Grief Resources

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Omaha/Council Bluffs Metro Area

Aftercare Grief Support Group (Omaha)

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, located at 2820 South 80th Street. Contact: Sharon at Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries at 402-391-3900 or check the website at www.heafeyheafey.com to verify the meeting date.

Aftercare Grief Support Group  (Council Bluffs)

Sessions are for adults who have had a loved one die and are feeling down from the death of their loved one. They meet  the 2nd and  4th Thursday of each month from 4:30 – 6:00 P.M. The group is held at The Center located at 714 S. Main Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Sponosored by: Cutler Funeral Home-712-322-7779.  Facilitated by: Rev. Dick Sladkey.

Beginning Experience (Omaha)

Beginning Experience of Omaha offers three programs. 1) A Weekend Retreat – three times a year. It is for people who are further along in their grief process. It is recommended that the person be widowed at least a year before attending. 2) Coping sessions – a six week program for widowed, divorced or separated adults. It is designed for those going through the initial stages of grief. 3) Who Am I Now? A session for children and teens ages 5-15 and is offered during the summer months. These sessions are presented at the same time as the summer Adult Coping sessions. For more information and dates, please visit www.beginningexperienceofomaha.org. They are sponsored by the Archdiocese of Omaha – open to all denominations. Contact: Kay Buhrman at 402-551-9003, ext. 1304 at the Family Life Office, 3330 North 60th Street for more information.

Compassionate Friends (Omaha/Council Bluffs)

These sessions are for parents, siblings, and families who have lost a child or brother/sister. 1) Support Group Meetings for parents, grandparents and adult siblings over 18:  1st Thursday of the month 7:00-9:00 P.M. New Cassel Retirement Center, Auditorium-Level 2, 900 No. 90th Street, Omaha;  2) Spanish Meeting: 3rd Wednesday of the month 7:00-9:00 P.M. One World Health Center, Conference Room, 4920 S. 30th Street, Omaha; 3) Lunch: 3rd Tuesday at Noon, Tish’s Restaurant, 1207 S. 35th Street, Council Bluffs, IA.  There is no fee. For more information, please call 402-571-4011 or access them at www.tcfomaha.org.

H.E.A.L. (Bellevue)

This group offers discussion and social support for those who are bereaved. Lunch is served, followed by a facilitated meeting time. They meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. at Mable Rose Estates at 48th and Hwy 370 in Bellevue. Lunch is provided with prior RSVP. Contact Debi Pittock, Bereavement Coordinator with Hillcrest Hospice Care at 402-934-2618 or dpittock@hillcresthospice.com to RSVP.

Omaha/Council Bluffs Young Widows and Widowers

This is an informal social group.  They use an email group for individual and group communications, questions and encouragement.  Contact by eMail: Info@cbomahayoungwids.org.  For more information: http://cbomahayoungwids.org

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 the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7-8:00 P.M. at the Bergan Mercy Professional Center, 7710 Mercy Road, Room C on 2nd Floor. Contact: Chair of the Infant Bereavement Committee 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 generally meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 84th and Pacific. For meeting or contact information, please call Laraine Peck at 402-496-0309 or lpeck@tconl.com.

Siblings of Suicide (Omaha)

This group is for adults who have lost a sibling to suicide.  It meets the same time and place as P.O.S.T. Joyce Hicks-Kalvinek facilitates the group.  She can be contacted for meeting information at JoyceHicks-Kalvinek@lfg.com or 402-490-5759.

SIDS Support Group

This group offers support to families and caregivers who have lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Family support and assistance is scheduled. There is no fee. Contact: Kate Hegarty at 402-935-1911, or 3170 Arcadia Avenue, Omaha, NE 68111 or www.nebraskasidsfoundation.org.

S.O.S. Survivors of Suicide

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– call for location. There is no fee. Contact: Fred Henninger at 402-558-4616 before attending.

Suicide Survivor Outreach Program (from the Nebraska Chapter of the AFSP – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)

Anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide may request a visit by a pair of suicide survivors. In addition to talking, the newly bereaved will receive information on surviving a suicide loss and a list of resources in the area which may help them cope with the aftermath of suicide. Call 1-888-333-2377 (AFSP) or visit www.afsp.org to arrange a visit.

Surviving Bereavement (Omaha)

These sessions are for any bereavement. They are 6 week sessions and are offered in the Spring and Fall on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. at the Alegent Health Immanuel Medical Center, 6901 North 72nd Street. There is a $20.00 fee for the session. 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.

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 6:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of the Cross, 1517 South 114th Street. It is recommended that people attending this group have already journeyed through the early stages of grief. Contact: Mary at 402-393-3052 or Dorothy 402-399-0759.

Walking Through the Valley (Council Bluffs)

These sessions are adult education for people who have lost a loved one. Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Center located at 714 South Main Street, Council Bluffs, IA. There is no fee. Contact: 712-322-7779 *(sponsored by Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries- 402-391-3900).

Walking Through the Valley (Omaha)

Crown Pointe Retirement Center: These sessions are adult education for people who have lost a loved one. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, lower level, from 10:00-11:30 A.M. at 2920 South 80th Street (off West Center Frontage Road). Peggy Bonacci, facilitator. Contact: Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries at 402-391-3900 for information www.heafeyheafey.com (aftercare)

Children ages 5-19 who are adjusting to a death

Living with Loss Too  (Omaha)

For children who have experienced the loss of a sibling. Children’s Hospital  call 402-955-5661. 7 week program in the Spring and Fall. Tuesday 7:00-8:30 P.M.

Rainbow Program (Omaha)

Program that visits the schools (Public and Private). Sponsored by Family Life Office, Diocese of Omaha. Call Pat Seier at 402-551-9003, ext. 1304.

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 Joy or Marvin Johnson at 402-553-1200 or toll free 866-218-0101. They are located at 7230 Maple Street, Omaha, NE 68134 (open to the public.) They also publish a quarterly magazine, “Grief digest.” An on-line catalog of resources can be found at www.centering.org.

Ted E. Bear Hollow (Omaha)

This is a bereavement center especially focused for grieving children. Ongoing and open-ended monthly support groups for children ages 3-18 and their families are offered, as well as programs including Kids Kamps, Teen Camp, and Tinsel & Tears. Eight week support groups are offered periodically throughout the year for children and their families. Also, eight session support groups are available for young adults ages 18-30. For information, call the office at 402-502-2773. They are located at 7811 Farnam Drive, Omaha, NE 68114. www.tedebearhollow.org

Chadron

Compassionate Friends

For parents and siblings who have lost a child or brother/sister. Contact: Pat at (308) 207-5341 or TCFofnorthwestne@hotmail.com.  They meet the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm (call to confirm) at Ridgeview Bible Church, 919 E. 10th St, Chadron, NE  69337.

Fremont

Compassionate Friends

For parents and siblings who have lost a child or brother/sister. Contact: Toll free number for local chapter information 1-877-969-0010 or visit the website at: www.compassionatefriends.org.

Geneva/Bruning

Compassionate Friends

For parents and siblings who have lost a child or brother/sister. Contact: Toll free number for local chapter information 1-877-969-0010 or visit the website at: www.compassionatefriends.org.

Grand Island

Next Step Grief Support Group

A grief support group for adults which meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Memorial Health Center (Conference Room A) 2116 W. Faidley, Grand Island, NE. Contact: Heather at 308-398-2600.

Adult Grief Classes

Sharing and support for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. Provides a four week video series, two times a year. Meets at St. Francis Memorial Health Center, 2116 W. Faidley, Grand Island, NE. Contact: Heather at 308-398-2600.

Kearney

Changes

For anyone who has lost a loved one. They meet the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. There is no fee. Contact: O’Brien Straatmann-Apfel Funeral Home at 308-234-3500. 4115 Avenue ‘N’, Kearney, NE.

Compassionate Friends

For parents and siblings who have lost a child or brother/sister. Contact: Toll free number for local chapter information 1-877-969-0010 or visit the website at: www.compassionatefriends.org.

Lexington

Compassionate Friends

For parents and siblings who have lost a child or brother/sister. Contact: Toll free number for local chapter information 1-877-969-0010 or visit the website at: www.compassionatefriends.org.

Lincoln

Bridges

For people who have experienced a pregnancy loss through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or newborn death. Personal support, no group meetings. Sponsored by St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Call 402-219-7065.

Charlie Brown’s Kids

Grief/Social support groups for children ages 3 – 16 who have experienced the death of a parent. Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sheridan Lutheran Church, located at 6955 Old Cheney Road, Lincoln, NE. Contact 402-483-1845.

Mourning Hope Grief Center

Mourning Hope companions grieving children, teens, young adults and their families when someone significant in their lives has a serious illness or has died. Mourning Hope provides support groups, community education, grief resouces and referrals. Call 402-488-8989. 4919 Baldwin Avenue, Lincoln, NE 68504. www.mourninghope.org.

S.O.S. Survivors of Suicide

Sessions are for family and friends who have lost someone they love through suicide. Meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Enter at the East Entrance of the church. There is no fee. Contact Gary or Jennifer Nelson - Lincoln Ray of Hope / Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 402-477-8610. Located at 40th and ‘C’ Street, Lincoln, NE.

Widowed Persons Service/Grief Support Services

WPS Friendship Group – Social get together weekly. Widowers Breakfast Widows Luncheon Group – meets monthly. Just Pals Young at heart widowed persons. Call 402-441-7028 Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Norfolk

Compassionate Friends

For parents and siblings who have lost a child or brother/sister. Contact: Toll free number for local chapter information 1-877-969-0010 or visit the website at: www.compassionatefriends.org.

North Platte

Compassionate Friends

For parents and siblings who have lost a child or brother/sister. Contact: Toll free number for local chapter information 1-877-969-0010 or visit the website at: www.compassionatefriends.org.

*Some churches offer grief counseling for their members. Please check with local churches in your area.

Plattsmouth

Compassionate Friends

For parents and siblings who have lost a child or brother/sister. Contact: Toll free number for local chapter information 1-877-969-0010 or visit the website at: www.compassionatefriends.org.

Scottsbluff (Also covering the areas of Kimball and Alliance)

For Grief Support Services in the area

Contact: Linda Rock or Suzy Frost at 308-630-1149 or toll free at 1-877-699-7794.

Compassionate Friends (Scottsbluff)

For parents and siblings who have lost a child or brother/sister. Contact: Toll free number for local chapter information 1-877-969-0010 or visit the website at: www.compassionatefriends.org.

Other Services

Centering Corporation

This non-profit resource center sells books, videos and literature on bereaved of all ages, as well as providing workshops and the Kids Kamp for grieving children and their families. Contact: 402-553-1200.

Volunteers Assisting Seniors (VAS)

VAS utilizes the education, skills and knowledge of seniors 55 and older to help other seniors obtain needed services and understand their rights and privileges available under the law. This includes legal matters, consumer fraud, insurance, Social Security and community service. VAS offers training and workshops. Contact: 444-6617.

On the Internet

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
www.aarp.org/griefandloss

Compassionate Friends
www.compasionatefriends.org

Kidsaid
www.griefnet.org/KIDSAID/welcome.html

*This list is provided by the Nebraska Organ Recovery System and does not represent endorsement of the above groups.
**To verify and obtain more information about these support groups, please call the numbers listed.
***Your local church, hospital, funeral home or newspaper may also be able to provide you with a list of resources.