Bereavement/Support Groups

Bereavement Groups from Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region
HPCCR sponsors free and sliding scale facilitated groups in a variety of areas of Charlotte, Pineville, and Davidson for people who have lost a loved one (adult or child) to any cause. For more information on the groups, call HPCCR at 704/375-0100 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about groups and other hospice services in Lincoln County, call Chaplain Carol Lawler at Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County (704/732-6146).

Bereavement Support Groups (sponsored by Novant Health Hospice & Supportive Care)
This organization sponsors free counseling and support groups for anyone dealing with the death of a loved one or friend.  They offer ongoing weekly morning/evening groups for any adult who has lost a family member or close friend to any cause. Novant Health Hospice & Supportive Care is located at 324 North McDowell Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28204. They can be reached via phone at (704) 384-6478 and via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Here are the locations, days, and times as of August 2015:

     Novant Health Hospice, 324 North McDowell St. #200, Charlotte, NC 28204:                                                                                                                                1st and 3rd Fridays of each month (except for major holidays), 10:00AM-11:30AM
     Huntersville Medical Center in the Interfaith Chapel, 10030 Gilead Road, Huntersville, NC 28078:                                                                                                      1st and 3rd Mondays of each month (except for major holidays), 6:00PM-7:30PM
     Levine Senior Center (Matthews area), 1050 Devore Drive, Matthews, NC 28105:                                                                                                                                  2nd and 4th Fridays of each month (except for major holidays): 10:00AM-11:30AM
     Levine Senior Center (Matthews area), 1050 Devore Drive, Matthews, NC 28105:                                                                                                                        2nd and 4th Mondays of each month (except for major holidays): 5:00PM-6:30PM

Novant Health Hospice & Supportive Care also provides individual or family grief counseling (by appointment) at no cost to the client for up to 13 months. Those interested may call (704) 384-6478 and ask to speak with a grief counselor to schedule an appointment.

Footprints
This group schedule includes a variety of activities which sometimes contains a support group.  Their focus is both on the loss of a child as well as other family members.  They also start and run a GriefShare course for folks who have lost anyone close to them as well as individual encouragement.  The Footprints newsletter is worth reading.  For individual assistance or more info, Call Jerry at 704/509-6603 any day 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Grief Share
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

Grief Support Groups at Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCR)
This hospice sponsors a variety of free, informal support groups meeting in Eastover, south Charlotte, Huntersville, and Lincolnton.  They also have structured groups which are closed and follow a curriculum. Call for Charlotte groups at 704-375-0100 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm; ask for Spiritual and Grief Care or for Lincoln County groups at 704-887-6437 Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm. http://www.hpccr.org 


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/ 



Healing Hearts – St. Gabriel
A group which gives people an opportunity to understand and work through the grief of the loss of a spouse.  Meetings are open to all denominations; to learn more, call Sister Marie (at St. Matthew) at 704/543-7677 Monday through Friday from 9-4

Healing Hearts – St. Matthew
A warm supportive group providing a place to get together for anyone who has lost a spouse. Meetings are open to all denominations; for info about their montly lunchtime meetings, call Sister Marie at St. Matthew Catholic Church at 704/543-7677 ext. 1043 weekdays 9-4

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.  

Kinder-Mourn
These folks provide a wide variety of services on a sliding scale for children and adults who have lost a family member or friend.  These services include groups and individual counseling for parents who have lost children of all and any ages (including during and after pregnancy) and for children through young adults who are grieving the death of a family member or friend.  There are no limits to which the manner that the person died.  Call 376-2580 Monday through Thursday 9-5 or Friday 9-3 for details; their address is 1320 Harding Place, Charlotte, NC 28204; at www.kindermourn.org

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call if you prefer to talk with the leader (Karen) at 704-907-3148. http://livingaftersuicide.info 



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 

Pet Grief Support Group
This free monthly group is for anyone who is grieving the loss of a pet. It is facilitated by Wesley Sturgis, a bereavement counselor with Novant Health; veterinarian, Ginny Dodd is there to assist with medical questions. They meet on the second Thursday from 7:00PM to 8:30PM at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 West 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. Enter on 7th Street. Bring your parking ticket from the TransAmerica parking deck to validate it for free parking. Call to confirm meeting time and location at 704-293-3847 Mon-Fri 4pm-6pm (best time to reach Dr. Dodd). http://www.petgriefsupportgroupnc.com

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/

United Way 2-1-1 (Information and Referral Service)
This service provides comprehensive data and referral assistance for nonprofit and government resources in the NC counties of Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, and Anson counties and in or near the city of Mooresville, NC.  If you are calling on a landline or residential phone in one of those counties, dial 2-1-1.  If that fails, if you are calling on a cell phone, or if you are calling from anywhere else in NC, call 866/744-7778.  For calls from out of NC, use their local number of 704/377-1100. Although they are open 24 hours a day, you may wish to call weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for non-emergency questions.

Young Widows and Widowers Support Group [under 55] at St. Gabriel
An informal 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 and is open to all denominations. Call Sister Marie, the group leader, at 704-543-7677 ext 1073 Mon-Wed from 9am-4pm.