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Give the Gift of HOPE! 

Hello My Friends,

On Behalf of Companions on a Journey I would like to thank you for sharing your love and for supporting COJ. You are truly a blessing and an instrument of Christ love. Our prayer for you this New Year is for you to always feel God’s Peace, Strength and Love.

A quote I like to share with you is


“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — Mother Teresa

We have been blessed with Love and it is up to us to continue to allow that love to be a precious Gift.

Give the Gift of Hope…We invite you to pray for those whom we serve and to consider making a yearend donation to Companions on a Journey to help us to continue our mission to provide ongoing support and life balance for the bereaved in families, schools, businesses and organizations, with faith, hope and love; one child, one teen, one adult, one family at a time.  Our services are offered free of charge to the bereaved through our support group programs. This year we have assisted over 4000 bereaved individuals, with our work being recognized and published nationally and internationally in to Canada.  COJ is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Attached is our 2014-2015 Annual Appeal letter.


“Here’s to the Ripple Effects of Our Loved Ones and to being Companions on a Journey”

May you be blessed this Christmas Season and New Year.  Thank You for Being our Hope!

Happy New Year 2015,

Prayers, Hugs and Lot’s of Love,

Sheila and Your COJ Family

Greater Cincinnati Bereavement Group Offers Help and Hope During Holiday Season

When a loved one has died Christmas can be a painful reminder of a life that used to be. WNKU’s Cheri Lawson reports on an area bereavement group that offers help and hope during the holiday season

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Episode 12: The Tragedy of Suicide

Summary:  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with 38,000 suicide deaths reported each year. In today’s society, there’s a stigma associated with suicide. Most people won’t talk about it and treat it with fear. But being upfront about the struggle and seeking help can prevent the loss of a precious human life. Each death has a ripple effect the impacts friends and loved ones. With more education, prevention and treatments, some of these lives could be saved.



Practical information from community experts on how to  stay mentally well and recover from mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

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Center of Strength, Hope, and Healing

COJ provides “ongoing” grief support to children, teens, and adults. COJ becomes family to those we serve. Just like grief itself, our programs do not have a time limit, which helps restore individuals and family balance. Over the past year, we've assisted over 4,000 persons of all ages throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.

The Cincinnati Enquirer   Special Featured article       Jun 9th, 2013

The Rules of Grieving:        They are still boys

Last summer, reporter John Faherty with the Cincinnati Enquirer approached grief counselors Sheila Munafo-Kanoza and Pat Buckley and asked if he could report on their work at Archbishop Moeller High School. Companions on a Journey “Teens-in-Grief” program got its start at Moeller High School


The boys and school counselor Jim Elfers were generous enough to allow Faherty to attend all of their meetings. There were no limits placed on what Faherty could or could not report. They did so in order to show grief and the difficult process of working through it.


In the story, we identify the speaker of comments made by the five boys we focused on during the year. Those are the boys we later spoke to outside of group. We also spoke to their parents and guardians. In other instances, the speaker is not identified to respect their privacy.


This is their Story:

Lord, we praise You for blessing us with Your love and the love of each other. "Come Lord, Be our Guest and hold our hearts in Your hands.” Draw us ever so close to You so that we may become Companions on a Journey seeking Your peace, Your strength and Your love. Amen.

Our Mission

Companions on a Journey’s mission is to provide ongoing support and life balance for the bereaved in families, schools, businesses and organizations, with faith, hope and love: one child, one teen, one adult, one family at a time.


Our Vision

We seek to be the most compassionate and effective faith-based bereavement support center in the Tri-State area serving individuals, families and groups at any stage of their grief so they may come and find hope, strength, and healing.

Sheila Munafo Kanoza, Executive Director and Founder of Companions on a Journey