Adult Bereavement Support Groups

Please click on the links below to learn more about these MetroWest adult support programs offering a wide array of bereavement services.

Advocates/Jeff's Place

Grieving During Covid-19
Advocates, in collaboration with Jeff’s Place, offers virtual support group designed for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 crisis. This 12-week private program will focus on the grieving process and highlight the extraordinary challenges that a loss during this pandemic has created.
Groups will meet weekly for 1-hour.
Start date: TBD, pending enrollment.
To make a referral or for more information:
http://bit.ly/AdvCCBHC | (508) 661-2038
Karen Katz | KKatz@Advocates.org

Care Dimensions

Led by experienced bereavement professionals, these support groups bring people together to share feelings, console one another, or simply observe and listen. Groups include Coping with Grief and Loss; Adult Loss of Parent; Loss of Spouse/Partner; Loss of Sibling; Loss of Adult Child; LGBTQ Grief Support; Young Widowed; Suicide Bereavement; and Monthly Caregiver Support Group. Also offering interactive workshops to address specific issues and help participants find practical ways to manage grief.


The Children’s Room

Parenting While Grieving - An eight week, evidence-based, educational series for parents and/or caregivers who are parenting children and teens who have had a parent die. The way in which the surviving parent or caregiver is coping with the loss will help determine how well a child will cope over time.  Explore the impact of death and loss on children; developmental understanding of the grief process; strategies for managing the challenges of parenting; and for some, parenting while navigating their own grief. 

Emerson Hospital

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group: This group is for those who have experienced pregnancy loss or infant loss shortly after birth.
Caregiver Support Group: This group is to support family, friends, and caregivers whose lives have been affected by cancer.


Framingham Council On Aging

Callahan Center - Adult Bereavement
535 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA. Second and fourth Tuesday of every month 1-2:30pm. (508) 532-5980.  Call ahead to enure groups are meeting as scheduled.

Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd offers a variety of support groups which are free of charge and open to the community including but not limited to: Loss of a Parent, Loss of a Spouse or Partner, Caregiver Support. An opportunity for individuals to meet on a regular basis to discuss the experience of loss together and exchange mutual support. Support groups take place in a safe, confidential space and are facilitated by experienced members of the Good Shepherd Counseling Services Team.
Asian Support Group: AsianCare@GSCommunityCare.org
or call (617) 831-6196
Russian Support Group: RussianCare@GSCommunityCare.org
or call (857) 930-0502


H.E.A.L.I.N.G.

HEALING offers a monthly support group for young adults ages 22-34 in Newton, MA. This monthly group creates an opportunity for early adults who are grieving to receive validation, support, camaraderie, and normalization of their experience.  From the HEALING site click on 'Events' tab for details.

HEARTPLAY

Peer-support groups for children, teens, and young adults in Wayland and Newton. All groups require registration and are offered on an on-going basis. Participants are encouraged but not required to attend regularly and some groups have a co-occurring caregiver support group. All groups are facilitated by experienced mental health counselors and utilize the expressive arts to engage participants in activities to remember and honor their person as well as to develop emotional awareness and coping skills.


JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN'S SERVICES

Emotional and spiritual support for adults living with loss. Currently offering a virtual Bereavement Support Group on Mondays from 10:30 AM to noon. The Director of Spirituality and Aging is also available for phone conversations with people who are experiencing feelings of grief and loss.

Jeff's Place

Jeff’s Place helps children, teens, and families experience a healthy grieving process in a supportive environment. It offers a special group night for families that have experienced the death of a child. While parents meet in a group, children and teens meet with other bereaved siblings. The Young Adult Group is intended to support grievers between the ages of 18 and 25 who have had a meaningful death loss. Jeff's Place also now offers a Grandparents Support Group designed for grandparents supporting a grieving grandchild.


The Journey - Living with Loss

A bereavement support group that focuses specifically on supporting individuals who are navigating the journey of life after the passing of a loved one due to substance use. In person and virtual support groups available.

Newton Wellesley Hospital

Childbirth Loss Support Group - For families who have suffered the death of a child before birth, at birth or shortly after birth. The groups, led by a licensed social worker, offer comfort and reassurance for both individuals and couples.

Young Widow/Widower Support Group –  A supportive atmosphere, grief education, and coping strategies to manage the loss of a spouse or partner. For ages 55 and younger.


One step at a time

Monthly peer-led support group for families and friends dealing with the loss of a loved one from a substance use disorder. The group offers understanding, acceptance, love and support as the members navigate through this experience together. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month, at First Church in Marlborough from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Samaritans

Free support for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.  Services focus on non-judgmental listening, compassion, and peer support. SafePlace group meetings are available (currently virtual) to connect people with others who have experienced a similar loss. If not ready to attend a support group, a pair of trained volunteers are available to offer support via Zoom or phone calls, for more individualized and personalized “visits.”


S.A.D.O.D. (Support After Death by Overdose)

A directory including a variety of grief support groups for people throughout MA who have been affected by the death of someone they care about from a substance-use-related cause. S.A.D.O.D. focuses on increasing the capacity and effectiveness of peer grief support for bereaved family members, friends and frontline care providers.

The Sun Will Rise

In-person and virtual grief support for anyone 18 and older who has experienced a loss due to substance abuse.  The Sun Will Rise now also offers a special men’s only Zoom grief support group as well as a “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” group.  Pre-registration required.


Temple Emanuel

The bereavement group at Temple Emanuel is for any adult in the Temple and larger Jewish community who has experienced the loss of someone dear and  would find it comforting to meet with others who have also experienced an important loss, whether it has been recent or in past years. It meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, at 10:30 AM.

Trinitarian Congregational Church

A seasonal ministry for those in need of support, encouragement and understanding around the death of someone they love.


The Tears Foundation

Support groups provide a comforting, safe space for bereaved parents or grandparents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss, as well as for bereaved parents who have questions about trying again, are trying to conceive, or are currently pregnant or parenting living children following a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. Groups start with a specific topic and end with time for open discussion. Support group facilitators are bereaved parents, are at least two years through their grief journey, and have completed peer companion training.