Virginia Bereavement Support Groups



Provides grief support services and education for four age groups
Rainbows – for elementary children
Spectrum – for adolescents
Kaleidoscope – for college/adult
Prism – for parents and stepparents
For more information contact Jean Dilday at The Psychotherapy Center, 757-482-3805,

Chesapeake Widowed Persons Service
Contact Laurie Miller  757-545-4911
For surviving spouses.  Group meetings are held at 7:00pm in the Lifestyle Center of Chesapeake Reg. Medical Center, Open to all ages, sponsored by AARP.

Virginia Beach/Norfolk Widowed Persons Service
For surviving spouses of all ages.
Group meetings are held at 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church, 312 Kempsville Road, Norfolk. 
Virginia Beach:
Meetings are held on Thursday at 1:00pm at Virginia Beach Christian Church, Great Neck Road and Rosehill Drive. For more information, call 461-9457.


Empty Arms Support Group
Sentara Women’s Health Source, 713 Volvo Pkwy,
Chesapeake, VA 23320.

Contact: Ann Prescott at 757-545-2667.  A support group for those experiencing the loss of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or pregnancy loss and newborn loss.  Meets the 2nd and 4th Monday at 7:00-8:30 pm. each month.

The Parents' Group
Contact Betsy Koivisto at 757-286-5121.
Offers support for parents who have lost a child. 
Meetings held the 4th Monday of each month at Bayside Presbyterian Church 1400 Ewell Road, Va. Beach
from 7:30-9:00 pm.

Virginia SIDS Alliance
Tidewater Area:
contact:  Heather Kiegel
923-0367 or there's a tab which shows the meeting times.  It is usually updated 2 months out.  They normally meet in the Chesapeake Library.

American Guild for Infant Survival SIDS Support Group
301 Eastwood Cr., VA. Beach, VA 
Contact Scott or Eileen Hesseck at 757-463-3845 or Wade or Kim Sandlin at 499-0658 . 
Meetings are the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:30pm at 536 Aragona Blvd., VA. Beach.

Peace by Piece
For grieving children and teenagers, offered by Edmarc Hospice for Children in partnership with Jewish Family Services of Tidewater. 
Call 757-967-9251 or 1-800-668-0266.

Widowed Person Service
Open to all ages.  Hotline 757-461-9457.  Call for times & locations.
Young Widows or Widowers
For those who have lost their spouses early in life. No age limit. 
Call 757-468-2144 or 800-876-YWOW.


Hampton Roads Survivors of Suicide Support Group
For those who have experienced the death of a loved one by suicide. 
Contact Christine Gilchrist, LCSW, PC, Icc. at 3802 Poplar Hill Rd., Suite B, Chesapeake, VA 23321. Call 483-5111 to register before meeting.  Meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7-9 pm at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 4811 W. High St., Portsmouth, VA.

Bereavement Support Group - Williamsburg/Norge
For those individuals that have experienced a loss more than 2 months previously. 
Contact Allison Delaney at 757-253-1220.

New Beginnings at Williamsburg/Norge
A widow’s support group. 
Contact Julie Stanton at 757-258-5166. 
Meets the 4th Monday of the month at 4:00pm at Hospice House.

Parents Bereavement Support Group
Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, VA. 
For parents who have lost a child under the age of 21 years old at CHKD.  Held quarterly. 
Call for dates and times at 757-668-7129 or Chaplain’s office 668-8246 .


Share Support Group
Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, 150 Kingsley Lane,
Norfolk, VA 23505. 
Contact Nancy Goldman at 889-5300. 
For parents who have experienced the loss of a newborn, including stillbirth and miscarriage. 
Meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the cafeteria.

The SHARE Perinatal Loss Support Group
Mary Immaculate Hospital, 2 Bernadine Dr., Newport News, VA 23602.  Contact Sister Bernard at 886-6790. 
For parents who have experienced the loss of a newborn, including stillbirth and miscarriage. 
Meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00pm in the Ruth Belle Room of the hospital conference center. 

Compassionate Friends-Hampton Roads Chapter
Contact Maureen & Bill Harmon at 757-995-8161. 
For parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age.  Meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm at Kempsville Presbyterian Church, 805 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. 

Hospice House at Williamsburg/Norge
Compassionate Friends-For parents who have experienced the death of a child. 
Contact Julie Stanton at 757-253-1220. 
Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00pm at Hospice House.

St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church
1544 South Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake
Wednesday evenings 7:00 pm
Contact Mary Williams at 757-439-2590 or

Riverside Hospice – Newport News
2nd Thursday of each month 7:00pm until 8:30pm
4th Thursday of each month - 7:00pm until 8:30pm
Contact: Steve Brown at 757-594-2745


Central Area Support Groups

Compassionate Friends
St. Mathias Episcopal Church
Huguenot Road
Last Tuesday of each month at 7:15pm

Healing After Suicide
John Randolph Medical Center
1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7pm
Mary Krout – 804-458-3895

Bon Secours Hospice Richmond
8580 Magellan Parkway
Bldg. #4
Richmond, Virginia 23227
Ongoing groups
Bereavement Coordinator
804-627-5372 for information

Comfort Zone Camp
A fun and safe camp for grieving children
6606W. Broad St.
Suite 401
Richmond, VA   23230

Widowed Grief Group
603 Holly Grove Lane
Richmond, Virginia 23235
Elaine M.C. Nowinski

Bereaved Siblings
A support group for those who have lost a brother or sister.
Meets on an as needed basis. I am available during the week or weekend.
For more information and/or directions, please contact:
Emily Driscoll at 804-484-9494

Blue Ridge Hospice
Winchester, Virginia
Bereavement Dept. 540-313-9214
Visit the website for information.


Sisters of Hope

Richmond, VA

A group of bereaved Christian moms gathering to offer support, encouragement, and hope. Monthly support group on second Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Village Church

233 N. Courthouse Rd., N. Chesterfield, VA 23236

Peggy Graeser 804-301-4166


Grief and Loss Peer Support Group

Richmond Wellness Center

Each session we will complete a unique expressive arts project. All artistic ability levels are welcome and supplies are included. Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 October 9th-November 13th $25 Per Session. 

Sign up at

Questions or Concerns? Email


Compassionate Friends
RTS Bereavement Services
Counseling and support for bereaved parents.  Drop-In Grief Support Group 434-200-4501
Susan – 434-944-8458 Gail – 434-841-7336

Randolph Memorial Baptist Church
4246 South Amherst Hwy.
Madison, 24537
3rd Mon. of month 7:30-9:00pm
Surviving the Loss of a Spouse
C/O Heritage United Methodist Church 582 Leesville Road Lynchburg, VA  24504 
Contact: Ken and Joanne 434-385-6334.
Starts September 3, 2010 (Wednesday) for 6 weeks.

Widow to Widow
2 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month @ First Christian Church 3109 Rivermont Avenue Lynchburg, VA  24503
Contact: Alice Keys 434-385-8900

New Beginning Widowed Persons Support
C/O Carder-Tharp Funeral Home Bedford, VA Contact:
Kim Eckart 540-721-9375 or 540-586-3443.
3rd Wednesday at 12:00 pm at Olde Liberty Station (restaurant).

Journeys of Hope
Contact: Pamela Willoughby 540-587-6592
Crisis Line of Central Virginia
(Confidential crisis intervention and referral service)
Contact: 434-947-4357 or 1-888-947-9747 (outside local calling area)

Diane Nash – Coordinator
Joycelyn Arthur – 434-239-0543
Will begin March 24, 2010
Wed. 7:00-9:00pm for 6 weeks
Timberlake United Methodist Church
Lynchburg, VA  24504

Kids Haven: A center for grieving children
provides support for children (ages 3-18) and their families who are grieving the death of a loved one, meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Call (434) 845-4072.

RTS Bereavement Services Parents Support Group
For pregnancy and infant loss only.  Meet 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in private dining room (adjacent to cafeteria), Virginia Baptist Hospital. For more information, call Evelyn at (434)200-4568.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group
for adult family members and friends who are grieving the death by suicide of a loved one, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Call Vicki Sandifer at Mental Health Association of Central Virginia at (434)847-9055 to pre-register for this eight week long support group.


Adolescent Bereavement
Hospice of the Piedmont
Charlottesville, VA
Teens: Thursday 5:-6:30
Journey Program (ages 7-12): 5-6:15 pm
(434) 817-6900

Adult Bereavement
Hospice of the Piedmont
Charlottesville, VA
(434) 817-6900
1st Wednesday of the month, 6-8 pm


Compassionate Friends

Church of Our Savior

Rio Road

Charlottesville, VA 

Genny Smith (434) 973-8844

Margie Howell (434) 974-9314

Every 4th Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Living Objectives For Today – a support group for widows and widowers.  Meets at First Baptist Church, 735 Park Street, on fourth Thursday of each month at 11:00a.m. 
Contact Gretchen Edwards at (434) 296-6148.

Hospice of the Piedmont
Offers a variety of services and specialty groups for children, teens, & parents, different in different counties.


Grief and Loss Adult Support Group
Carilion Hospice Services – “Pathways”
Radford, VA & Pulaski, VA & New River Valley areas
Contact:  John LeMasters, Bereavement Coordinator 

Parents Grief Support Group
Pregnancy Resource Center of the New River Valley
Leann: 540-552-5556

Good Samaritan Hospice

“Living with Loss” program and grief support groups

Roanoke , VA

Contact:  Sandra Phillips  540-776-0198 or 1-888-466-7809 (outside Roanoke calling area)

Bereavement Support Group

(For those who have lost a spouse)

Beckley, WV

Contact: Melissa Thompson, Bereavement Coordinator


Gentle Shepherd Hospice

Grief Support Group—Roanoke  VA
Contact:  Kathy Barton  540-989-6265 or
1-800-789-0586 (outside Roanoke calling area)
Children and adult group in Roanoke
May be adult group in Lynchburg