5 Northeast Ohio Grief and Bereavement Support Groups

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Alecia Milano
Posted by Alecia Milano on April 23, 2019

When grieving the loss of a loved one, whether it is a parent, child, spouse or friend, everyone copes differently.

Grief and loss can be difficult to work through on your own, which is why many find comfort and hope in the grief support and counseling groups located throughout Northeast Ohio.

Grief support groups, like the five we’ve listed below, help individuals learn healthy ways to cope while memorializing their loved ones.


1. Cornerstone of Hope

Cornerstone of Hope is a grief and counseling support center located in Cleveland and offers quality group grief and support groups for grieving children, teens and adults in a comforting, home-like setting.

After the loss of their three-year-old son, Bobby, Mark and Christi Tripodi struggled finding quality community grief support and began searching across the country for a solution that worked for them. They ultimately found the right support and became inspired. In 2003, they made it their mission to offer the same compassion to those grieving and founded Cornerstone of Hope.


Cleveland Contact Information

(216) 524-HOPE




Columbus Contact Information

(614) 824-4285




2. Joel’s Place for Children

Joel’s Place for Children is a nonprofit organization located in Bay Village that offers grief and support services for children and teens, and their families. Joel’s Place believes children heal when they are able to cope with other grieving children in a supportive group setting.

The organization also offers support groups for adults who are caring for a grieving child and educates them on the best ways they can help children move through the grieving process.


Contact Information

(440) 248-4412




3. Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve is an end-of-life support and caregiver organization in Cleveland that also provides bereavement and grief counseling. The organization offers a variety of groups and counseling series, including art therapy classes, children and family support groups, and more.


Contact Information

Phone: (216) 383-2222 (Main)


The Elisabeth Severence Prentiss Bereavement Center (Cleveland)


HMC The Robertson Bereavement Center (Medina)

1 (800) 700-4771


4. Kelly’s Grief Center

Kelly’s Grief Center is a nonprofit grief counseling and support organization in Kent. The organization offers one-on-one and group support services for those grieving the loss of a loved one, including adults, teens and children. Kelly’s Grief Center also offers a variety of therapy and support services, ranging from loss of a parent, spouse or child, as well as suicide and accidental overdose loss.

Similar to Cornerstone for Hope, Kelly’s Grief Center was founded by Bob and Cathy Reeves after the loss of their daughter, Kelly, when she was just over a year old.


Contact Information

(330) 593-5959




5. The GriefCare Place

The GriefCare Place, located in Stow, offers peer-led grief support groups and programs for adults, teens and children. The GriefCare place operates on the belief that people can heal together in a safe, comforting group setting.

The organization offers eight grief support groups each month—including Widowed Women and Men, After Suicide, Bereaved Parents and more—as well as special grief-related programs throughout the year. No registration is required for any of the grief support groups, and all programs are free of charge. 


Contact Information

(330) 686-1750




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