We are here for you before, during, and after the funeral. We know how difficult the weeks, months, and years after a loss can be. We have found these resources to be helpful in beginning the grief process.
Adult Bereavement Support Group — A six-week educational support group that teaches adults about grief. It also allows them to share stories and give hope to others.
Bereavement Sharing Groups — For people who are actively grieving.
Bereavement Support Group — Support group for bereaved families. Meetings are held every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and also 7 to 9 p.m. The meetings are held at Eagle Creek Methodist Oncology Center at 6925 Shore Terrace in Indianapolis. This is located on West 38th Street, the third stop light from the 38th Street exit from I-465.
Contact: Dick Bailey at (317) 962-8611 or the Chaplaincy Department at Methodist Hospital at (317) 962-8611 or (317) 962-2000.
Patricia A. Ley, M.A., LMFT — Grief Counseling, Indianapolis, IN
Rod & Staff Ministries — Biblical Counseling, Greenwood, IN
Support for families who have lost a loved one.
St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers — Offers an educational and supportive group that meets for six weekly sessions to learn about grief and share experiences with others who have experienced the death of a loved one. Topics addressed include physical effects of grief, emotional impact, sleep difficulty, utilizing available support, loneliness, depression, anger, holiday coping, and hope for the future. Groups are offered quarterly. Parents’ group meets simultaneously.
Bereavement for Adults:
Infant Loss Support Group: (317) 865-5199
Memories to Hold: (317) 856-5199
Bereavement for Children: (317) 865-2092
The Catholic Widowed Organization — For widowed men and women.
Call (317) 236-1596 or contact Family Ministries of Indianapolis.
They Help Each Other Spiritually — Self-help group with chapters on the Southside, Westside, Eastside, and Northeast.
Survival Skills for the Bereaved
Vistacare Hospice — Grief and healing support programs — Offers grief support groups for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one.
6431 S. East Street
Indianapolis, IN 46227
(317) 788-0300 or (800) 480-9408
Children, Teenagers, and Families
Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People —Offers additional bereavement support services for children, teens, young adults (3-20+), and their parents/guardians.
50 East 91st Street, Suite 103
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Caterpillar Kids — Led by a staff trained in bereavement support for children. Youngsters participate in storytelling, art projects, and other games and sharing opportunities. Parents also are invited to participate in a concurrent session to help support their children.
Christ United Methodist Church,
8540 U.S. Highway 31S
Camp Healing Tree — A weekend support camp for children and teens dealing with the loss of a loved one. The camp allows campers to share experiences and feeling associated with their losses.
St. Francis Home Health & Hospice
438 S. Emerson Ave.
Teen Support Group — For adolescents, ages 12-18, who have lost a significant person in their lives.
Family Support Group — For families who have a seriously ill loved one.
Loss of a Child
Compassionate Friends — Offers a support group for parents, grandparents, and siblings of children who have died. Provides support during crisis and later adjustment period.
Northside – (317) 697-6506
Southside – (317) 996-3209
Infant Loss Support Group — Monthly support group for families who have experienced a loss.
Neo-Fight — A group who have lost a baby or are caring for a premature or critically ill infant.
Open Arms – Offers support groups for families who have experienced a stillbirth, a miscarriage, or the death of a newborn. For more information about services or to receive a call from a Grief Support Person, call (317) 621-5275 or (765) 298-5162 in Anderson, IN.
Share – A support group for parents who have lost a baby.
Indianapolis- (317) 996-3209
Indiana- (317) 634-5561
Greenwood- (317) 440-7915
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome — A support group for families who have lost an infant to SIDS.
Resolve Through Sharing — For parents who have lost a baby.
(317) 871-2205 or (317) 783-8166
Walk to Remember – Held each October, families from around central Indiana who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death attend the event to honor and remember their children. Families walk from St. Francis Hospital-Beech Grove to Sarah T. Bolton Park in honor of their children. A memorial service at the park features families reading poems about their children. The service also includes a balloon release and a memorial reading.
Registration is not required.
Call (317) 865-5199 for more information.
Kevin Caruso, Editor in Chief
Survivors of Suicide Victims
1640 North Ritter
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Contact Person: Rodney Craggs
Meetings per Month: One – Fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m. (Meets third Wednesday during November and December due to the holidays)
Cancer Support Group – Support for adult cancer patient and their caregivers
Mondays 6-8 p.m.
Southport Presbyterian Church,
7525 McFarland Blvd, Room CE-28
Indianapolis, IN 46237
Registration is required
Family Support Meetings — For family members and caregivers of seriously and terminally ill loved ones.
Victims of Drunk Driving
Mother’s Against Drunk Driving
5224 Southeast Street
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Contact Sarah Butler at (317) 781-6233
Online Bereavement Resources
Bereaved Families Online – Offers support for people who have lost an immediate family member.
Grief Net – Offers numerous discussion and support groups for bereaved persons (in e-mail/list serve format) and a variety of resources related to death and major losses.
Growth House – Offers an extensive grief and bereavement section, including a chat room and information about general and family bereavement, pregnancy loss and infant death, and helping children with grief and illness.
KidsAid – An online support group for children dealing with any kind of loss. It includes artwork, stories, and poems.
WidowNet – An information and support group resource for, and by, men and women of all ages, religious backgrounds, and sexual orientations who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.
GriefConnect, Inc — P.O. Box 206, Crawford TX 76638 (254) 292-9900
The Grief Recovery Handbook: The Action Handbook for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses
Richard Lewis, Judson Press, 1996
I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One
Brook Noel, Champion Press, 2000
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working through Grief
Martha Whitmore Hickman, Harper Paperbacks, 1994
No Time to Say Goodbye: Surviving the Suicide of a Loved One
Carla Fine, Main Street Books, 1999
The Bereaved Parent
Harriett S. Schiff, Penguin, 1978
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Rabbi Harold Kushner, Avon, 1983
The Art of Condolence: What to Write, What to Say, What to Do
at a Time of Loss
Leonard Zunin, Harper Collins, 1992