Other Area Support Groups

Updated for publication for July 2020. 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 PM at Heafey Mortuary, 7805 W. Center Rd. 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 for adults are for any bereavement.  They are 5 weeks long and are offered in the Spring and in the Fall at The Visiting Nurse Association, 12565 West Center Road, Omaha. Contact Jayne or Marcia at VNA at 402-930-4261 for information on dates and times. Fall sessions 2020 will be offered in an online format. These sessions are sponsored through the Visiting Nurse Association 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 PM at New Cassel Retirement Center, 900 N. 90th St., Omaha.  2) Spanish Support available upon request. 3) Fremont meeting, 2nd Thursday; Lincoln meeting, 3rd Monday.  Call 402-571-4011 or access them at www.tcfomaha.org or mail@tcfomaha.org or www.facebook.com/tcfomaha. There is no fee.  **PE


 H.E.A.L.    (Bellevue)

H.E.A.L. (Healing Each other After a Loss) Facilitated by Hillcrest Hospice – a public support group for individuals preparing for or experiencing the loss of a family member or friend.  Group members can expect: A safe, nonjudgmental   environment to speak openly. Education & ideas about grief and loss. Literature about grief to help navigate the journey.  For more information or to register, contact Kendra Gonzalez, Bereavement Coordinator with Hillcrest Hospice at 402-934-2518 or bereavement@hillcresthealth.com  **PS


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

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


Open Arms (Omaha)

This support group is for parents who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or shortly after birth.  Open Arms meets on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 PM during the months of Feb, March, April, June, July, Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec. The group does not meet in Jan, May, and Sept. Contact Cassie Benak at cassie.benak@gmail.com for more information about the group.  Search Facebook: chiopenarmsbereavementsupport to join their private group.


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.  Please contact them for information about meeting during these coronavirus times. Normally they meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM 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 402-677-4564. 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 info@nebraskasidsfoundation.org.    www.nebraskasidsfoundation.org


Suicide Loss:  SOSL – Siblings of Suicide Loss and SFSL – Sanctuary for Suicide Loss – Adults       (Omaha)

There are two groups: 1) 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.  2) SFSL, for Adults, meets the last Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:00PM at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave, Room 226, Omaha.  Contact Julie Junker at 402-819-9059 or vernjulie@cox.net.


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

Heafey Mortuary: These sessions are adult education for people who have lost a loved one. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM at Heafey Mortuary, 7805 W. Center Rd. 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 lunch and social support.  Due to the coronavirus, this group is temporarily not meeting.  If you are interested in attending their future lunches, please call Grace at 402-426-9690 or Addean at 402-493-0452 for notifications of future times.  **PE

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

Other Services and Internet

Centering (Omaha)

This non-profit resource center sells books, videos and literature for the bereaved of all ages.  For information call 402-553-1200 or toll free 866-218-0101.  They are located at 6406 Maple St., Omaha, NE 68104. 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)

Free grief support services for children, teens and adults who are grieving a death, a serious illness or injury, and pregnancy/infancy loss. Support groups are available for adults and youth ages 3-18. All groups are currently held in an online platform. 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.  They also 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.org

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 offered in area by inserting 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