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Bereavement Support Groups

Gig Harbor, Washington

Burley Bible Church, 14687 Olympic Dr., SE, Port Orchard, WA 98367.  Contact Larry, (253) 381-7724. Barbara, (253) 858-6667 or Jo, (253) 857-7700, or email bj-anderson@hotmail.com. This is a 13-week program called GriefShare, a faith-based program, delivered by video presentation and a time of sharing. Groups meet on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The next session begins on September 9, 2018 and runs through December 16, 2018. The cost of the course materials is $15.00. There will be no meeting on November 18 because of the Surviving the Holidays presentation.

Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 7700 Skansie Ave. Contact Lisa, (253) 853-0279 or lvandoorne@chapelhillpc.org. The church offers GriefShare with the next session scheduled to begin on September 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm. The cost of course materials is $20.00. Please contact Lisa for more information.

Harbor Christian Center, Cheney Boys and Girls Club, 8502 Skansie Ave. Contact Shawn, chaplainshawn@comcast.net (253) 229-3390. This is an eight-week program called Grief Talk, a theologically and theoretically sound, eight-week group comprised of a brief talk followed by a time of sharing. Groups begin in April and October and are conducted on Sundays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. The next group begins on October 7, 2018. There is no charge for this program.

Harbor Covenant Church, 5601 Gustafson Dr. NW. Contact Sammi, (253) 851-8450 or sammi@harborcov.church. A 13-week GriefShare program is offered at a cost of $20.00 for the book. Meetings are 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, from October 3, 2018 through December 12, 2018, location to be determined. In addition, the church is offering a two-hour, no-cost seminar on October 20, 2018 from 9:30 to 11:30 am at Heron’s Key entitled, “Loss of a Spouse.” Contact Sammi for more information.

Haven of Rest Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Park, 8503 State Route 16 NW. Contact Martha (253) 851-9991 or martha@havenrest.com. This group meets from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Tuesdays and uses Alan Wolfelt’s Understanding Your Grief book and journal. Meetings are free, but participants should plan to purchase the book and journal.

St. Anthony Hospital, 11567 Canterwood Blvd NW. For questions or to RSVP, contact Chaplain Jo, (253) 530-2142 or kristennivling@chifranciscan.org. This group, The Path of Grief, meets for six consecutive Fridays from 10:00 am to noon, starting in mid-October. 

Tom Taylor Family YMCA, 10550 Harbor Hill Dr. Contact Stacy, (253) 534-7868 or sdatin@ymcapkc.org. The next group, Journey to a New Beginning After a Loss begins on October 15, 2018 and will continue through December 3, 2018. The group meets in the chapel at the YMCA on Mondays from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. The cost is $30.00 for members of the YMCA and $45.00 for others. In addition, the YMCA is adding a workshop called Creating Healing Rituals. It begins September 9th, 2018 and meets on Sunday afternoon/evening from 2:30 to 6:30. Contact Stacy for more information.

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The idea for this website originated from my work as a law enforcement chaplain and our pastoral care ministry in the church. It is too soon for people to begin dealing with their loss immediately following the death of a loved one. And when they are ready, pastors and chaplains have typically moved to other priorities. This site provides information about local groups available to assist the bereaved in reconciling with their loss.

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