Grief Support Services

Connect with LeadingAge Ohio member bereavement professionals

LeadingAge Ohio understands the power of bereavement support in helping those who are grieving, especially around the holidays and during the cold winter months. In an effort to help grieving Ohioans and those experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, including health care workers approaching burnout, LeadingAge Ohio wants to connect Ohioans to the bereavement services available through our membership.

Please see our press release announcing the "OK to Grieve" campaign.

Please see the services below and connect with them to take advantage of this powerful service.


Additional Resources:

Everyone Knows What Grief Is Now: Five Ways Hospice-Based Grief Experts Can Support Patients and Families in the COVID-19 Era

White paper by the National Hospice Cooperative.  Special thanks to Patti Anewalt, Director of Pathways Center for Grief & Loss in Mount Joy, PA., Diane Synder Cowan, Director of grief services at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland, OH., and Lisa Balster, Director of patient & family support services at Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton for their contributions and sharing of experience.

Articles:

"There is No Vaccine for Grief" (New York Times, 3/2)

Northeast/Eastern

Aultman Grief Services

Website: www.aultman.org/grief

Contact: Beth Wengerd; beth.wengerd@aultman.com; (330) 479-4835

Areas Served: Stark, Summit, Portage, Wayne, Holmes, Tuscarawas and Carroll.

Bereavement Services:  Aultman Grief Services is a community based grief support program that offers a variety of grief support groups for children, adults and families. Individual counseling is available, as well as a Trauma Grief Support Group offered to those bereaved individuals who have experienced a tragic loss such as suicide, homicide, overdose or accidental death. 


Holy Family Home Health Care & Hospice

Website: https://staugministries.org/holy-family-hospice/

6707 State Rd. Parma, Ohio 44134
Contacts: Erin Hout: (440).545-7032, ehout@holyfamilyhome.com; Carrie Nicholas: (440) 545-7031, cnicholas@holyfamilyhome.com
Areas served (counties served): All of Cuyahoga, and parts Lorain, Medina, Lake, Summit 

Bereavement services offered: We offer telehealth services such as individual counseling and a monthly virtual support group. We also follow up with the bereaved for 13 months with phone calls and mailings. All of our bereavement services are free of charge.


Hospice of the Western Reserve

Website: Hospice of the Western Reserve - Grief Services (hospicewr.org)

Hospice of the Western Reserve/Grief Services
17876 St. Clair Ave
Cleveland, OH 44110
(216) 486-6838
Areas served (counties served): Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Lorain, Summit, Ashtabula, Portage, Stark and Medina counties

Bereavement services offered: Western Reserve Grief Services is a community based grief support program. In addition to our hospice families, we provide support to anyone in the community who has experienced a death. We offer consultation, crisis response, support groups and education related to grief and loss.


Buckeye Hospice and Palliative Care Services 

Website:www.buckeyehospice.com

Northern region:
3379 Main Street, Suite A/B
Mineral Ridge, OH 44400
Contact: David Kahnt - (609).651-1696

Areas served (counties served): Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, and Summit

Bereavement services offered: Dealing with the heavy emotions that come with experiencing a life-limiting illness on top of the pandemic, can take a toll on both residents, families, and facility staff. We have counselors who can provide the emotional support needed to get through these difficulties in person (socially distant setting), virtual platform, or by phone. 


Judson Park Hospice

Website: www.judsonsmartliving.org

2181 Ambleside Drive
Cleveland Ohio 44106
(216) 791-2077

Contact: Isaac N Horton, MDiv, BS, IHorton@judsonsmartliving.org

Areas served (counties served): Cuyahoga and Geauga counties

Bereavement services offered: 1A Hospice Staff member attempts to attend visitation and/or funeral services of patient.; 2) Bereavement/Sympathy Card from Staff; 3) Initial Bereavement Program Introduction Letter.  This letter services (1) introduce the Bereavement Coordinator (2) to explain bereavement services  (3) to provide contact information and general bereavement/grief information and (4) etc.


Shrivers Hospice

Website: https://www.shriverspharmacy.com/Shrivers-Hospice/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shriverspharmacy/

601 Underwood St.
Zanesville, Ohio 43701
(740) 487-1241

Contact: Dr. Lee Barnhart, lbarnhart@shrivershospice.com 

Areas served (counties served): Muskingum, Morgan, Washington, Athens, Fairfield, Perry, Guernsey, Noble counties

Bereavement services offered: Shrivers Hospice offers bereavement services for patients and families serviced by Chaplains/Spiritual Counselors and Social Workers


Stein Hospice

Website: steinhospice.org 

1200 Sycamore Lane
Sandusky, OH  44870
(419) 625-5269; (800) 625-5269 and ask for the Bereavement Department

Areas served (counties served): Erie, Huron, Lorain, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca and surrounding counties

Bereavement services offered: Anticipatory Grief and Bereavement Counseling to Stein patients and families, Bereavement Support Groups and Social Groups(open to Stein bereaved and any griever from the community), Bereavement Events-Camp Good Grief, Memorial Services, Holiday Programs(open to Stein bereaved and any griever from the community).  Bereavement support/debriefing and education/presentations to community agencies, businesses, schools and nursing facilities. 


Community Hospice

Website: www.myhospice.org/bereavement-grief-support

716 Commercial Ave SW
New Philadelphia, OH  44663
(330) 343-7605

Contacts:  Kelsie Gunnoe, Counseling Department Admin Coordinator (kgunnoe@myhospice.org) or                David Weaver, Director of Counseling Services (dweaver@myhospice.org

Areas served (counties served): Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Holmes, Stark, Carroll, Columbiana

Bereavement services offered: Individual and Group support (phone and/or in-person with Covid-precautions). For specific group times, please check out the Bereavement Newsletter on our website, and call in advance to confirm your interest.


 

Northwest

Hospice of Northwest Ohio

Website: https://www.hospicenwo.org/family-support/grief-support/

30000 East River Rd.
Perrysburg, OH  43551
Contact: Call (419) 661-4001 and ask to speak to a bereavement counselor.  
Bereavement Contact: RIch Plue, VP Clinical Services, rplue@hospicenwo.org 

Areas served (counties served): Lucas, Wood, Fulton, Henry counties in Ohio and Monroe county in Michigan

Bereavement services offered: Hospice of Northwest Ohio provides several support groups and workshops to help people cope with the loss of a loved one.  All groups are provided free of charge and are available to anyone in the community, whether or not they have had previous involvement with Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Meeting with a Hospice of Northwest Ohio grief counselor is required before participation in any group.  Please call the bereavement team to discuss a time and date that will work for you and your family. This will be a time for you to share your story and hear about the bereavement program.  


Putnam County Home Care & Hospice

Website:  www.pchh.net

575 OG Rd, Suite 3
Ottawa, OH 45875
Contact: Julia Mason, jmason@pchh.net ; (419) 523.4449

Areas served (counties served); Putnam and surrounding counties which include but not limited to Henry, Allen, Auglaize, Hardin and some of Van Wert, Defiance and Hancock counties

Bereavement services offered:.  We offer grief support for anyone in the county who is in need of services due to the death of a loved one.  They do not need to have been involved with hospice to benefit from bereavement services.  This can include individual sessions and groups that are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.  These services are free of charge, however donations are accepted.


 

Central

Mount Carmel Hospice and Palliative Care

Website: https://www.mountcarmelhealth.com/find-a-service-or-specialty/hospice-care/ 

1144 Dublin Rd.
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 234-0200
Contact Information: Please ask for Annette Hall or Kristi Jones

Areas served (counties served): Franklin, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, Union, Madison, and Delaware counties

Bereavement services offered: Currently all services are being done virtually due to the COVID. Services include individual counseling sessions and group sessions.  Group sessions include a monthly support group and a group titled "Meaningful Grief" which is a 6-week educational series about grief.  Please call for information on additional events


FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.

Website: https://fairhopehospice.org/grief-support/adult-grief/

282 Sells Road
Lancaster, OH 43130  
(740) 654-7077
Contact Information: Ask for Tracey Miller, Grief Support Manager or bereavement services when calling

Areas served (counties served): Fairfield, Hocking, Perry and surrounding counties

Bereavement services offered: We provide no-cost grief support to children, families and adults. Grief support is offered in a telehealth format.


National Church Residences Hospice

Website: https://www.nationalchurchresidences.org/communities/hospice-care/

2245 North Bank Drive
Columbus, OH 43220
(614) 457-6950
Contact Information: Patrick Fowler

Areas served (counties served):Franklin, Madison, Union, Delaware, Licking, and Fairfield Counties

Bereavement services offered: Counseling services provided by social workers and/or pastoral counseling. Education about grief and loss. Friendly phone calls from grief counselors and/or trained volunteers. Bereavement services are offered for thirteen months to bereaved families of hospice patients or by referral. Bereavement services are free of charge. 


 

Southern/Southwest

Buckeye Hospice and Palliative Care Services 

Website: www.buckeyehospice.com

Southern region: 
856 S. Riverside Rd.
McConnelsville, OH 43756
Contact: Rick Bourne - (740) 475-9449

Areas served (counties served): Morgan, Perry, Washington. Athens, Vinton, Meigs, Noble, Jackson, Hocking, Guernsey, Muskingum 

Bereavement services offered: Dealing with the heavy emotions that come with experiencing a life-limiting illness on top of the pandemic, can take a toll on both residents, families, and facility staff. We have counselors who can provide the emotional support needed to get through these difficulties in person (socially distant setting), virtual platform, or by phone. 


FAIRHOPE Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.

Website: https://fairhopehospice.org/grief-support/adult-grief/

282 Sells Road
Lancaster, OH 43130  
(740) 654-7077
Contact Information: Ask for Tracey Miller, Grief Support Manager or bereavement services when calling

Areas served (counties served): Fairfield, Hocking, Perry and surrounding counties

Bereavement services offered: We provide no-cost grief support to children, families and adults. Grief support is offered in a telehealth format.


Hospice of Hope Ohio Valley

Website: www.hospiceorhope.org or https://hospiceofhope.com/Bereavement

215 Hughes Blvd.
Mt. Orab, OH 45154
Contact Information: Ask for Melissa Roby, (937) 444-4900

Areas served (counties served): In Ohio *(Adams, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland, Pike and Ross Counties). In Kentucky *(Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Pendleton and Robertson Counties)

Bereavement services offered: Hospice of Hope understands that grief is a universal human process that one experiences when losing a loved one. Grieving takes time and each of us grieves in our own unique way. It is important that while grieving you find positive human connection to help support you through this difficult and emotionally charged time. Bereavement Care staff at Hospice of Hope are available to extend that hand of support. Services that we provide include: Individual support, Support group/workshops, Memorial Services, Mountain Pathway (a Family support program), Hope for the Holidays, Bereavement Lending Library, Art of Hope, Expressions of Grief, etc.


Hospice Care of Middletown

Website: Yourhometownhospice.org

4418 Lewis St., Suite B
Middletown, OH 45044
(513) 424-2273
Contact Information: Jeaneen Rausch, Bereavement Coordinator- jrausch@hcmiddletown.org

Areas served (counties served): Butler, parts of Hamilton, Warren, Preble and Montgomery Counties

Bereavement services offered: We currently offer bereavement phone support, informational mailings and resources, one-on-one in office support, one-on-one support in the home for our elderly homebound clients, Zoom call support, and we hope to resume grief support groups in late spring 2021.


Holzer Hospice

Website: https://www.holzer.org/care-treatment/hospice/

100 Jackson Pike
Gallipolis, OH 45631
(740) 446-5074
Contact Information: Ask for bereavement services when you call

Areas served (counties served):  Gallia, Jackson, Vinton, Meigs, and Athens Counties.

Bereavement services offered: Holzer Hospice provides bereavement support services to patients, families, and the public in the form of individual and family bereavement counseling, monthly support group, annual children's grief camp, and education materials and resources. Holzer Hospice employs two full time licensed social workers to facilitate bereavement services.


National Church Residences Hospice

Website: https://www.nationalchurchresidences.org/communities/hospice-care/

681 E. 3rd St.
Waverly, OH 45690
(740) 947-3010
Contact Information: Charles Elliot

Areas served (counties served): Ross, Pike, Vinton, Jackson, Pickaway, and Fayette Counties

Bereavement services offered:Counseling services provided by social workers and/or pastoral counseling. Education about grief and loss. Friendly phone calls from grief counselors and/or trained volunteers. Bereavement services are offered for thirteen months to bereaved families of hospice patients or by referral. Bereavement services are free of charge. 


 

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