Although survival rates are increasing each year, the reality of cancer is that not everyone survives the disease. Numerous area resources are available to help you through this transitional time and support you in your grief. Also, check with your employer to see if they offer one-to-one grief counseling through your Employee Assistance Program.
Watch Six Stages of Grief, a brief video by Pastor Rick Warren, the founder and Sr. Pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA and the author of many books, including A Purpose Driven Life. Watch Here.
Griefshare is an organization with several support groups in the Fox Valley area. Visit their website, enter your zip code and find a group near you.
Adult Grief Support Group at The Thompson Center in Appleton is for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one. These gatherings provide a caring community for learning about grief, finding support, sharing memories and identifying feelings. Group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, 2:30-4:00 p.m. For more information contact Melissa Klebs, Affinity Visiting Nurses Bereavement Coordinator, at 920-727-2000.
Adult Grief Support Group at Oshkosh Senior Center is for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one. These gatherings provide a caring community for learning about grief, finding support, sharing memories, and identifying feelings. Group meets the 3rd Thursday every month at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact Melissa Klebs, Affinity Visiting Nurses Bereavement Coordinator, at 920-727-2000.
Center for Grieving Children/Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley Family Night is a safe place where grieving children, teens and families in the Fox Valley area receive compassionate peer support, education, opportunities to remember and commemorate their loved one, and the chance to express their experiences and feelings in an accepting environment. The Center facilitates healing, removes isolation and builds a sense of hope. Family Nights begin with a shared meal and participants then break up into age groups with adults having their own group. (Parental or other adult involvement is generally required.) A trained volunteer facilitator leads group members through a variety of activities that may include time for talking and sharing memories, using arts and crafts, keeping a journal or playing games. Participants are welcome to come as frequently and for as long as they need. Meets the 3rd Tuesday every month from 6-8 p.m. For more information and to register contact Lois Damerow, Director, 920-750-5839.
Men Journeying Through Grief is a unique support opportunity for men only. Though the experience of grief is not limited to men alone, there are sometimes differences in the way men and women express and process their grief. Messages from our culture and the ways men have been raised can be obstacles to journeying through grief. Please join us for a home-cooked meal followed by sharing of grief information and support resources. Group meets the 1st Wednesday every month from 6-8 p.m. For more information contact Melissa Klebs, Affinity Visiting Nurses Bereavement Coordinator, at 920-727-2000.
Peace Through Grief is six-week program that provides information and support, looking at all aspects of the grief experience, including emotional, physical, spiritual and social. The series is offered periodically throughout the year at the Affinity Hospice Visiting Nurses Neenah office. For more information please call 920-727-2000 for upcoming dates and times.
Single Fathers Due To Cancer is a new resource for single dads who are grieving the death of their wife from cancer while trying to single parent their children. Drs. Don Rosenstein, Leeza Park and Justin Yopp from the University of North Carolina recently launched this website for men who are simultaneously mourning the loss of their wives to cancer while raising their children alone. For more information visit singlefathersduetocancer.org.
Teen Grief Support Group / Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley contact Lois Damerow, Director, 920-750-5839 for current information.