The Compassionate Friends (TCF) Resources

  
 
Contact our chapter at tcfrva@hotmail.com to request a brochure:
  • Understanding Grief When Your Child Dies
  • The Grief of Step Parents
  • Caring for Surviving Children
  • Parents Who Are Now Childless
  • Stillbirth, Miscarriage and Infant Death
  • Surviving Your Child’s Suicide
  • When a Child Dies from a Substance Related Cause
  • Sudden Death of a Child
  • Death of an Adult Child
  • Death of a Special Needs Child
  • When Your Child Dies by Homicide
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Crisis Hotline Information
 
 
Local and National Resources

ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation
Monthly drop-in support group for parents of children whose death was caused by cancer. Second Wednesday at 7 pm. ASK Offices: 5211 W. Broad Street, Richmond. Contact: Karla Helbert, LPC and bereaved parent at 892-2782
 
Bon Secours Bereavement Center
Provides a centralized resources for therapeutic intervention, as well as resources for grief education. The center serves families who have lost a loved one through their hospice program or other Bon Secours entity, and community referrals are seen as they are able. Serves all ethnic, cultural, and religious communities. Services include: individual counseling, grief workshops, support groups and resources and referrals to grief professionals. Specialty grief support groups include young adults, LGBT, Spanish-speaking and mind-body-art. 433-4710 or email: bereavement@bshsi.org
 
Bryan’s Oasis
Retreat cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains for grieving parents, hosted by Hank and Peggy Graeser to offer rest and hospitality; graeserh@comcast.net
 
Comfort Zone Camp
Free bereavement camps for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary care-giver. Camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Camps are held year-round across the country (ages 7-17) and an annual young adult camp (ages 18-25). Local seven-week support groups for children, teens and adults. Call 377-3430 or http://www.comfortzonecamp.org
 
Crater Community Hospice
Six-week adult support groups in Petersburg, Chesterfield and surrounding counties; 526-4300 or http://www.cratercommunityhospice.org
 
Full Circle Grief Center
Non-profit organization provides grief counseling support and educational resources to those in the community grieving the loss of a loved one. Offers a range of programs, all led by professional counselors and social workers, including Hands On Healing bereavement groups for families and specialty groups for adults and children who have experienced a suicide, homicide or perinatal death. 912-2947 or www.fullcirclegc.org
 
Grief Net
Online community providing chat groups for all losses.www.griefnet.org
 
Grief Share
Twelve-week Christian video series with discussion groups at local churches; find locations at: http://www.griefshare.org/
 
Hello Grief
Discusses the impact of loss, ways to help grieving persons cope, and building community of support for those living with grief; teen-friendly; co-sponsored by Comfort Zone Camp.  www.hellogrief.org
 
Johnston Willis Hospital
Monthly bereavement support group; second Tuesday from 11:30 am – 1 pm at the Hawthorne Cancer Resource Center in Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital/Johnston-Willis Campus; 330-2136 or Sandra.Tan@HCAhealthcare.com
 
Modern Loss
A candid conversation about grief, blog for young adults. http://www.modernloss.com/
 
 
 
 
National Alliance for Grieving Children
Promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them. http://www.childrengrieve.org/
 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Offered in thousands of communities across America, NAMI State Organizations and NAMI have over 50 e-mail grief support groups and two websites. Integrated approach to online grief support. http://www.nami.org/
 
Noah’s Children (Pediatric Hospice with Bon Secours)
Monthly grief education workshops led by a professional counselor; for parents who have experienced the death of a child; 513-2533 or Beth_Smith@bshsi.org
 
Open to Hope
TCF national has a partnership with Open to Hope, a non-profit foundation with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. There are articles, webinars, TV programs, radio shows and much more. It is all free. www.opentohope.com
 
Richmond Hill
Monthly drop-in support group; fourth Friday from 10 – 11:30 am; occasional day-long grief retreats; Church Hill area; contact Sandy Gramling at 783-7903 or www.richmondhillva.org
 
Sisters of Hope
A group of bereaved Christian moms gathering to offer support, encouragement, and hope; monthly support group on the second Tuesday from 7-8:30 pm at Village Church, 233 N. Courthouse Rd., North Chesterfield. Coming soon: daytime meetings and Day of Hope conference planned for October 22, 2016. Contact Jeannette Taylor at 610-380-1364 or http://www.sistersofhope-richmond.com/
 
The National Alliance for Grieving Children
Promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them. http://www.childrengrieve.org/
 
The Grief Toolbox
Resources to help with grief. http://www.thegrieftoolbox.com/
 
The Sibling Connection
Provides, chats, articles, bibliography, etc. for sibling loss of all ages.
 
What’s Your Grief
Promotes grief education, exploration and education in both practical and create ways; by presenters Eleanor Haley and Lisa Williams.  
 
 
Suicide Loss
 
Full Circle Grief Center
Eight-week grief support groups for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one by suicide; facilitated by counselors. Contact Maryse at 912-2947; http://www.fullcirclegc.org/
 
Survivors of Suicide
Monthly support group, fourth Thursday from7-9 pm at CJW Hospital-Chippenham. To register, contact Mary Lou Marple from Morrissett at 275-7828.
 
Survivors of Suicide Loss
Monthly support group, third Thursday from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Pusey House, 2705 Park Ave., Richmond. RSVP to peer facilitator Ren Bell 548-6670 at First Baptist. All are welcome. soslrva@wordpress.com
 
Survivors of Suicide Loss Group (NAMI)
Monthly support group, first Thursday at 7 pm, Monument Heights Baptist Church. Contact Kathy at 285-1749
 
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
 
 
Miscarriage, Stillbirth, Infant Loss

Full Circle Grief Center 
Eight-week grief sup[port groups for parents who are grieving the death of a baby due to late term pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or prematurity; facilitated by counselors with concurrent remembrance program for children; contact Melissa at 912-2947, http://www.fullcirclegc.org/
 
M.I.S.S. Foundation – Early Miscarriage
For women seeking support after the loss of a baby in early pregnancy; first Wednesday from 6:30-8 pm at Healing Circle Grief Counseling Office;
M.I.S.S. Foundation: http://www.missfoundation.org/
 
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group
Monthly support group for parents and adult family members grieving the loss of a baby; first Thursday from 6:45 – 7:45 pm at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital – Forest Medical Plaza; 977-5872, Anna.Regan@HCAHealthCare.com
 
SIDS 
Support and information following the death of a child from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
 
SIDS Alliance
Provides information concerning Sudden Infant Death Syndrome http://www.sidsalliance.org/
 
Still Standing Magazine (online)
In the face of loss and infertility, their mission is to show the work that they are still standing and to embrace life for everything that it is after experiencing the loss of a child to infertility. Connects those who have experienced this loss and is a resource for friends, family, and medical professionals to know how to support someone enduring child loss and/or infertility. http://www.stillstandingmag.com/
 
 
Homicide Loss
 
Richmond Homicide Support
For those who have lost someone by homicide or a violent death. First Wednesday from 6-7 pm at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Street, Richmond; children’s programs; contact Officer McClarin at 646-6754 or Elaine Minor at 912-2947, ext. 110. 
 
Parents of Murdered Children
 
 
 
TCF’s Closed Facebook Groups are open 24/7/365 and provide online support. There are groups for parents, siblings, grandparents, stepparents, the newly bereaved, etc., and groups specific to your loss (substance abuse, suicide, cancer, long-term illness, drunk/impaired driver, homicide, mental illness, special needs child, toddler, only child, stillborn or miscarriage, stepchild, infant or toddler, etc.).
 
TCF’s Online Support Community offers "virtual chapters" through an Online Support Community (live chats). This program was established to encourage connecting and sharing among parents, grandparents, and siblings (over the age of 18) grieving the death of a child. The rooms supply support, encouragement, and friendship. The friendly atmosphere encourages conversation among friends; friends who understand the emotions you're experiencing. There are general bereavement sessions as well as more specific sessions.
 
 

 

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