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.

Grief Support Services are offered in various settings throughout 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.


Grief Support Groups conducted at McAlister-Smith locations:


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.


Mount Pleasant Location


Grief Support Group meets each Thursday from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home.  Moderator: Kasia Ciszewski.  Please call 843-597-6497 or  email kasia@mycharlestontherapist.com

Additional information regarding the Mount Pleasant Grief Support Group or private counseling with Kasia may be found at  https://mycharlestontherapist.com/grief-support-group/



Individual Counseling:


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


Holly Hill Family Health Center 803-531-6900


Hope for the Future Christian Counseling, LLC 801 Boone Hill Road Summerville, South Carolina 29483 (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 http://www.northwoodbaptist.net  843-553-3281


OASIS Christian Counseling, Inc. 117 E Main St Moncks Corner, South Carolina 29461 (843) 486-2534


Orangeburg County Center for Mental Health 803-496-3410


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


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


“Moving on After Change” meets each Thursday at the Lowcountry Senior Center from 9:00 AM -10:30 AM.  Moderator: Elise Freeman.  Please call 843-990-5555.


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 the 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 the 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


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


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


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