting death or loss, as well as to students. Subjects include death, dying, and grief in an online universe, grief therapy guidelines for those counseling Hispanics, adolescents, or college students, the psychology of death, death anxiety, and more”
About Magination Press®
“In 1987, Magination Press® was created out of a desire to publish innovative books that would help children deal with the many challenges and problems they face as they grow up.
Written for ages 4 through 18, these books deal with topics ranging from the everyday—starting school, shyness, normal fears, and a new baby in the house—to more serious problems, such as divorce, attention deficit disorder, depression, serious injury or illness, autism, trauma, death, and much more. Most of our books are written by mental health professionals or those who work closely with them and with children. Our books help children understand their feelings, provide information about the topic or situation, and offer extensive practical coping strategies. A comprehensive Note to Parents is usually included to help guide parents, therapists, social workers, and teachers in using the book. Magination books are not preachy or didactic: They feature sensitive, lively, sometimes humorous writing, along with exquisite, evocative illustrations. They are a pleasure to look at and to read. In 1997, APA acquired Magination Press. As the world’s largest and most prestigious publisher of books in psychology, mental health, and development, we at APA are proud and delighted to publish Magination books.”
This website has a large list of web resources.
“The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences. We provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. We are supported solely through private support from individuals, foundations and companies. The Dougy Center does not charge a fee for its services.”
This website contains dozens of websites for children experiencing grief.
***Great bibliography, lists books for middle and high school in addition to elementary and preschool/early elementary, also activities and helpful links
“Offering our services for free, for as long as people need them, the Center’s mission is to provide loving support that encourages the safe expression of grief and loss and fosters each individual’s resilience and emotional well-being. The Center reaches individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, and relies on financial contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, United Way, and special events. The Center is a 501(c) 3 organization.”
“Thank you for visiting the website for the journal “Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins” A journal for teenagers experiencing a loss. This site is designed to let you share your stories, illustrations, help items and other information that you share in the journal “Fire In My Heart, Ice In My Veins” in a online anonymous environment. Your stories and illustrations can help and that is why we would like you to share them. Not ready to share your thoughts and feeling? Take a look at what other people like you shared with us.”
“The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a network for nationwide communication between hundreds of professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the grieving children and families they serve in their own communities. Through this network, the NAGC offers online education, hosts an annual symposium on children’s grief, maintains a national data base of children’s bereavement support programs and promotes national awareness to enhance public sensitivity to the issues impacting grieving children and teens.”
“What Is “It’s My Life”?
“It’s My Life deals with (you guessed it!) life and the stuff that we deal with every day. Whatever problem you’re dealing with, believe it or not, other kids and teens have gone through the same thing. Here at It’s My Life, you can read informative articles, share your stories, play games and activities, take quizzes and polls, watch video clips of other kids talking about their feelings and experiences, get advice from older kids and experts, and contribute your own comments and questions. It’s My Life also features interviews with celebrities about stuff they had to go through when they were kids. It’s My Life is organized across six topic “channels”: Friends, Family, School, Body, Emotions, and Money. On this website, no subject is off-limits. Our aim is to cover issues important to you, and the site is filled with young people’s comments, ideas, and questions sent in from all over the world. It’s My Life is for kids, about kids, and most importantly, by kids. After all, it’s YOUR life! It’s My Life is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through its Where Fun and Learning Click initiative to create safe, engaging, and educational online media for kids aged 9 to 12.”
***Great Bibliography and additional resources such as articles and videos
“After the loss of a significant loved one, life is never the same. Our goal at the Children’s Bereavement Center (CBC) is to enable children and families to acknowledge change and integrate loss with healthful grief and mourning.
The Children’s Bereavement Center provides Peer Support Groups for children, teens and young adults (elementary through college) who are grieving the death of a loved one. The Children’s Bereavement Center also extends supportive services and resources to families, caregivers, schools and the community. All peer support groups are free of charge.
The CBC, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, is a comprehensive, multicultural, community-based, bereavement support, education, and resource center. The CBC provides peer support groups for children elementary through college to share their loss experience, whether recent or in years past, with other grieving children. The CBC promotes the principles supported by research that grieving is a normal, natural process and that people have the ability to heal from their loss at their own unique pace and in their own style. This process is enhanced within a caring, relaxed, and accepting environment.
Concurrent education and peer support groups are provided for parents, caregivers, and any other adult who plays a significant role in the child’s life. These groups enable adults to better understand the bereavement process through the eyes of their children. Within this supportive milieu, adults may share and help normalize this experience for themselves and their family.
Participants gain a better understanding of their own experience and learn to empathize with one another, contributing to self-esteem, trust and hope for the future.”