Local Grief Support

RYAN'S PLACE

118 S. Main Street, Goshen, Indiana 46526

Specialized support for children with grief issues in Elkhart Co. and surrounding Michiana.

Grief Support Group, 6:30 p.m. at Ryan's Place, a Center for Grieving Children, Teens, and their parents - groups segmented by age - including one for post-high school age. Two groups meet in Goshen: every other Monday or Thursday evenings at the Goshen City Church of the Brethren, and one meets in Elkhart: every other Monday at the First Congregation Church. An anticipatory grief group to support those whose loved ones are in the process of dying is also available, as needed.

For more information and to register call 202-1688(Cell) or 535-1000 (Ofc).

SUICIDE SURVIVOR'S Support Group 

Elkhart County's response, offering specialized support to adults who had a family member or close friend commit suicide. This group is also led by persons connected to Ryan's Place and meets every other Monday of each month at 7 PM at Ryan's Place. (Contact the same numbers listed above for Ryan's Place.)

Goshen Care at Home / Hospice Bereavement Support Group

High Park Building, 1721 South Main St., Goshen, IN

Ph: (574) 364-2700 A 6-week bereavement group is offered at least twice a year; currently being offered in February and August. Open to all.

Contact: Janet Quatman, LCSW or Rachel Schertz, LCSW

Center for Hospice Care bereavement services serving elkhart and kosciusko counties 

Grief support services include individual, family, and group counseling.

Please call 574-264-3321 for more information.

center for hospice care Children's & Teen grief support services

Individual and Family Counseling is available by calling the office nearest you.

Children's Grief Support Group: A once per week time-limited group providing education and emotional support to children, ages 6-12 dealing with the death of a loved one.

Tenn Grief Support Group: This is an ongoing group for teens, ages 13-18, that have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. This group provides grief education and the opportunity for grieving teens to share with and be supported by their peers.  

Camp Evergreen: 

  • A weekend grief camp in early summer for youth and teens ages 10-17 (18 if still in high school) that have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives.
  • A Saturday Workshop in the fall for children, ages 6-9, and their parents/guardians that have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives.

Families can call 1-800-467-7423 or email [email protected] for more information.

RETA- pREGNANCY LOSS SUPPORT

RETA- Pregnancy Loss Support is for those who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or premature infant loss. Are you looking for a safe place to connect with others who share similar experiences? Come join, share, and listen. Drop-ins are welcome! Meets the second Monday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. at RETA, 300 West High St., Elkhart.
You can contact Tonya at [email protected] or 574-522-3888

After Suicide Support Group

United Health Services - Provides a place to connect and share with others who are coping with the sudden loss of a loved one who died by suicide. The group usually meets on the last Tuesday of the month but check with the facilitator.

Call 574-314.5426 or emailing [email protected] to confirm the meeting date and time. 

american foundation for suicide prevention

Survivor Outreach Program (SOP)- You are not alone. AFSP offers resources to help loss survivors cope, connect, and heal in time. Our trained peer support volunteers are all suicide loss survivors who know firsthand how difficult it can be to find your way in the aftermath of a suicide. Upon request, they are available to speak with you by phone, by video call (Google Hangout, Skype, Facetime) or even in person (limited availability).

When you contact us to request a visit, we will ask you some questions about your loss so that we may match you with a suitable volunteer who has experienced a similar loss. Your peer support volunteer will contact you to schedule a visit at a convenient time and, in the case of in-person visits, at a comfortable location of your choice.

Please visit afsp.org/SOP and request a visit with a SOP Volunteer.

Local Outreach to Survivors of a Suicide (LOSS)

United Health Services - A team is available to meet with survivors in the days and weeks following the death of a loved one to suicide. We provide support and information on local resources.  Home visits can be arranged. 

Call 574-314-5426.