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Other Area Support Groups

This information was updated for publication for July 2018.  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 or Marcia at 402-930-4261, or Amanda at CHI Health at Home Hospice at 402-898-8209 for information on dates and times.  These sessions are sponsored through the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice and CHI Health at Home 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.  3) Fremont meeting, 2nd Thursday, Lincoln meeting, 3rd Monday.  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

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.  Grievers attend a 10-week educational support group following the writings of Dr. Alan Wolfelt.  Suggested donation to cover cost of materials.  After attending the 10-week group, grievers are invited to open, ongoing social grief groups held twice a month on one of the Hillcrest Campuses in Bellevue or Papillion.  RSVP required – Contact Valerie Height, Bereavement Coordinator with Hillcrest Hospice at 402-934-2518 or bereavement@hillcresthealth.com . **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 a private facebook 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.

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 Bob Schreurs at 402-426-9673 or email at schreurs@abbnebraska.com.  Please call before attending. **PE

Suicide Loss: SOSL – Siblings of Suicide Loss, and FFOSL – Friends & Family of Suicide Loss (Teens/Young Adults & Adults)   (Omaha)

There are three 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) FFOSL, 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 , but beginning September, contact Kaycee Greninger at 573-301-2234. 3) FOSL, for Adults, meets the same time and church as FFOSL.  Contact Julie Junker at 402-810-9059 or vernjulie@cox.net.

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)

Free grief support services for children, teens and adults who are grieving a death, a serious illness or injury, or immigration challenges.  Support groups are available for adults and youth ages 3-18.  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