Grief Support

The Compassionate Friends, Inc.

The Compassionate Friends, Inc. Darke – Mercer County Chapter are part of the International Organization offering mutual assistance, self help, friendship and understanding for Bereaved Parents.  Support group meetings are open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a child of any age (including miscarriage).  Compassionate Friends is non-denominational, there are no dues or fees.  For the bereaved parent attending, the first meeting does take courage; attendees need not speak a word during these meetings, but after attending, the parent may come away having found a comforting network of support, friendship, and understanding that only others who have “been there” can give.  Survivors are welcome from neighboring counties or from as far as you are willing to drive.  Meetings are held 7:30 to 9:30 PM on the third Monday of each month at the home of Gary and Elaine Broering, 181 Westview, St. Henry, Ohio. (419) 678-4351

The Compassionate Friends – News Letter

The Compassionate Friends, Inc. Darke – Mercer County Chapter provides a newsletter free to anyone interested in receiving the monthly publication.  Included are information about Compassionate Friends, contact information, and a heartwarming supply of poems and writings inspired by parents who have experienced great loss.  Please contact Delores Schlarman at (419) 925-4547 for your free subscription.

Grief Share

Comfort for the Grieving Hearts – You don’t have to go through it alone.  The NFL Pastoral Region (St. Michael, Ft. Loramie and Sts. Peter & Paul, Newport) are now offering a support group for the local area.  The program will be a weekly seminar/support group for people grieving the loss of a close personal relationship by death.  It’s a place where you can be around people who understand how you are feeling and are able to offer you encouragement.  At “Grief Share” you’ll learn valuable information that will help you through this difficult time in your life.  There will be featured grief and recovery video programs by nationally recognized experts followed by group sharing. Contact Rose Meyer at 295-2891 rosem@nfregion.org regarding registration details for the next session.

Wilson Hospice Care

“Growing Through Grief” – Support programs for adults who have experienced any loss will be available for three sessions in 2010.  Beginning on March 2, May 4, and September 7, each group will meet once a week for eight sessions.   Group sessions are held from  1:00 to 3:00 PM or 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Hospice office located at 1083 Fairington Drive in Sidney.  “Grief and the Holidays” sessions will also be available. Please contact Phil Chilcote at 937-498-4614 or pchilcote@wilsonhospital.com.