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Grief Support Groups


People who have lost loved ones to suicide are often called "survivors". It is important to us that they receive the support and resources they need to grieve and heal without being stigmatized.

Some groups are led by a mental health professional and others by fellow survivors. We cannot endorse a particular group or guarantee that it will help you or fit your situation. However, it may be a good place to start your healing and learn what to expect along the way. Here is our list of Michigan cities with support groups for survivors of suicide loss.


Click on a named city below and the page should move to the correct listing.

Ann Arbor Escanaba Ironwood Muskegon St. Joseph
Big Rapids Farmington Hills Jackson Petoskey Taylor
Boyne City Flint Kalamazoo Pontiac Traverse City
Clinton Township Grand Rapids Lansing Port Huron
Coldwater Greenville Lapeer Saginaw
East Lansing Howell Monroe Sandusky

Group Leaders: Please email the Webmaster if you have additions (subject: support group addition) or corrections (subject: support group correction).

New Survivors: If you have never attended a support group meeting, we recommend that you speak with the contact person listed for your desired location first to learn more about the group and what to expect.


Ann Arbor

Survivors of Suicide
University of Michigan Turner Senior Resource Center (TSRC) * 2401 Plymouth Road * Ann Arbor, MI
Kim Ballard * 734.936.4855
2 Mtgs./Month: 2nd & 4th Thursday * 7:00-8:30 pm
Must be 18+ and pre-registration required


Suicide Loss
Ele's Place * 1582 Eisenhower Place * Ann Arbor, MI 48108 * elesplace.org * facebook
Peggy Galimberti * 734.929.6640 * annarborinfo@elesplace.org
Facilitator Type: Professional
4-5 Mtgs./Month: Monday evenings * Pre-registration required
This adult group is part of a weekly program for the parents of grieving children ages 3-18. The separate children's group addresses grief in general; it is not suicide-specific. A child must be enrolled before a parent can join the adult group.
This site also has a group for young adults ages 18-25.


Big Rapids

Survivors of Suicide
400 Perry Street * Big Rapids, MI 49307
Facilitator: Tangela Zielinski, LMSW * 231.796.7371 or 800.837.3630 * tzielins@hom.org
Facilitator Type: Professional
1 Mtg./Month: 2nd Monday * 5:30-7:00 pm
No charge


Boyne City

Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOS)
Sponsored by: The Suicide Prevention Workgroup from the Charlevoix-Emmet Human Services Coordinating Body (HSBC)
Meets at: Boyne Area Senior Center * 231.487.4825 * 411 E. Division St. * Boyne City, MI 49712
Facilitator Type: Professional & Peer
1 Mtg./Month: 1st Wednesday * 6:30-8:00 pm
No charge
Ages 17 and older * Call about services available to children under 17.


Clinton Township

Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
Macomb County Crisis Center * 43740 Groesbeck * Clinton Township, MI 48036
(moved from Chesterfield Township and Sterling Heights)
Jean Larch * 586.307.9100 * jean.larch@mccmh.net
Facilitator Type: Professional
2 Mtgs./Month: 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday * 7:00-9:00 pm
No charge
Call before attending first meeting. Bi-annual closed educational workshops also available.


Coldwater

Growing through Grief #1
Community Health Center of Branch County * 274 East Chicago Street, Conference Room A * Coldwater, MI 49036
Jennifer Nagel * 517.677.7032 * jennageluc@gmail.com
Facilitator Type: Peer
2-3 Mtgs./Month: Every other Thursday * 7:30-9:00 pm
No charge
Call for exact dates.


Growing through Grief #2
Community Health Center of Branch County * Conference Room A * 274 East Chicago Street * Coldwater, MI 49036
Jennifer Nagel * 517.677.7032 * jennageluc@gmail.com
Facilitator Type: Peer
2-3 Mtgs./Month: Every other Friday * 9:30-11:00 am
No charge
Call for exact dates.


East Lansing

Understanding Your Suicide Grief
1720 E. Grand River * East Lansing, MI 48823
Gwen Kapcia, LBSW * 517.482.1692 ext. 242 * Gwen.Kapcia@dignitymemorial.com
1 Mtg./Month: Last Thursday * 6:30-8:00 pm


Escanaba

Suicide Survivors
Central United Methodist Church * Conference Room * 322 South Lincoln Road * Escanaba, MI 49829
Rosemary Hakes * 906.789.3483 * counselingescanaba@charter.net
1 Mtg./Month: 2nd Tuesday * 5:00-6:30 pm
No charge


Suicide Loss
Bay College * J. Heirman Center, Room 961 * off Danforth Road * Escanaba, MI 49829
Rosemary Hakes * counselingescanaba@charter.net
1 Mtg./Month: 4th Thursday (not last) * 5:00-6:30 pm
Older adolescents and young adults


Farmington Hills

Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
Sponsored by: Lynch & Sons and Schrader-Howell Funeral Homes Michigan School of Professional Psychology (next to the Orchard Ridge Campus of OCC) * 26811 Orchard Lake Road * Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Brigid G. Lynch, MA, LPC, Grief Counselor * 248.330.2474 * bglynch13@aol.com
Facilitator Type: Professional
2 Mtgs./Month: 2nd and 4th Tuesday * 6:30-8:00 pm


Flint

Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties * 901 Chippewa Street * Flint, MI 48503
David Knapp * 810.232.9950 * givehope@ccsgc.org
Facilitator Type: Professional
Call for meeting schedule


Grand Rapids

West Michigan Survivors of Suicide
2548 Newberry S.E. * Kentwood, MI 49508
Meets at: Park Congregational Church * 10 Park Pl., N.E. (Ransom St. entrance) * Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Facilitator: Jim Sailors * 616.957.3466 or 616.204.9671
Facilitator Type: Peer
1 Mtg./Month: 2nd Thursday * 7:00-8:30 pm
No charge


Greenville

Survivors of Suicide Loss
Greenville Community Church * 6595 South Vining Road * Greenville, MI 48838
Connie Wright * 616.824.5130 * gregorsgirl@yahoo.com
Greg Wright * 616.894.0840 * gawright1981@gmail.com
Facilitator Type: Peer
1 Mtg./Week: Thursday * 7:00-8:00 pm


Howell

Surviving After Suicide
Sponsored by: Livingston Community Hospice
Meets at: St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital * Community Room 1-3 * 620 Byron Road * Howell, MI 48843
Diane Heinlein * 517.540.9037 * dehinlein@cmhliv.org
1 Mtg./Month: 1st Tuesday * 7:00-9:00 pm
No charge


Ironwood

Survivors of Suicide
308 E. Tamarack * Ironwood, MI 49009
Meets at: Zion Lutheran Church-Basement * Ironwood
Pat Gallinagh * 906.932.5718 * dpat@chartermi.net
1 Mtg. Every Other Month
Call for exact dates.


Jackson

Allegiance Hospice
Immanuel Lutheran Church * 1505 W. Michigan Ave. (at Brown) * Jackson, MI 49202
Contact: Patrice Cox * 517.841.6971 * patrice.marner@allegiancehealth.org
4-5 Mtg./Month: Every Tuesday * 6:30-8:00 pm


Kalamazoo

Survivors of Suicide
Gryphon Place * 3245 South 8th Street * Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Marshall Burns * 269.381.1510 extension 222* mburns@gryphon.org
Facilitator Type: Peer and Professional
1 Mtg./Month: Last Thursday * 7:00-9:00 pm
No charge
Pre-registration is requested. Please call and speak with Marshall before attending your first meeting.


Lansing

Suicide Loss
Elie's Place * 1145 W. Oakland Avenue * Lansing, MI 48915 * elesplace.org * facebook
Sarah Rockstad, LMSW * 517.482.1315 * healing@elesplace.org
Facilitator Type: Professional and Peer
4-5 Mtgs./Month: Call for meeting schedule
Pre-registration is required. This adult group is part of a weekly program for the parents of grieving children ages 3-18. The separate children's group addresses grief in general; it is not suicide specific. A child must be enrolled before a parent can join the adult group.


Lapeer

Grief after Suicide
Harmony Hall * 219 S. Saginaw Street * Lapeer, MI 48446
Sue Clement * Lapeer County Community Mental Health * 810.667.0500 * sclement@lapeercmh.org
Facilitator Type: Professional and Peer
2 Mtgs./Month: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays * 6:00 pm
No charge


Monroe

Gabby's Ladder, Inc.
Gabby's Ladder * 431 East Elm Avenue * Monroe, MI 48162 * gabbysladder.org * facebook
Contact: Kaye Lani Wilson, Director * 734.242.8773 * gabbys2001@sbcglobal.net
Facilitator: Jayne Davison, Counselor
Facilitator Type: Professional
1 Mtg./Month: 3rd Tuesday * 6:30-8:00 pm


Muskegon

West Michigan Survivors of Suicide
Calvary Church * Room C-102 * 5873 Kendra Road * Fruitport, MI * 231.724.6639
1 Mtg./Month: 2nd Tuesday * 6:30-8:00 pm


Petoskey

Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOS)
Sponsored by: The Suicide Prevention Workgroup from the Charlevoix-Emmet Human Services Coordinating Body (HSCB)
Meets at: Vital Care Hospice of Little Traverse Bay * Highland Cottage * 1 Highland Drive * Petosky, MI 49770 * 231.487.4825
Greg Billiard * 231.590.0587 * gbilliard@racc2000.com
Wendy Kuebler * 231.881.7248 * wendyfkuebler@yahoo.com
Facilitator Type: Professional and Peer
1 Mtg./Month: 2nd Tuesday * 6:00-7:30 pm
Ages 17 and older * Call about services available to children under 17.
Note: If you need to place an emergency call, please dial 911 or 800.442.7315 for 3rd Level Crisis in Traverse City. Greg and Wendy may not always be able to return your call immediately, but you can expect a response within 24 hours.


Pontiac

Survivors of Suicide Loss
Common Ground Resource & Crisis Center * 1200 N. Telegraph, Building 32E * Pontiac, MI 48341 * commongroundhelps.org * facebook
(moved from Bloomfield Hills)
Crisis Line: 800.231.1127
Amelia Lehto * 248.451.2613 * ALehto@commongrouphelps.org
Facilitator Type: Professional and Peer
2 Mtg./Month: 1st & 3rd Monday * 7:00-9:00 pm
No charge
Open group, quarterly newsletter.


Port Huron

Survivors of Suicide
3111 Electric Avenue * Port Huron, MI 48060 * 810.985.8900
Amy Smith * asmith@scccmh.org
1 Mtg./Month: 2nd Tuesday * 7:00-9:00 pm
Adults and teens


Saginaw

Saginaw Survivors of Suicide
State Street United Methodist Church * 3617 Mackinaw Street (at State St.) * Saginaw, MI 48602
Barb Smith * 989.781.5260 * sosbarb@aol.com
* saginawsurvivorsofsuicide.org Facilitator Type: Professional
2 Mtgs./Month: 1st & 3rd Thursday * 7:00-8:30 pm
Please park on the building's north side by the large white "Saginaw Bay District" sign. No charge


Sandusky

Healing & Hope: A Survivors of Suicide Support Group
McKenzie Health System * 120 N. Delaware * Sandusky, MI 48471
Facilitator: Laura Johnson * 810.583.0403 * ljohnson@sanilaccmh.org
Facilitator Type: Professional and Peer
1 Mtg./Month: 4th Tuesday * 7:00-8:30 pm
Please park on the building's north side by the large white "Saginaw Bay District" sign. No charge


St. Joseph

Suicide Loss Support
Lory's Place * 445 Upton Drive * St. Joseph, MI 49085 * lorysplace.org * facebook
Facilitator: Jim Wilson, Family Services Coordinator * 269.983.2707 or 800.717.3812 * Jwilson@lorysplace.org
Facilitator Type: Professional
2-3 Mtgs./Month: every other week, 10 months per year with other activities during the summer. Call for meeting schedule and before attending a meeting.
No charge
Adults only


Taylor

Grief After Suicide
Ford Senior Activity Center * 6750 Troy * Taylor, MI 48180
(moved from Dearborn)
Contact: Elaine Lamparski, Coordinator * 313.561.1500 * info@howe-peterson.com
Facilitator: Vanessa Lewis, LMSW
Facilitator Type: Professional
2 Mtgs./Month: 2nd & 4th Monday * 6:30-8:30 pm
No charge


Traverse City

Survivors of Suicide
Michael's Place * 1212 Veterans Drive * Traverse City, MI 49684 * mymichaelsplace.net * facebook
Pam Jones * 231.947.6453 * goodgrief@mymichaelsplace.net
4-5 Mtgs/Month: Every Monday * 6:00-8:00 pm
No charge (dinner provided)
Separate groups are available for children, teens and adults.
Please contact Nancy before attending first meeting.


Updated on 10/22/2016.