Leave Well: Grief Support

    Northeast Ohio Grief Support

    When faced with the death of a loved one, your grief may feel overwhelming. For more than 100 years, Busch has helped families in Northeast Ohio get the bereavement care they need. We are here to help you cope and heal before or after a death occurs.

    Our experienced staff is available to answer your questions about death and grieving. Contact us for information on grief support, or download our guide for help when dealing with grief.

    There are many free support groups across Northeast Ohio dedicated to helping those who are grieving. Below, you will find a list of resources to help you cope.

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    Helping a Loved One Grieve

    Helping a loved one grieve can be just as difficult as if you experienced the death. Following are tips to help friends or loved ones through their grieving process.

    • Write cards or letters—The bereaved can turn to these during lonely times.
    • Invite conversations—Let your loved one talk about his or her feelings without embarrassment.
    • Listen—You don’t need to fix the situation; just let them express their feelings.
    • Visit and call often—Remember to respect the need for alone time.
    • Plan activities—Don’t feel disappointed if your loved one declines.
    • Provide a helping hand—Offer to assist with child or pet care, house sitting or yard work.
    • Offer a touch—Hold hands or offer hugs.
    • Share memories—Never avoid conversations about the deceased.
    • Never judge—Believe in your loved one’s ability to get through the grief.
    • Ask how you can help—See if you can prepare meals or invite them to dine out.
    • Invite your loved one to stay over—or stay at his or her house for company.

    Grief Resources

    Please note that Busch does not officially endorse or specifically recommend these resources but offers each as suggestions. 

    Local Support Groups

    Catholic Cemeteries
    Avon, Akron, Brook Park, Cleveland, Northfield, Chardon

    Catholic Diocese
    1404 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

    Christ Church
    23080 Royalton Road, Columbia Station, Ohio 44028

    Christ Church offers a variety of support groups with one specifically for grief support called GriefShare.

    CJ Hendry
    25000 Center Ridge Road, Suite 6, Westlake, Ohio 44145

    CJ Hendry provides quality counseling for children, adolescents, adults, couple, and families through an individualized, collaborative treatment approach.

    Cornerstone of Hope
    5905 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio 44131

    Counseling, support groups, camps and events for bereaved children, teens and families.

    Cuyahoga Valley Church
    5055 East Wallings Road, Broadview Heights, Ohio 44147

    Holy Family Hospice
    6-Week Support Group


    Jesuit Retreat House
    State Rd, Parma

    O’Neill Healthcare Hospice
    Grief Recovery 8-Week Sessions

    St. Bartholomew and Holy Family Parishes
    440-268-8020 (Chris)
    440-785-5841 (Darlene)

    St. Albert the Great
    6667 West Wallings Road, North Royalton, OH 44133

    St. Albert the Great offers "Seasons of Hope" a six-week grief support group, as well as support for individuals and caregivers. 

    Visiting Nurses Association of Ohio
    2500 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

    Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio is the largest not-for-profit, home-based healthcare and hospice provider in Ohio.

    Young Widows—New Beginnings
    29160 Center Ridge Road, Suite R, Westlake, Ohio 44145

    Resources for Children and Families

    Cornerstone of Hope
    5905 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio 44131

    Counseling, support groups, camps and events for bereaved children, teens and families.

    Joel's Place for Children
    Bay Village, Ohio 44140

    Certified Bereavement Facilitators, Mary Willhite, L.S.W., and Kathy Stellato, R.N., founded Joel's Place for Children in 2003. They continue to lead the support groups and train and supervise the volunteer facilitators. Meetings are on the East and West side of Cleveland. Call for more information.

    The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center—Hospice of Western Reserve
    17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44110

    The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Bereavement Center offers a variety of adult support groups, art therapy programs and groups for children and families. Call to find the location nearest you and to schedule a meeting.

    FEEL (Families Experiencing Early Loss)—Fairview Hospital
    3035 Wooster Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116

    The Compassionate Friends, Inc.—Cleveland/Parma Chapter
    6041 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio 44129

    The goal of Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child. 

    The Compassionate Friends, Inc.—Grafton
    708 Erie Street, Grafton, Ohio 44028

    The SIDS Network of Ohio
    5923 Broadview Road, Parma, Ohio 44129

    This is a support group and grief resource for families who have faced the death of an infant due to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

    National Alliance for Grieving Children

    National Alliance for Grieving Children is a support group for grieving children. Resources are available online and through meetings in the Cleveland area. For the location nearest you, visit the link above.

    The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children
    313-885-0390 or 877-306-5256

    The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children’s (TLC) offers parents, families and health care professionals a variety of grief resources for trauma education, training and consultation.

    Tragic Loss

    National Hope Hotline

    The National Hopeline Network provides access to trained telephone counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

    Cornerstone of Hope
    P.O. Box 31555, Independence, Ohio 44131

    The Cornerstone of Hope is a center dedicated to providing support, love and hope for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The Cornerstone of Hope is committed to meeting the spiritual, relational and emotional needs of children, teens, adults, spouses and families.

    MADD National Office
    800-GET-MADD (438-6233) 

    MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit grass roots organization with more than 600 chapters nationwide. MADD is not a crusade against alcohol consumption—MADD’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime, and prevent underage drinking.

    National Organization for Victim Assistance

    The National Organization for Victim Assistance is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services.

    Parents of Murdered Children
    100 East Eighth Street, Suite B-41, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
    513-721-5683 Toll Free: (888) 818-POMC 

    POMC® is dedicated to the bereavement care of friends or family who have lost a child through murder. Local chapters throughout the United States hold monthly meetings, provide support, advocacy and court accompaniment.

    LifeAct (Suicide Prevention) 
    29425 Chagrin Blvd. Suite 203, Cleveland, Ohio 44122

    LifeAct, formerly the Suicide Prevention Education Alliance (SPEA), is dedicated to preventing suicide by teaching young people to recognize the warning signs of suicide in themselves and their peers, and to seek professional help. 

    Survivors of Suicide—Middleburg Heights Community Church
    7165 Big Creek Parkway, Cleveland, Ohio 44130

    Suicide Survivor SupportStein Hospice
    1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870

    Stein Hospice holds various support groups and social outings for adults who lost a loved one from suicide. Visit the website above for more information on meeting themes and times.

    Child Guidance and Family Solutions
    2305 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087

    Lakeshore Counseling Services
    8221 Brecksville Road, Suite 103, Brecksville, Ohio 44141
    5475 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion, Ohio 44089
    800-600-5327 (Brecksville) or  (440) 963-0402 (Vermilion)

    Hospice and Support Organizations

    Child Guidance and Family Solutions
    2305 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087

    Child Guidance and Family Solutions is a practice that provides emotional, mental and behavioral health services and programs to children, adolescents and adults. Visit the website listed above for support group information and grief resources.

    Alzheimer’s Association
    12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44120

    The Alzheimer’s Association’s mission is to stand by those who are touched by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias by advancing research and providing the information, care and support needed to live life as fully as possible throughout the journey.

    Center for Loss

    The Center for Loss and Life Transition is a private organization dedicated to furthering our understanding and compassion for the complex set of emotions we call grief.

    Visiting Nurses Association of Ohio
    2500 E. 22nd Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

    Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio is the largest not-for-profit, home-based healthcare and hospice provider in Ohio.

    Hospice Foundation of America

    Hospice Foundation of America is a not-for-profit organization that provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care through programs of professional development, research, public education and information. Hospice Foundation of America assists those who cope either personally or professionally with terminal illness, death and the process of grief.

    Hospice of the Western Reserve
    300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44119

    The Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.

    River’s Edge Counseling Services
    3430 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44111
    (216) 688-1111

    River’s Edge Counseling Services offers end-of-life counseling for individuals, couples and families.

    Strongsville Psychological Services
    14843 Sprague Road Suite A, Strongsville, Ohio 44136

    Strongsville Psychological Services specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, stress and anger management, and grief loss.

    Resources for Seniors

    AARP Grief & Loss Programs

    The AARP Grief Support Line offers over-the-phone bereavement advice and counseling. Call toll free daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST.

    Communication Connection

    Kathy Kilpatrick is a geriatric communication consultant dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of adults. Visit Kathy’s website above for an upcoming schedule of events.

    Eldercare Professionals of Ohio

    Eldercare Professionals of Ohio offers monthly networking events at several locations. Please visit the website above for your nearest location and event details.

    Social Security Administration
    1-800-772-1213 TYY: 1-800-325-0778

    Funeral Association Resources

    Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP)

    The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice is committed to providing a voluntary certification program to funeral service practitioners that shows families your commitment to exceptional service and life-long learning.

    Association for Death Education and Counseling

    ADEC is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. ADEC offers numerous educational opportunities through its annual conference, courses and workshops, its new certification program and via its acclaimed newsletter—The Forum.

    Ohio Funeral Directors Association
    2501 North Star Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221

    Whether it’s education and training, professional networking, or a voice in the legislature, OFDA has something for you. We invite you to take advantage of the many services OFDA offers and become part of the strongest family of professional funeral associations in the country.

    Thanos Institute

    Thanos Institute was founded in 1981 to help funeral directors educate the public through Home-Study Continuing Education for Licensed Funeral Directors and Embalmers and through educational programs for Funeral Associations.

    The American Academy of Bereavement

    The American Academy of Bereavement (AAB), a non-profit organization founded in 1993, is a national association devoted to the education, preparation and advancement of bereavement specialists. AAB serves as a stepping stone for professional and personal growth in the field of bereavement.

    Books and Publications

    Bereavement Publishing, Inc.

    A publication that offers compassion and hope by providing the most current resources, information and tools for coping with life’s losses

    In-Sight Books

    Offers books, videos and resources in the areas of bereavement and elder care.

    Genealogy / Virtual Records

    Genealogy / Virtual Records

    This is a general site that lists genealogical societies and their activities in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties.

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a directory of links to state and foreign offices responsible for vital records, including death certificates and other information that may be helpful to funeral directors and people involved with genealogy research.

    Cuyahoga County Cemetery Records 

    Genealogy how-tos for Cuyahoga County, as well as information on wills and estates. In addition, view selected cemetery transcriptions.

    Lake County Geneology

    Information on Lake County cemetery inscriptions and death record transcripts.

    Online Ohio Death Records and Indexes

    Information on death records filed in Ohio.


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