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Group Meetings

Good Shepherd Hospice Living with Loss Group
The grieving process is a journey. If that journey is proving to be a struggle for you, please join us for our Living with Loss group facilitated by professional bereavement counselors.  

Meetings are from 6-7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of the month at the:

Good Shepherd Hospice Lenexa Office
11253 Strang Line Road

or the third Tuesday of the month at:
St. John's Church
6900 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO

All are welcome. For more information, contact: Robin Ewy, Bereavement Coordinator, 816-822-2292 

Grief Support Group
Meets every Monday, 6pm - 7:30pm   *Except Holidays, Quarterly Workshop Days, and Inclement Weather

Grief Management & Compassion Ministry
Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church

2310 E, Linwood Blvd, KCMO
(816) 923-3689

Closed Grieving Group
For 5 individuals who have lost someone close.
Meet weekly for 6 weeks:
Evenings 6:30-8 pm Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evening depending on group needs.
$30/session, $150 up front for all 6 sessions or pay as you go.

Contact: Martha Childers  [email protected] 816-892-0803

Grief Share Support Group
Wednesday evenings, 6:30PM to 8:00PM

South Haven Baptist Church
16800 Bel Ray Court
Belton, MO  64012

Led by Barbara Saunders of Asera Care Hospice, Call (816) 880-3900 for more information.

Tomahawk Ridge Community Grief Group
Crossroads Hospice offers support groups for families and caregivers to help move beyond grief and heal emotionally.  By participating in this program, you will learn about natural reactions to loss, what grief is, and how different people respond to it.  Most find it comforting to know they are not on this new journey alone.
Every Thursday, 1PM - 2:30PM 

Tomahawk Ridge Community Center
11902 Lowell Boulevard
Overland Park, KS
Contact: Stella Ruiz - (913) 850-7520 

See flyer for more detail.

Bereavement Support Group
Various six week groups available.

Strangers Rest Baptist Church
2052 North 5th Street
Kansas City, KS  66101
Phone: (913) 371-7237
Email:  [email protected]
Or contact Harl Newton at (913) 342-1925

Crossroads Hospice
Crossroads offers multiple support group opportunities throughout a 100 mile radius.

Please contact Jennifer Edington for group locations.
Call : 816-268-2624 or 816-333-9200 or 1-888-603-6673

See flyer for more detail.

LIVING WITH LOSS: A HEALING JOURNEY -- for those impacted by cancer.

This 12-week program uses The Grief Recovery Institute® model which centers around the theme that grief is a natural response to loss and even though the pain at times can be unbearable, comfort can be found through connection with others. Each meeting is structured with a theme and exercises to take home to help you process through the pain.

For information or to get involved in any of these programs please call 816-531-5444 or visit

Kendallwood Hospice 
We have a monthly support group open to anyone who is in need of support or encouragement through the grief process or experiencing pre-bereavement issues. 

Riverside, MO
Please call Mary Herman 816-587-1000 for location and time.

Three Rivers Hospice
Every other Friday, 1:30 - 3:00PM

Liberty Community Center
Facilitated by Chaplain Becky Franklin
(816) 295-0544

St. Luke's Hospice
Monthly support groups.
Call for locations and time.

Linda Brown at (office) (816) 360-8008 or (pager) (816) 864-0936

Life after Loss
N. Kansas City Hospital - Northcare Hospice
Bereavement Dept. - (816) 691-5119

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Kansas City
Free monthly support groups for anyone who is grieving.
Kansas and Missouri locations.

Contact Daneale White at (913) 722-1631.

Grief Gathering
Dr. Harold Ivanm Smith

Begins Mondays at 6 PM, Six week groups
St. Luke's Hospital

To register, call nurse line at (816)932-6220. No charge.

Tri County Mental Health Family Support Groups

Various topics to help family members gain tools for supporting friends, family members, or loved ones.
Contact Lori Byl or Jaime Wehmeyer at (816) 468-0400.

First Wednesday of each month, 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

Suicide Awareness Survivor Support
(913) 681-3050
See Information Brochure.

Story Telling Groups

Limited to 15 individuals.

Starting 1/26/2009
St. Luke's on the Plaza
(816) 932-2180

Growing Through Grief
Five week series - Spring, Fall, and Winter

Village Presbyterian Church
(913) 671-2327

Grief Support Group
Grace Hospice
Third Monday night of each month, starts at 6:15PM
Villa Ventura Retirement Community
121st and Wornall

Fountains at Greenbriar
Independence, MO
Second Tuesday night of each month, starts at 6:30PM

Please call the bereavement coordinator, Sandy Franzwa, prior to meeting to assure times: (816)444-4611

Curé of Ars Bereavement Ministry
Meets third Saturday morning of every month at 8:30
9401 Mission Rd
Leawood, KS  66206
(913) 649-2026

Catholic Community Healthcare
9720 W. 87th St.
Overland Park, KS
General counseling services available. Contact (913) 433-2100

Grief Share
DVD led grief support program over 13 sessions. Cost is $15 per person and includes workbook.
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, monthly at:

Timothy Lutheran Share
425 NW R.D. Mlze Rd
Blue Springs, MO

Contact Nancy Nowiszewski at (816) 228-5300.

Chat with Dorthe
Last Tuesday of every month, 2:00 to 3:00 PM.
Gardens at Barry Rd.

Please call Dorthe Lowrie at (816) 389-5454.
Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Five week support group offered three times a year.

Please contact:  [email protected]

Grief Support Group
Mondays, 10:00AM to 11:AM

Johnson County Community Health Center

Board room upper level
(660) 747-6121

Groves Community Hospice
A free bereavement support group open to anyone who is experiencing feelings of loss following the death of a friend, loved one, or coworker, whether or not their dear one received hospice care.

Call (816) 836-1096 for location and to make your reservation.

Kansas City Hospice House

Multiple grief groups available.
Tours given Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

12000 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO  64145
(816) 363-2600

Call (816) 941-1000 for more information about Kansas City Hospice.

Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene
Ongoing opportunities in coping with grief.
Grief Share Classes
Each Saturday
10:00AM to 11:30AM
11811 State Line Road
Kansas City, MO  Room 326

For more information, call Kathy Cagg at (816) 333-6444

General Services
Therese McKechnie, LSCSW
Specializing in grief and bereavement services.

11233 Nall Ave, Suite 100
Leawood, KS  66211
Phone: 913-362-0315
Fax: 913-362-0394

Hands of Hope Counseling and Support
Becky Franklin, M.Div.PC, PLPC
Specialty areas: Children's Loss/Stress, Identity Issues, Women's Issues, Grief/Bereavement, & Spiritual Questioning
2 North Main Street, Suite B
Liberty, MO  64068
(816) 678-3036

Mandy Wilde, MA, LCPC
Individual, Couple, or Family counseling for grief/loss
Turning Leaf Counseling
11011 King St, Suite 230
Overland Park, KS  66210
(913) 451-1377

Sheryl Wilde, M.S., LPC
Individual/Family counseling - Women & Children
5034 Mund Rd
Shawnee, KS  66218
(913) 439-1757

Village Presbyterian Church
Year round counseling, grief support groups, and respite care
67th and Mission
Prairie Village, KS
(913) 262-4200

Group Meetings

Hospice America
A valuable resource for grief information.

Sheffield Family Life Center
The Sheffield Family Life Center is a metropolitan, multi-racial church that sponsors two support groups. Those groups are Grief Share, a general grief support group, and Beside the Still Waters, a support group over trials and anxiety. For more information, write or call:

5900 Winner Rd
Kansas City, MO
(816) 241-4831

Journey of Hearts was designed to be a healing place with resources an support to help those on their personal journey of grief following a loss or a significant life change.

Web Healing
[email protected]

This page is meant to be a place where men and women can discuss, chat, or simply browse to understand and honor the many different paths to heal strong emotions.

GriefWorks BC
This website provides support for anyone who has suffered a loss. Children, Parents, Grandparents, Employees, and Friends.

Grief recovery for all bereaved. Chat rooms and scheduled support groups.

Grief Watch
For bereaved families and caregivers.

Growth House
No chat rooms, but links for: Hospice, Bereaved Families, Suicide, Helping Children Grief, Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Funeral Planning, and Gay/Lesbian Issues at the End of Life.

Grief Support Services
Forums on: Adult Loss of a Parent, Alcohol and Drug Addiction, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Facing a Live Threatening Illness or Disability, Suicide Survivors, Loss of a Same Sex Partner, Loss of a Spuse, Men's Grief, and General Grief - Also telephone support.

Sober Recovery
SoberRecovery lists hundreds of addiction treatment and alcoholism treatment resources in the U.S., Canada, and Overseas.

Book Recommendations: 
Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman (2006)