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Grief Support Groups

Emotion Matters for Avinger Funeral Home

There is so much to take care of after the death of a loved one. One of the first things to take care of is yourself. Please review the resources on emotional support provided by Avinger and partners in the community. You have the right to grieve your loss, and we would like to help you begin your healing in a safe place.


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Grief Support Services are offered in various settings through the region.  Private Counselors, Hospices, Churches, and Community Organizations may offer such services.  The following listing is not exhaustive; however, it may provide direction to support healing. At the end of this resource listing, websites for online grief support as well as virtual community support groups are included.

 

Grief Support Groups

 

Avinger Holly Hill 

Grief Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month beginning on July 20, 2021, from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM at Avinger Funeral Home.  Please contact Kristi for more information: cell: 843-560-2244; email synergyinternkjwillis@gmail.com

 

McAlister-Smith Goose Creek

Grief Support Group meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at the McAlister- Smith Goose Creek Location.  Please call Chaplain Tim at 843-553-2503.

 

McAlister-Smith-Mount Pleasant

Grief Support Group meets every other Thursday from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home.  Moderator: Caitlin Anderson.  Please call 843-608-1077or email synergyinternca@gmail.com. Additional information about the Mount Pleasant Grief Support Group or private counseling may be found at https://mycharlestontherapist.com/grief-support-group/.

 

Individual Counseling:

 

Elena Bell, LISW-CP, ACSW www.lifeandgrief.com  843-860-4363

 

Kasia Ciszewski, LPC  843-597-6497                      

                                                            

Holly Hill Family Health Center 803-531-6900

 

Hope for the Future Christian Counseling, LLC 801 Boone Hill Road Summerville 843- 940-7833

 

Life Resources www.myliferesources.com 843-884-3888

 

Mount Pleasant: 890 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Bldg. 3, Suite A

 

Summerville: 801 C Traveler’s Blvd

 

Lowcountry Pastoral Counseling  www.lowcountrypastoral.org   843-795-0238

 

Northwood Community Counseling Center www.northwoodbaptist.net   843-553-3281

 

OASIS Christian Counseling, Inc. 117 E Main St. Moncks Corner 843-486-2534

 

Synergy Counseling Services www.scs4help.com  1-800-552-4357

 

Locations are expanding throughout the region. Current offices are in the following areas:

                Goose Creek: 105 Central Avenue

                Mount Pleasant: 757 Johnnie Dodds Blvd

                North Charleston: 3521 Landmark Drive, Suite 142

                Summerville:  1710 Trolley Road, Suite E

                West Ashley: 4 Carriage Lane

 

Grief Support Groups for Adults

 

Please search www.griefshare.org  for support group listings throughout the Lowcountry area.  The groups are held at numerous churches in all areas for convenience.

 

Other support group options:

 

Goose Creek

St. Timothy’s Grief Support Group meets at 1:30 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Church.  Please call Intrepid Hospice at 843-553-2503

 

James Island

Please contact the Lowcountry Senior Center at 843-990-5555 or  LowcountrySeniorCenter@rsfh.com for more information

 

North Charleston Location

Hope & Healing – Grief Support Group – Meets each Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Trident H2U Building – 9304 Medical Plaza Drive North Charleston, SC.  Moderator: Sherry Teves. Please call 843-529-3100

 

West Ashley

“Living with Loss” meets at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM on the 1st Tuesday of each month at Bon Secours Pastoral Care Conference Room. Please call 843-402-3260.

Monthly Grief Support Group meets at 5:00 PM one Friday each month at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 5 St. Teresa Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.  Please call Lori Robinson at 843-556-0801 or email blessedac@bellsouth.net

 

Specialty Grief Support Groups

 

Survivors of Homicide Support Group

 

Survivors of Homicide Support Group – Meets second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on the first and third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in West Ashley, North Charleston, and downtown Charleston. Call for location: Charleston County Sheriff’s Office - Easter LaRoche at 843-745-2250; MUSC National Crime Victims Center – Alyssa Rheingold at 843-792-8209.

 

Families of Highway Fatalities

Families of Highway Fatalities – Peer support and periodic programs. Please call 803-896-7920. This group is sponsored by SC Department of Public Safety. www.scdps.gov

 

Grief Support Groups for Parents

Bereaved Parents of the USA (BPUSA) Meetings are held at the North Charleston City Hall. Please call 843-875-1148 or 843-870-9020.

 

Compassionate Friends –Support for parents, grandparents and adult siblings after the death of a child.

 

The Charleston chapter meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 1393 Miles Drive, Charleston, SC 29407. Please call Susan 843-763-6362 or 843-708-1360. A yearly worldwide candle lighting service is held each December.

 

The Summerville chapter meets the third Monday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 119-B W. Luke Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483. Please call Becky Sharpe 770-568-9718; tcfsummerville@outlook.com.

 

Charleston GRASP (Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing) www.grasphelp.org  There are 2 meeting locations:

 

The West Ashley group meets at 6 m on the 1st Tuesday of each month at Seacoast West Ashley (2049 Savannah Highway)

 

The North Charleston location meets at 1 Pm on the 3rd Saturday of each month at Unity Church (2535 Leeds Avenue)

 

Please contact: Joette Schulte at 828-216-0562 or Charlotte Schulte at 828-280-3514 or charlestongrasp@gmail.com

 

Tender Memories Perinatal Loss Support Group helps men and women deal with grief and depression they feel after losing a pregnancy. This free group, led by obstetric nurses trained in pregnancy bereavement issues, meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Prenatal Wellness Center, 135 Cannon Street, Suite 202, in Charleston, SC. Please call 843-792-6395 for more information.

 

Grief Support Groups for Children & Adolescents    www.bridgessc.org

 

Shannon’s Hope – Weekend camp for ages 6 to 15 in Tri-county area. Spring and fall sessions are held at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island. Call Bridges for End-of-Life for information at 843-216-7323.

 

The Family Day Camp- Families in our Stepping Stones Program gather to share a meal, celebrate progress, learn additional coping skills, connect with peer families, and have fun. Siblings, extended family & anyone that is part of the participating child’s support network is welcome to attend.

 

The Sand Dollar Club -an in-school grief support group for elementary and middle school students in the Charleston County area. Bridges’ facilitators work with school partners to provide a 12-week grief program. The facilitators meet weekly with groups of 4-6 students in the schools to discuss grief and their emotions surrounding the loss of a loved one, develop coping skills, foster peer support, and build self-esteem and resilience.  Please visit www.bridgessc.org/project/sand-dollar-club/

 

Suicide Prevention & Suicide Resources

 

1-800-273-8255 – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 

1-800-784-2433 – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/Veterans Crisis Line

 

Survivors of Suicide Support Group meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Heartland of West Ashley, 1137 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. Please contact Charlotte Anderson, 843-693-1343.

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention www.afsp.org

 

Websites that provide virtual support via online grief support groups, community support groups, email support groups, etc. include:

 

www.healgrief.com  For those aged 18-25, it is reported that 1 out of 3 young adults are actively grieving. Healgrief, a 501c3 organization, provides resource information, an app for messaging, as well as facilitated virtual support groups that are moderated by professionals.  In light of COVID-19, the age limit has been adjusted to 18-30 year olds.

 

www.griefnet.org This internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, trauma and major loss has over 50 email support groups for specific grief situations.

 

www.griefhealingblog.com  Launched in October 2009, the content of the Grief Healing Blog is aimed at professional and family care-givers who serve the needs of anyone anticipating or coping with significant loss, including animal lovers, the elderly, the seriously ill and dying, and those who are living with disabilities. This blog is designed and intended to share any useful, accurate and reliable information about care giving, loss, grief and transition, whether it is found on the Internet or written by the author herself. For more information, visit:https://www.griefhealingblog.com/p/about-grief-healing.html . To further support the path to healing, Marty has created online discussions groups that can be joined at: www.griefhealingdiscussiongroups.com

 

www.griefresourcenetwork.comThe Grief Resource Network features the entire spectrum of services, assistance, comfort and guidance for those who are suffering from the loss of a loved one. Some specific areas include government resources, crisis relief assistance, meetings/events, regional service providers, grief related research studies/data as well as book and movie recommendations. We are a network created by grieving people, for grieving people.

 

www.opentohope.com is an online community offering inspirational stories of loss, hope, and recovery. Their mission is centered in the belief that hope is the bridge between loss and recovery. The website provides Open to Hope articles, Open to Hope podcasts, Open to Hope TV episodes, Open to Hope book information and Open to Hope author information.

 

www.aftertalk.com AfterTalk is an online grief support site offering interactive tools and blogs to assist with the grieving process. Helpful resources include media—books, articles, DVDs and other web sites—to personal attention from the most compassionate and insightful grief counselors known. Also, introductions to practical "life matters" advisors, who can help navigate what might be unfamiliar new paths—how finances and estate matters change after a loss, how to adjust to a new social situation.

 

www.dailystrength.org   this site provides online support groups as well as community support groups.

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