Other Area Support Groups
Updated for publication for July 2021. 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
Compassionate Friends (Omaha/Council Bluffs)
Open-ended support group for parents, grandparents, siblings, and family members over 18 grieving the death of a child. As of right now, they are still meeting online by zoom. Please call for updated information as this may change after September. Call 402-571-4011 or access them at www.tcfomaha.org or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.facebook.com/tcfomaha. There is no fee. **PE
Grieving with Great Hope (Omaha)
This 6-week seminar/workshop offers support for adults who have entered the grieving process. This seminar is primarily for adults who have lost a spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandchild, or a friend. It is sponsored through the Catholic Cemeteries and St. Cecilia Cathedral. Please contact Deacon James Tardy at Jtardy@catholiccem.com or phone him at 402-391-3711 for information on the sessions. **PS
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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave contact information at The Centering Corporation at 402-553-1200. **PE
Open Arms (Omaha)
This support group sponsored through CHI is for parents who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy, at birth, or shortly after birth. Search Facebook: CHI Health Open Arms Infant Support Group – 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. They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Please contact them for meeting location before attending. 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 email@example.com. 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 Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave, Room G260, Omaha. Contact Declan Mc Elroy at 402-739-9899 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 2) SFSL, for Adults, meets the last Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:00PM at Christ Community Church, 404 S. 108th Ave, Room 217, Omaha. Contact Julie Junker at 402-819-9059 or email@example.com.
Surviving Bereavement (Omaha)
These sessions are for any bereavement. They are 4-week sessions and are offered in January, May, and September on Thursdays at the Immanuel Medical Center Campus, 6901 North 72nd St., 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
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
Widows Support Group (Omaha)
CHI Health sponsors a 2nd Tuesday evening opportunity each month from 5:30-7:00PM for social and facilitated support. Call Lisa Ramold, CHI Bereavement Coordinator at 402-639-0509 for location information and to reserve a spot. **PS
Widowers Support Group (Omaha)
CHI Health sponsors a 2nd Friday breakfast opportunity each month from 10:00-11:30AM for social and facilitated support. Call Lisa Ramold, CHI Bereavement Coordinator at 402-639-0509 for location information and to reserve a spot. **PS
**PS – Professional or Staff Facilitated; **PE – Peer Facilitated
Other Services and Internet
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
The Collective for Hope (Ted E. Bear Hollow, Griefs’s Journey, HEALing Journey) (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, in person and online, are available for adults and youth ages 3-18. All groups can be found on their website at https://thecollectivefor hope.org. Call the office at 402-502-2773 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Corporation: www.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. 13-week classes and 2-hour Seminars are available.
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: email@example.com or 402-391-3900