Support Groups

Fox Valley Grief Network

The Fox Valley Grief Network (FVGN) is comprised of professionals and non-professionals who journey with the bereaved in the Fox Valley area. The group includes people working in a variety of professions: social worker, counselor, clergy, lay minister, parish nurse, hospice volunteer, bereavement support coordinator, school guidance counselor, funeral directors, chaplain, etc.

  • The group gathers for the purpose of:
    • Networking with other professionals in the field to share resources and expertise
    • Learning about area programs, support systems, resources, and events in the Fox Valley
    • Identifying and addressing areas of grief support that may be lacking
    • Understanding the journey of grief
    • Remaining current in methods that are most effective in journeying with the bereaved
  • The group meets the third Thursday of the months of January, May, September and November at various locations. For more information about FVGN meeting dates, times and locations or to be put on our email list, please contact the FVGN: Email: [email protected]

Grief Gathering

Grief gatherings will be an experience for patients, families, and staff to find much-needed
support and healing as they processes and integrate significant losses in their lives.

  • We will meet for six weeks in a row, four times a year. This is an interfaith, non-religious gathering that will include practices, reflections, sharing and listening, and memory making geared at integrating grief into one’s life. All ages are welcome and is open to the general public. Attendees are encouraged to come for all 6 weeks. RSVPs are encouraged.
  • When: Tuesday nights throughout the year (6-7:30pm)
  • Where: Mercy Medical Center Passport 55 Office (between the Chapel and Main Entrance)For dates and more information contact Chaplain Nathan Bettger, (920) 223-0122 or, Email: [email protected]

Grief Matters

Free support group for those who have lost a loved one.
For more information contact the Bereavement Center at (920) 907-3940.

  • Group meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of each
    month from 6:00-7:30 pm at Agnesian Bereavement Center, 1161 W. Johnson Street, Fond du Lac.
  • Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1:00-2:30 pm at Agnesian Bereavement Center, 1161 W. Johnson Street, Fond du Lac.

Grief Share

Support group for anyone who has lost a loved one, recent or past.
For more information and meeting dates, contact the facilitator.

  • First United Methodist Church– 325 E Franklin St. Appleton. Meets weekly 6:00-8:00 pm. Facilitator: Phyllis Freeman (920) 574-2859
  • St. Matthew Lutheran Church– 129 S. Mason Street, Appleton. Meets Saturdays, 9:00-11:00 am.
    Facilitator: Joyce Schroeder (920) 585-9080
  • St. Gabriel Parish– 900 Geiger St., Neenah.
    Meets Thursdays 6:00- 8:00 pm.
    Facilitator: Mary Ellen Brown (920) 729-1351
  • Calvary Bible Church– 1450 Oakridge Road, Neenah. Meets Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm.
    Facilitator: Debbie Smoll (920) 841-3906
  • Christ the Rock Community Church– W6254 Highway 10-114, Menasha. Facilitator: Nola Sweet (920) 730-8383 extension 332

General Support Groups

  • THEO (To Help Each Other)– Support and learning for those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or a loved one. Meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays, 6:30 pm, non-denominational, and no fee; St. Mary’s Church, 312 S. State Street, Appleton. Contact Donna Nemecek at (920) 739-2093 or Parish office at (920) 739-5119.
  • Learning, Laughter, Tears– Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 3:30 pm in the 2nd floor lounge at Appleton Retirement Community, 200 W. Packard Street, Appleton. This is a drop-in group that offers support of others who have suffered a loss. Group is led by a Chaplain and social worker from Southern Care Hospice. This support group is free and open to the public. For more information call Sara Fawcett at (920) 450-3350.
  • Journey of Hope-The Journey of Hope grief support group takes place the first Thursday of each month, 6:00pm at The Hoffman Memory Care Resource Center within St. Paul Elder Services, 316 E. Fourteenth Street Kaukauna, WI 54130 (please enter through the 13th street entrance).  Journey of Hope provides an opportunity to learn about grief, share stories, support one another and promote good self-care.  No fee.  Contact Susan at 920-766-6180 with questions.

     

  • Navigating Grief– This group meets on five consecutive Tuesdays from 1:30–3:00 pm or 6:00–7:30 p.m. throughout the year in De Pere and is open to any adult member of the community who has experienced the death of a loved one. Meetings include topics such as common reactions to grief, memories, coping and adjusting to new roles, self-care traditions and finding hope. To register for this grief support group, call (800) 990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor. Support Group offered by Unity Hospice. For further information visit: https://unityhospice.org/grief-support/#groups
  • Women’s Luncheon– This monthly opportunity is for bereaved women to gather for informal conversation and support. It is held on the third Wednesday of every month from noon to 1:30 pm at a local Green Bay restaurant. Lunch is available for purchase off the menu. To register for this grief support group, call (800) 990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor. Support Group offered by Unity Hospice. For further information and meeting dates visit: https://unityhospice.org/grief-support/#groups
  • Understanding Grief– This monthly support group is for any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one. Meetings will include such topics as common reactions to grief, memories, coping and adjusting to new roles, self-care, traditions and finding hope. This group is held monthly on Wednesdays in Marinette, Wausaukee, Gillett and Sturgeon Bay. Check the calendar for scheduled times for each location. To register for this grief support group, call (800) 990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor. Support Group offered by Unity Hospice. For further information and meeting dates visit: https://unityhospice.org/grief-support/#groups
  • A Time to Mourn– A six week grief group offering support for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The group is led by professionals trained in grief support. Sessions are offered in February, April, and September. For more information, please contact Angie Schuldt, Bereavement Coordinator with Affinity Visiting Nurses Hospice at (920) 486-2269.
  • Drop-In Group– Adult support group for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one. Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month , 1-2:30 pm at the Oshkosh Senior Center, 200 North Campbell Road. No fee. For more information contact Affinity Visiting Nurses, Angie Schuldt at (920) 486-2269.
  • Men Journeying Through Grief– A unique support opportunity for men only. Gathering includes a home cooked meal followed by sharing of grief information and support resources. Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:00-8:00 pm at Affinity Visiting Nurses office, 816 W. Winneconne Avenue Neenah. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for meal planning. Contact Angie Schuldt, Affinity Visiting Nurses Hospice Services, at (920) 486-2269.
  • Grief Connection– This group meets on five consecutive Tuesdays from 1:30–3:00 pm or 6:00–7:30 pm throughout the year in De Pere and is open to any adult member of the community who has experienced the death of a loved one. Meetings include topics such as common reactions to grief, memories, coping and adjusting to new roles, self-care traditions and finding hope. To register for this grief support group, call (800) 990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor. Support Group offered by Unity Hospice. For further information and meeting dates visit: https://unityhospice.org/grief-support/#groups
  • Healing Thru the Arts– Healing Thru the Arts is a hands-on creative grief group for adults. The workshop is led by a Grief Counselor who will provide support and guidance throughout the session. Healing Thru the Arts will be held the 4th Thursday of every month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. To register for this grief support group, call (800) 990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor. Support Group offered by Unity Hospice. For further information and meeting dates visit: https://unityhospice.org/grief-support/#groups

Grieving Families

  • Generations – Hope for Grieving Families– This monthly program is designed to support grieving families with children and teens ages 6-18. Dinner is served each evening at no charge. Age appropriate groups are held concurrently for parents or guardians, teens and children. For more information visit: https://unityhospice.org/grief-support/#groups
  • When: Second Thursday of every month from 5:30–7:30 pm.
  • Where: The Green Bay area.To register for this grief support group, call (800) 990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor.

Holiday Grief Programs

  • Hope and the Holidays– open to any adult member of the community who has experienced the death of a loved one. Meetings will include topics such as grief around the holidays, traditions, self-care and finding hope. For more information visit: https://unityhospice.org/grief-support/#groups
  • When: This group meets on five consecutive Tuesdays in November and December from 1:30-3:00 pm or 6:00-7:30 pm.
  • Where: De Pere, WI.To register for this grief support group, call (800) 990-9249 to speak with a Grief Counselor.

Widow/Widower

  • New Beginnings– Social dinner groups for widows and widowers. Advance registration is appreciated.
  • When/Where: Meets the 1st Friday of the month for a fish fry at the Darboy Club, N9695 County Road N, Appleton. Group also meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at various locations in the Fox Valley. Social at 5:45 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm. Contact: Donna Nemecek at (920) 739-2039 or
    Email: [email protected]

Grieving Parents

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley– Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the Center for Grieving Children of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley offer ongoing peer support to any parent who has experienced the death of a child, newborn to 18 years of age. Parents are welcome to join the group at any time and at any stage in their grief journey. Group meets at the Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley, 160 S. Badger Avenue, Appleton. The only requirement to attend is an orientation with the Center’s Director. For more information contact:
    Loris Damerow, (920) 750-5839, [email protected]
  • Resolve Through Sharing– A free support group for those who have experienced a miscarriage, stillborn or infant death. Group meets the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm at Agnesian Bereavement Center, 1161 W. Johnson Street, Fond du Lac. For more information contact the Bereavement Center at (920) 907-3940.
  • Remember Through Sharing– Supports those who have experienced a miscarriage, stillborn, ectopic, or neonatal death. Special commemorative events, such as the Walk to Remember and Candlelight Memorial, are held during the year. For more information, contact Joan, RTS coordinator at (920) 729-2087.
  • SHARE Pregnancy & Infant Loss– Share is a resource for families who experience a death of a baby. Groups meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 7:00 pm at St. Vincent Hospital, 835 S. Van Buren, Green Bay. Contact Mary Salm for more information:
    Email: [email protected]
  • Pathway to Peace– An ecumenical memorial service for those who have experienced pregnancy loss or infant loss. Services are held three times each year through St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton & twice each year at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. For dates and times, contact the St. Elizabeth Hospital Birthplace Social Worker at (920) 738-2094 or Mercy Medical Center Chaplain at (920) 223-0122.

Veterans

  • Military Support Group– Group meets the first Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m. at the 395th Ordinance Company Armory, 1824 Ballard Road, Appleton. This support group is for Bluestar & Goldstar families for those that have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Military and those families that have lost loved ones in combat. For more information contact: Dick LaChapelle (USMC Veteran) at (920) 735-0806.
  • Military and Veteran Family Support Network– Group Meets every Saturday, 9:30-11:00 am on the 3rd floor at The Center for Suicide Awareness inside St. Paul Elder Services, 316, E. 14th Street, Kaukauna. This support network provides a series of conversations that bring military and veteran families together for support and strengthen family relationships. Resources and tools will be shared to help military family members understand how and why PTSD and other mental health traumas affect relationships, discover and share valuable skills, tools and support strategies to build a strong family network. For more information, Call the Center for Suicide Awareness at (920) 475-4748.
  • V.A. Bradley Clinic– Counseling is available for qualified veterans that have been screened & examined for treatment through the V.A. Healthcare System only. Physical, mental and emotional counseling is available by scheduled appointment only. For more information contact the V.A. Bradley Clinic at (920) 831-0070 extension #47500.
  • Veterans Crisis Line– The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. Send a text message to 838255 to received confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For more information visit,
    www.veteranscrisisline.net

Spouse/Partner Grief Support

A free support group for those who have lost a spouse/partner. Group meets the 1st Wednesday of each month
from 1:00-2:30 pm at Agnesian Bereavement Center, or the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm at Agnesian
Bereavement Center, 1161 W. Johnson Street, Fond du Lac. For more information contact the Agnesian Center at (920) 907-3940.

Children

  • Center for Grieving Children– The Center conducts an evening Family Night program on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, from 6-8 PM during the school year. These gatherings begin with a shared meal and visits from our therapy dog teams. Participants then break up into five age groups with adults having their own groups as well. Trained facilitators and support volunteers lead group members through activities designed for the sharing of feelings, life experiences, and memories. These activities often include arts, crafts, interactive games and discussion. The evening ends with a candlelight commemorative ceremony.A onetime orientation with the Director is the only requirement to attend. Contact Loris Damerow at 750-5839.
  • Peer Support Groups– For children ages 3-18, and the adults who care for them, who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives. Groups meets twice a month from 6-8 pm at the Boys and Girls Club, 160 S. Badger Avenue, Appleton. This free program provides small support groups for all ages, including the adults. Enjoy a meal, all together. A one-time family orientation is required to attend. For more information and meeting dates, contact Loris Damerow at 750-5839 or visit:
    www.bgclubfoxvalley.org/youth-and-family-services/center-for-grieving-children/
  • Teen Group– “Teens Only” grief support group for youth, ages 13-18. Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Boy and Girls Club, 160 S. Badger St, Appleton. Contact Loris Damerow at 750-5839.
  • Camp Hope– A weekend program providing an atmosphere of love and acceptance for children to express themselves following the death of a loved one. Camps take place at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, Wisconsin in spring and fall. No fee. Contact by calling (715) 341-0076.
    Email: [email protected]
  • Camp Lloyd– A week long camp for children grieving the death of a loved one. Camp Lloyd is a safe environment for campers to explore feelings of grief and gain support from one another. Camp takes place during one week each summer on the University of Wisconsin Green Bay campus. Cost is $40 per camper or $55 for families. For more information please contact Ilene Cupit at (920) 465-2703 or visit: www.uwgb.edu/camplloyd
  • Children and Teen Grief Support Network– Children and teens grieving a death often feel like no one understands what they are going through. And truthfully, no one’s grief is exactly the same. But those who are grieving often appreciate most being able to share with others who are also grieving a death. In support groups, there is no right or wrong way to be. They won’t be told it’s time to move on or that an emotion they have is wrong or inappropriate. Through talking and listening, they’re free to find hope and comfort in your own personal way. That’s where the Children and Teen Grief Support Network comes in. Children’s Grief Support Network is a program at the Club that provides compassionate care to kids, teens, and families in Oshkosh who have experienced a loss through education and peer group support sessions. (You do not need to be a member of the Boys & Girls Club to participate!)Healing begins in a safe, non-judgmental space where children, teens and their families can engage in conversations and activities which honor their deceased loved one. By working through the grief process, children and teens can express thoughts and feelings with others who are also experiencing grief.Support Groups meet at:
    The Boys and Girls Club
    501 E. Parkway Avenue
    Oshkosh, WIHere’s how the groups in Children and Teen Grief Support Network work.

    • Meet consistently throughout the year. For our online calendar for dates and times of meetings visit:
      http://bgcosh.org/calendar/
    • Facilitated by trained, compassionate volunteers
    • Offer a variety of age groupings, for 5-18 years, are created so activities and peer discussions match developmental levels
    • Make it easy for multiple family members to attend with children and teen groups running at the same time
    • Provide free, onsite child care for families with children under 5 years of age
    • Serve a free family-style meal prior to the start of each support group
    • Attend sessions as often or as long as needed

    Before attending your first session, please contact the Boys and Girls Club Oshkosh Family Support Coordinator, Julie Morris at: [email protected] or 233-1414, ext. 30 to schedule a one-time orientation.
    For further information visit:

    http://bgcosh.org/services/grief-support/

Trauma

  • Hopeline– A free statewide emotional support text line that is available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week /365 days a year. Text HOPELINE to 741741 .Service is provided by The Center for Suicide Awareness.
  • Youth Survivors of Suicide Support Group
    Meets the 3rd Monday of the month. 6:30-8:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton. Open to all people ages 12-18 who have been affected by loss due to suicide. Free of Charge, but pre-registration is required. Please contact Barb at (920) 475-4748.
    Email: www.centerforsuicideawareness.org
  • Support After Suicide Loss
    A support group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Group meets the first and third Thursday of the month from 6:00-8:00 pm at 211 E. Franklin Street, Appleton. For more information call (920) 209-9040 or (920) 570-0075.
    Email: [email protected]
    Email: [email protected]
  • Adult Survivors of Suicide Support Group– Open to all people over the age of 18 who have been affected by loss due to suicide. Free of charge and no registration required. Meets the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton. For more information contact Barb at (920) 475-4748.
  • Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group– Support group for ages 14 and older for family members, friends and coworkers of those who have died by suicide. Free of charge.
    • Neenah– Meets 2nd Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 200 Church Street, Neenah.
    • Oshkosh– Meets 3rd Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00 pm at Community for Hope Offices (Mercy-Oakwood Center), 2700 W. 9th Avenue, Suite 100, Oshkosh. For more information contact: Debbie Peters at 920-230-4840 or visit:www.communityforhope.org

Substance Abuse Loss

  • The Red Balloon Group– A grief support group for parents who have lost a child to the disease of addiction, the opportunity to share, support and connect.APPLETON:
    Group meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Appleton Public Library Room D.

    • For more information, contact Wendy Steward at (920) 540-3477.
  • Wisconsin Grieving Loved Ones United– Grief support for anyone that has lost someone they love to the disease of addiction, the opportunity to share, support and connect.

    APPLETON:
    Groups meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:00-8:30 pm at Mooring House, 607 W. 7th Street, Appleton.

    • For more information, contact Wendy Steward at (920) 540-3477.

Holiday Grief Programs

  • Hope for the Holidays– Losing someone to death and journeying through the grieving process is difficult. This FREE seminar will offer practical ways to help you journey through grief with hope in the midst of the holidays. Seminar is held every year in November at Wichmann Tri-County Chapel, 1592 Oneida Street, Menasha. For more information on date and time for the seminar, please call Wichmann Funeral Homes at (920) 831-9905.
  • Grief Share: Surviving the Holidays– When you are grieving a loved one’s death, the holiday season can be especially painful. This seminar helps participants discover: how to deal with emotions, what to do about traditions, helpful tips for surviving social events and how to find hope for the future. For more information, seminar dates and times contact the facilitator.

Seminar locations:
First United Methodist Church, 325 E. Franklin St., Appleton Contact Phyllis Freeman at
(920) 574-2859.

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 129 W. Mason St., Appleton Contact Joyce Schroeder at
(920) 585-9080.

Calvary Bible Church, 1450 Oakridge Rd., Neenah Contact Deborah Smoll at
(920) 841-3906.

St. Luke Lutheran Church, 705 E. Greenfield Dr., Little Chute Contact Elsa Manthey at
(920) 788-4408.

  • December Grief and the Holidays– Meets the 2nd Monday of December. 6:30-8:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Phillip Lane, Appleton. Group will cover topics including how to handle your grief through the holidays from a loss due to suicide and to commemorate your loved one and share stories. For adults 18 years and older. Free of charge. For more information contact Barb at (920) 475-4748.
  • Blue Christmas Worship Service– First Congregational UCC, 724 E. South River Street, Appleton will hosts a Blue Christmas worship service in their intimate chapel for those who are experiencing a sense of loss during the Christmas season. At the service, you are invited to light a candle in memory of a loved one or as an intercessory prayer for a situation that is creating sadness. For further information about December service date and time call: (920) 733-7393 or visit:
    www.firstcongoappleton.org

Other Supports

  • Hospice Memorial Services– Many area hospices conduct memorial services throughout the year for the families they have journeyed with and for the general public. Please contact them directly for more information.
  • Local Churches– Don’t forget your local church, synagogue or mosque. Pastors, priests, rabbis, lay ministers, Stephen & Be-Friender Ministries, and Care Ministry can provide comfort and support to the grieving. Faith communities often offer memorial services during the course of the year.
  • Fullness of Life– An ecumenical prayer service for grieving families. For dates and times, contact St. Elizabeth Hospital at (920) 738-2655 or Mercy Medical Center at (920) 223-0120.
  • Professional Counseling– While the experience of loss, anger, and sadness is a necessary part of grief work, it can be difficult to do without professional support of some kind. Professional counselors play an important role in facilitating health grieving and observing signs of complicated grief that can lead to major depression. The Fox Valley area is fortunate to have many qualified, competent, and compassionate counselors. For referrals, please contact your clergy, health care provider and a close and trusted friend.