Other Area Support Groups

This information was updated for publication for July 2017.  Please call the number shown to verify information for the group you wish to attend.

 

Aftercare Grief Support Group (Omaha) www.heafeyheafey.com (aftercare)

This group gives those who have experienced a loss the opportunity to receive help and encouragement. The topic meetings are generally held the 2nd Sunday of each month (exception for holidays) at 6:00 P.M. at Crown Pointe Retirement Center, 2820 S. 80 St. Contact Sharon at Heafey Hoffmann Dworak & Cutler Mortuaries at 402-391-3900 or check the website to verify the meeting date. **PS

Bereavement Support Group           (Omaha)

These sessions are for any bereavement.  They are 6 weeks long and are offered in the Spring and in the Fall at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 925 S. 84 St., Omaha.  Contact Jayne at VNA at 402-930-4269, or Marcia at Methodist at 402-354-3200, or Mary at Alegent-Creighton at 402-898-8239 for information on beginning dates and times.  These sessions are sponsored through the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice, Methodist Hospice, and Alegent-Creighton Hospice.  There is no fee.  Must be pre-registered to attend.  **PS

Compassionate Friends (Omaha/Council Bluffs)

Open-ended support group for parents, grandparents, siblings, and family members over 18 grieving the death of a child. 1) 1st Thursday of the month 7:00- 9:00 P.M. at New Cassel Retirement Center, 900 N. 90th St., Omaha.  2) Spanish Support available upon request. Call 402-571-4011 or access them at www.tcfomaha.org or www.facebook.com/tcfomaha or mail@tcfomaha.org There is no fee.  **PE

Grieving with Great Hope  (Omaha)

This is a 5-week group series that offers hope and healing to adults who are mourning the loss of a spouse, parent, child, sibling or any loved one.  The series is grounded in the Catholic faith but is open to all; it provides prayerful, practical and personal grief support.  Cost is $20 for the series.  Scholarship options available.  Sponsored by the Center for Family Life Formation of the Archdiocese of Omaha.  Contact Denise Carlson at 402-551-9003 Ext. 1304 for more information on scheduled sessions or to register.

H.E.A.L. (Bellevue)

This group, open to the public, is for individuals who are preparing for or are experiencing the loss of a family member, friend, or patient.  Support and guidance will come from the group leader and fellow members.  They meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at Hillcrest Country Estates at 6802 Grand Lodge Ave., Papillion, the 1st and 3rd Mondays from 5:00 – 6:30 P.M.at Hillcrest Home & Community Services at 1820 Hillcrest Dr. in Bellevue, and the 2nd Wednesday from 3:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. at Aksarben Senior Living, 1330 S. 70th St., at the Assisted Living Entrance.  Lunch/Dinner is provided at some locations with prior RSVP on certain weeks, or some weeks are potluck/brown bag or no meal.  Contact Valerie Height, Bereavement Coordinator with Hillcrest Hospice Care at 402-619-2321 or vheight@hillcresthealth.com to RSVP. **PS

HEALing Embrace     (Omaha)

HEALing Embrace walks alongside families that have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss.  They provide free grief resources and gifts of hope and healing.  HEALing Embrace also provides financial assistance for medical and funeral expenses, postpartum care and grief counseling.  When your heart is ready, please reach out to jennifer@healingembrace.org for more information or the website at www.healingembrace.org

Omaha/Council Bluffs Young Widows and Widowers (Omaha/Council Bluffs)

This is an informal social support group.  They use an email group for individual and group communications, questions, and encouragement.  Contact by email: omahayoungwids@gmail.com or leave information at The Centering Corporation at 402-553-1200.  **PE

Open Arms (Omaha)

This support group is for families who have experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or shortly after birth.  They meet in February, March, April, June, July, August, October, November, and December for a four-week format on Wednesdays, 7-8:00 P.M. in the Lower Level Library at West Hills Presbyterian Church, 3015 South 82nd Avenue (please use the North entrance). Contact:  Tom Backer, at 402-343-8527.

Pathways to Compassion (Omaha)

Pathways to Compassion Hospice hosts 6 week grief support groups throughout the year for adults 18 and over.  For start dates and times, contact Anna Dick-Burkey, Bereavement Coordinator, by calling 402-333-3149 or email at adburkey@pathwayshospice.net **PS

P.O.S.T.  – Parents of Suicide Together (Omaha)

This group comes together to offer support for each other after the loss of a child to suicide.  They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 84th and Pacific.  There is also a Saturday luncheon meeting for the mothers.  For more information please call Karen McElroy at 402-556-7307 or email at ParentsOfSuicidesTogether@yahoo.com or view the website at http://parentsofsuicidestogether.wordpress.com. **PE

SIDS Support Group (Omaha)

This group offers support to families and caregivers who have lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Family support and assistance is scheduled.  Contact SIDS at 402-935-1911 or at www.nebraskasidsfoundation.org

S.O.S. – Survivors of Suicide (Omaha)

These sessions are for family and friends who have lost someone they love through suicide.  Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 P.M. at First Christian Church – Dodge at 66th.  Please call Fred Henninger at 402-558-4616.  Please call before attending. **PE

Suicide Loss- Two Groups: SOSL – Siblings of Suicide Loss, and FOSL – Friends of Suicide Loss (Teens/Young Adults)   (Omaha)

There are two groups.  The first one, SOSL, for Adult Siblings meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00-8:00 PM at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 925 S. 84th St., Omaha.  Contact Declan Mc Elroy at 402-739-9899 or declanomaha@yahoo.com. The second group, FOSL, for Teens and Young Adults, meets the last Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:00PM at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave., Room 226, Omaha. Contact Cindy Thomas at 402-915-3118 or cinthomas@outlook.com.

Surviving Bereavement  (Omaha)

These sessions are for any bereavement. They are 4 week sessions and are offered in January, May, and September on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. at the Immanuel Medical Center Campus, 6901 North 72nd Street, Omaha, NE.  It is recommended that you attend no sooner than 4-6 months after the death of your loved one.  Contact Linda Dempsey at 402-572-2933 for exact location and starting dates to register for classes as they are closed after sessions begin and limited in size.  **PS

THEOS (They Help Each Other Spiritually & Socially) (Omaha)

This is primarily a social group for people who have had a spouse die. They meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 1:00 P.M. in the auditorium at New Cassel Retirement Center, 900 N. 90th St., Omaha, NE.  Contact Mary at 402-393-3052 or Dorothy at 402-399-0759.  It is recommended that people attending this group have already journeyed through the early stages of grief. **PE

Walking Through the Valley of Darkness (Omaha) www.heafeyheafey.com   (aftercare)

Crown Pointe Retirement Center: These sessions are adult education for people who have lost a loved one. They meet on the 2ndand 4th Tuesdays, Lower level, from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. at 2820 South 80th St. (off West Center frontage road). Jayne Gundrum, Facilitator. Contact Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries at 402-391-3900.  There is no fee. **PS

Widowed Person’s Group (Omaha)

This group meets for social support the 3rd Monday of each month at 11:30 A.M. at Jericho’s at 11732 W. Dodge Road, Omaha. Preference is to please call Grace at 402-426-9690 or Addean at 402-493-0452 for first time attending. **PE

**PS – Professional or Staff Facilitated; **PE – Peer Facilitated

 OTHER SERVICES

Centering Corporation (Omaha)

This non-profit resource center sells books, videos and literature for the bereaved of all ages, as well as providing workshops for grieving children and their families.  For information call 402-553-1200 or toll free 866-218-0101.  They are located at 7230 Maple St., Omaha, NE 68134. They also publish a quarterly magazine, “Grief Digest.”  An on-line catalog of resources can be found at www.centering.org

Grief’s Journey (formerly Ted E. Bear Hollow)    (Omaha)

This is a grief center, offering free grief support services to children, teens and adults. Family support is offered to those     grieving the death of a loved one as well as those families experiencing a serious illness or injury.  Family bereavement support includes ongoing and open-ended monthly support for children ages 3-18 and their families, periodic 8-session groups, as well as periodic family days at various times of the year.  Overnight teen retreats are held twice a year.  There is also an ongoing, open-ended adults only group (Adults Helping Adults) that is held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.  For more information check their website www.griefsjourney.org or call the office at 402-502-2773.  They are located at 7811 Farnam Drive, Omaha, NE 68114.

Volunteers Assisting Seniors (VAS) (Omaha)

VAS utilizes the education, skills and knowledge of volunteers, especially retired seniors, to help other seniors obtain needed services and understand their rights and privileges available under the law.  This includes Medicare rights and entitlements through the NE SHIIP program.  In addition they offer help with homestead exemptions, assist in issues concerning Medicare fraud, and other help in areas. VAS is located at 1941 S. 42nd St., Suite 312, Omaha, NE 68105.   Call 402-444-6617.       www.vas-nebraska.com

INTERNET

Bereavement Publications:  www.livingwithloss.com; Centering Corporationwww.centering.org;  National Funeral Directors Association: www.nfda.org/consumer-resources/grief-support ;Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support:  www.nationalshare.org; Grief Share: www.griefshare.org (can sign-up for emailed daily devotionals) and/or check local classes being offered in area at churches by entering zip-code.

 

This information provided and updated by:

 Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak & Cutler Mortuaries, Omaha, NE- Aftercare Services

A community service program of caring for individuals and families who are grieving the death of someone they love.

Aftercare Services:  aftercare@heafeyheafey.com  or 402-391-3900