Adult Grief Support

Adult Support

One thing we have learned over the years is that while each person’s grief journey is experienced differently, grief is not meant to be experienced alone.  At COJ, our Adult Support Groups are designed to accompany anyone navigating the death of a loved one, offering them refuge as they navigate their grief while learning to rebuild their ‘new normal.’ Our groups are facilitated by trained staff or volunteer bereavement specialists with similar loss experiences.

We approach bereavement support holistically through interactive, hands-on activities and conversations where adults find connection and are gifted with space to process and share feelings as they’re ready. In addition to monthly and bi-monthly group sessions, COJ’s adult programming offers printed and digital educational resources; tailored activities for bereaved adults; and healing events and activities.

COJ Adult Support Groups Include: 

  • Bereaved Parent Group
  • Footprints on Our Hearts Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group
  • Grief to Peace with Spring Grove Funeral Homes
  • Hope and Healing After Suicide Loss
  • Men in Grief with Spring Grove Funeral Homes
  • Understanding Your Grief
  • Widowed Support Groups
  • Widowed Grief Support – New Adventures Group
  • Young Adult Support Group serving ages 18-29
  • Individual Facilitations
  • Pathway to Healing Events

Bereaved Parent Group

COJ’s Bereaved Parent Support Group provides support for parents who have suffered the death of a child, regardless of the age at death. This group provides a safe space for grieving parents to connect, share stories, and discover hope, strength, and healing.

  • Virtual: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7-8:30 pm, September-May

 

Bereaved Parent Group for Loss of Child (Up to 17 Years of Age)

COJ’s Bereaved Parent Support Group provides support for parents who have suffered the death of a child. This group provides a safe space for grieving parents to connect, share stories, and discover hope, strength, and healing.

  • In-person: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7-8:30 pm, September-May
  • COJ’s Conference Room*, 8857 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite #002, West Chester, OH 45069

*COJ’s conference room is located in the lower level of the building and requires navigating down one flight of stairs.  It is not handicap accessible.

Bereaved Parent Group for Loss of Adult Child 18+

COJ’s Bereaved Parent Support Group provides support for parents who have suffered the death of an adult child. This group provides a safe space for grieving parents to connect, share stories, and discover hope, strength, and healing.

  • In-person or virtual: 1st Wednesday of the month, 7-8:30 pm, September-May
  • Option to attend virtually or in-person at COJ’s Conference Room*, 8857 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite #002, West Chester, OH 45069

*COJ’s conference room is located in the lower level of the building and requires navigating down one flight of stairs.  It is not handicap accessible.

Footprints on Our Hearts Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group

This group provides grief support for parents who have suffered the death of a child through miscarriage or early infant death.  Footprints on Our Hearts allows parents to process their grief in a safe place with other parents who have experienced the loss of a baby.  Together, we honor our children and find hope, strength, and healing.

  • In-person or virtual: 4th Monday of the month, 6:30-8 pm, September – May
  • Option to attend virtually or in-person at COJ’s Conference Room*, 8857 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite #002, West Chester, OH 45069

*COJ’s conference room is located in the lower level of the building and requires navigating down one flight of stairs.  It is not handicap accessible.

Grief to Peace in Partnership with Spring Grove Funeral Homes

Surrounded with love and support, this grief support group is hosted by Spring Grove Funeral Homes and facilitated by Companions on a Journey. Together, we help individuals to restore balance and find hope, strength, and healing. In-person and virtual options to attend are available.

 

  • In-person: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30 pm at Spring Grove Funeral Homes, 4389 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232
  • Virtual: 4th Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30 pm

Hope & Healing After Suicide Loss Support Group

COJ’s Hope & Healing After Suicide Loss Support Group offers the opportunity to connect with other adults who understand the heartache of losing a loved one to suicide. Surrounded with love and support, together we help individuals to restore balance and find hope, strength, and healing.

  • Virtual: 1st Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 pm

 

Young Adult Grief Support Group

Support for adults, ages 18-29, who have suffered the death of a loved one or friend.

Our Young Adults group offers a supportive environment where you can be honest about your current outlook and the grief you are experiencing with individuals who can relate to navigating grief as a young adult. It is an opportunity to connect, learn about grief, and find hope, strength, and healing amongst peers.

  • Virtual: 1st Monday of the month, 7-8 pm

 

Men in Grief Support Group with Spring Grove Funeral Homes

It can be extremely challenging and isolating to be a man in grief. This grief support group is a safe place to be open and communicate about these challenges with other men who know the pain of losing a loved one. This support group is hosted by Spring Grove Funeral Homes and facilitated by Companions on a Journey.

  • In-person: 4th Tuesday of the month, 6-7:30 pm
  • Spring Grove Funeral Homes (Tri-County), 11285 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45246

 

Understanding Your Grief Support Group

Understanding Your Grief is an open grief group designed to offer support to adults who have suffered the death of a loved one. Surrounded with love and support, this grief support group offers you the opportunity to connect with other adults who understand the heartache of losing a loved one. Together, we help individuals to restore balance and find hope, strength, and healing.

  • In-person: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 pm, September – May
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 5720 Hamilton Mason Rd, Liberty Township, OH 45011

 

Widowed Grief Support - Young Widowed/Living Again Support Groups

Surrounded with love and support, this grief support group offers the opportunity to connect with other individuals (ages 20-64) who understand the heartache of losing a spouse. Together, we help individuals to restore balance and find hope, strength, and healing. Note that age is a guideline. We welcome any widowed person to attend any of the widowed support groups.

  • In-person or virtual:
    • 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 7-8:30 pm, September – May
    • 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7-8:30 pm, June, July, & August
  • Option to attend virtually or in-person at COJ’s Conference Room*, 8857 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite #002, West Chester, OH 45069

*COJ’s conference room is located in the lower level of the building and requires navigating down one flight of stairs. It is not handicap accessible.

Widowed Grief Support - New Beginnings

Surrounded with love and support, this grief support group offers the opportunity to connect with other individuals (ages 65+) who understand the heartache of losing a spouse. Together, we help individuals to restore balance and find hope, strength, and healing. Note that age is a guideline. We welcome any widowed person to attend any of the widowed support groups.

  • In-person: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, 2-3:30 pm, September – May,
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 5720 Hamilton Mason Rd, Liberty Township, OH 45011

Widowed Grief Support - New Adventures Group

COJ’s New Adventures Group is a social group for current and future members of our widowed support groups. This group offers support through a monthly lunch outing at a local restaurant. We look for additional ways to discover new adventures together and expand our social horizons through activities such as concerts, dinners, lunches, ballgames, Segway tours, zip-lining, trips, etc.

If you are interested in joining, please email carla@companionsonajourney.org or register for membership in the Meetup group to receive notifications about upcoming events

Individual Consultation

At COJ, we offer a safe space for children, teens, adults, and families to process feelings of grief and loss.  In addition to our community programs, we offer individual consultation by phone, Zoom, or in-person.  Individual consultations consist of 1-2 sessions with one of our bereavement specialists.  To schedule these sessions, we ask that you complete the registration form below and then call our office at 513-870-9108 to schedule.  *Please note that availability for individual consultations varies depending on our current schedule.

Pathway to Healing Events for Adults

COJ hosts a variety of Pathway to Healing events throughout the year to support bereaved individuals to overcome common communication barriers, provide them with simple moments of joy in the company of others who ‘get it’, and equip them with tools for supporting one another along the grief journey. Please visit our calendar or events page for upcoming events!

COJ was there for us when we needed them most.

- COJ Bereaved Parent Support Group Participant

It has been comforting to meet and talk with (and sometimes laugh with!) people who had lost their spouses at a young age.
- COJ Young Widows Support Group Participant

COJ was a life raft in my sea of unbearable grief.
- Bereaved Father, COJ Bereaved Parents Support Group

COJ gave me a place to cry, to be heard, and to connect with people who truly knew what I was going through.

- COJ Widowed Group Participant

COJ is a blessing! They listened, cared, and let me know I was not alone!
- COJ Hope & Healing After a Suicide Loss Participant