Death of a spouse
A Widow's Walk - Support Group for Widows and Widowers. A small Christian group of widows and widowers who gather every other week to share fellowship, stories, laughter and tears. It is sponsored by Next Level Church; members and non-members of the church are welcome. They meet just beyond Matthews in a local coffee shop on the first and third Thursday of every month at 6:30pm. Visit the website to read more and to contact the leader for details about time and location. http://nextlevelchurch.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=74 (updated 9/22/2014) [report error]
Bereavement Support Group (cancer-related) (Novant Health BK). This group not only has mutual emotional support, but also help for people to identify where they are in the grief process and learn tools to cope. They meet every Wednesday at 7pm. Please note that there is another group with the same name but is for those who have lost someone to any cause. Call Novant Health Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center at 704-384-5223 Mon-Fri 8:30a-4:30p. http://www.novanthealth.org/presbyterian-medical-center/services/cancer/programs-classes--events.aspx (updated 4/27/2014) [report error]
GriefShare. This national Bibically-based, Christian nonprofit helps churches all over the USA establish grief related resource programs such as support groups, video seminars with experts, and a workbook-based personal study. Use their site to find a local group. No phone contacts are available for this group. http://www.griefshare.org/findagroup (updated 4/27/2014) [report error]
Grieving the Loss of a Spouse - St. Matthew [formerly Healing Hearts]. Warm supportive informal group providing a place to get together for anyone who has lost a spouse. The predominat age of members is 60s and 70s. The group is open to all denominations. Call the church office at 704-543-7677 Monday through Friday 9am-5pm or Sr. Marie, the group leader, at 704-543-7677 ext 1073 Mon-Wed from 9am-5pm. http://www.stmatthewcatholic.org/support/support-groups/ (updated 4/24/2014) [report error]
HUGS (Healing and Understanding of Grief from Suicide). Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month from 7pm-9pm, this group provides healing, understanding, group support, and education for people who have lost a family member or friend to suicide. Before attending your first meeting, please call to register with the leader and confirm meeting time and location. Call Alice, a group leader, at 704-541-9011 any day 9am-6pm. (updated 4/15/2014) [report error]
Living After Suicide (of a loved one). If you have lost someone to suicide, you should know that you are not alone. This group meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the living room at Solomon House in Huntersville from 7:00pm-8:30pm. The meetings provide members with a chance to share emotional support, let out grief with those who really understand, and get help putting one foot in front of the other. For details you may email Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call if you prefer to talk with the leader (Karen) at 704-907-3148. http://livingaftersuicide.info (updated 4/29/2014) [report error]
Men's Bereavement Group (widowers) at St. Matthew. A safe, comfortable and friendly place for men who have had a significant loss. Most of the members have lost a spouse, they welcome men with any loss. They create a place away from the real world where men will find others who have travelled the same path and who understand. They meet weekly at St. Matthew in the evening. Call the groups leader at 704-243-6132 Monday through Friday 9am-5pm or the church office at 704-543-7677 Monday through Friday 9am-5pm. http://stmatthewcatholic.org/support/support-groups (updated 4/24/2014 using incomplete data*) [report error]
Soul Widows Support Group. This group is for young widows, age 60 or younger, who have experienced the loss of their spouse or significant other. They provide an intimate space for a group of women to share their grief through speaking and listening to each others stories. The meetings allow each widow the chance to be heard, and to feel supported in a safe and supportive environment. The sponsoring organization (The Respite) also has other classes and groups relating to any type of bereavement and loss. Call Elizabeth, the groups leader, at 910-987-4069 Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. http://www.meetup.com/Soul-Widows/ (updated 5/16/2014) [report error]
Young Widows and Widowers Group [under 55] at St. Gabriel. A gathering of men and women who have lost spouses. This meeting is especially for people under 55 (or so) and concentrates on issues common to a younger age group. The group meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday in the early evening. Call Sr. Marie, the group leader, at 704-543-7677 ext 1073 Mon-Wed from 9am-5pm. (updated 4/24/2014) [report error]
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"No one every told me that grief felt so like fear."
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