Bereavement Support Groups

Local Bereavement Groups

Bereavement Support Group for Family & Friends

Grief is hard work! Grief often depletes the griever physically as well as emotionally (and cognitively, spiritually and socially). Tending to oneself after the loss of a loved one creates a place and space for your grief. A grief support group provides the opportunity to share your loss with others while receiving care, support and tools to adapt to your loss.

Carmela S. McDowell, MSW, LSW will be facilitating a grief support group for those who have experienced loss within the past year. Carmela comes to May Funeral Home having retired from a community health system where she oversaw the bereavement program responsible for thousands of bereaved during her career. She has provided individual grief support as well as bereavement care in group support settings,
workshops and memorial programs.


PROGRAM WILL BE HELD ALTERNATING TUESDAYS, 6:30-8:00 PM beginning March 28 through June 6, 2023 at St. Luke’s Chapel House located at 2330 Fairhill Avenue, Glenside, PA.  Registration is required.


For more information or to register for a session you can reach Carmella at 215.805.3165 or by email csmbereavement@gmail.com

Abington Memorial Hospital

1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001 Bereavement Support Groups: Meeting times vary. For information call John Olsen
(p) (215) 481-2700 or call Carmela McDowell
(p) (215) 441-6841.

Safe Harbor Program: Support groups for children, teens, and young adults. Meeting times vary. For information call (215) 481-5983.

Abington Presbyterian Church

1082 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001 Bereavement Support Group meets October through May from 7-8:30 pm in Room 108. For Information and registration call Rev. Christine Bruce
(p) (215) 620-8091

Compassionate Friends

Grace Presbyterian Church, Old York and Vista Roads, Jenkintown, PA Bereavement Support Group for parents (and siblings) grieving the death of a child. Meets 1st Monday of each month at 7:30 pm.
(p) (215) 643-8531

Counseling Network for Loss & Transition, Deborah K. Gawthrop, M.S., G.M.S.

Mailing Address: 805 Karen's Court North Wales, PA 19454 Offices in Ambler & North East Philadelphia Five support groups in the tri-county area for adults and widows and widowers.
(p) (215) 624-8190

Families of Murder Victims

Meeting locations, dates, and times vary. Please call for more information.
(p) (215) 686-8078
(p) (215) 686-8033

Family Lives on Foundation

747 Constitution Drive Suite 105 Exton, PA 19341 Discover an organization that brings comfort to children and teens by keeping alive a tradition of simple pleasure they shared with their recently deceased parent. For more information please call.
(p) (610) 458-1690

GRASP (Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing)

Eastern Montgomery County Chapter Second Friday of every month from 7 to 8:30PM Location: Horsham Clinic, Conference Center 722 Butler Ave. Ambler, PA 19002 For more information call Ginny Murray
(p) (215) 884-3916

Holy Martyrs Church

120 Allison Road, Oreland, PA Bereavement Support Group: Meeting times vary. For information call Doris Duncheskie.
(p) (215) 885-4318

Holy Redeemer Hospice and Home Care

Holy Redeemer Senior Health Center, 8580 Verree Road, Philadelphia General Bereavement Support Group for those grieving the death of a loved one from a terminal illness. Meeting times vary.
(p) (215) 856-1215

Holy Redeemer Hospital & Medical Center

Offers a Bereavement Support Group for those who have experienced he loss of a loved one within the past two years, meets 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in Conference Room 1. Interested individuals should call to obtain further information. *Registration is required, if attending for the first time.
(p) (800) 818.4747

Keystone Hospice

8765 Stenton Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA 19038 Beravement Support Groups: Meeting times vary. For information and registration call Christine Pugh.
(p) (215) 836-2440

Parents of Murdered Children

Center for Loss and Bereavement, 3847 Skippack Pike, Skippack, PA National helping organization which is specifically for the survivors of homicide victims. Support group is for parents and families who have lost loved ones through murder. Chapter meets 1st Sunday of each month. For information please call.
(p) (610) 222-4100

Sudden Infant Death Center

Thomas Jefferson University, 834 Chestnut Street, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA For more information about this support group please contact Carol Ann Morrison
(p) (215) 955-1400 | ext. 01 (p) 1 (800) 221-7437


Survivors of Suicide

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2131 Palomino Drive, Warrington, PA Bereavement Support Group: Meets 2nd Tuesday from 7:30-9:30 pm. For information call Nancy Heacock.
(p) (215)  545-2242

Toward Tomorrow

Gift of Life Donor Program 401 N. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19123 (800) 366-6771 Bereavement support for families of organ and tissue donors.

Unite, Inc.

Holy Redeemer Hospital, 521 Moredon Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA Bereavement Support Groups following the loss of a baby, including miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and infant death. Group meets 3rd Thursday, 7-9 pm. For information call UNITE.
(p) (215) 728-3777
(p) 1 (888) 48UNITE

Our Locations

Laura May Haggerty, Supervisor
354 North Easton Road
(at Keswick Avenue)
Glenside, PA 19038
Phone: 215.884.8410
Fax: 215.884.4810
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Timothy P. McLoone, Supervisor
142 North Main Street
(at Elm Avenue)
North Wales, PA 19454
Phone: 215.699.3442
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