Local Grief Support in Erie, PA

The funeral directors at Bruggers are trained to help people experiencing the loss of a loved one. However many people find that after a funeral (particularly the first year) the loss becomes more apparent as they try to adjust to life without their loved one. It is at this time that additional support from people going through similar losses is often helpful. For that reason we have compiled a list of support groups throughout the Erie area.


Bereavement Support Groups

Please call and verify times and meeting places.

Great Lakes Hospice

Support Group for those experiencing the loss of a loved one. Bereavement Support Group.  Free of charge and open to the public.

2016 - Doors open at 5 pm, meeting starts at 5:30 pm, meeting ends at 6:30 pm.  When dinner is served it is at 5 pm.

April 7th, Dinner Provided

April 21st, Snacks Provided

May 5th, Dinner Provided

May 19th, Snacks Provided

June 2nd, Dinner Provided

June 16th, Snacks Provided

July 7th, Dinner Provided

July 21st, Snacks Provided

August 4th, Dinner Provided

August 18th, Snacks Provided

September 1st, Dinner Provided

September 15th , Snacks Provided

October 6th, Dinner Provided

October 20th, Snacks Provided

Novemeber 3rd, Dinner Provided

November 17th, Snacks Provided

December 1st, Dinner Provided

December 15th, Snacks Provided

Where: 1700 Peach Street
Phone: 814-877-6527 please RSVP to Cathy McKenzie no later than 24 before the scheduled meeting


Empty Arms Support Group

Support group for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or SIDS death.
When: Second Tuesday of every month 7:30 p.m.
Where: Liberty Family Practice Building
3413 Cherry Street
Phone: 814-838-6346


Help for families after a suicide - individual counseling

  Catholic Charities Counseling (814) 456-2091

  Family Services of Northwestern PA (814) 866-4507

  Safe Harbor Behavioral Health (814) 456-2014

  Stairways Behavioral Health (814) 454-5686

  SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voice of Education) www.save.org.coping





Grief Recovery Online for All Bereaved.
Website: http://www.groww.com


Grief Counseling

Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services
When: Individual bereavement counseling by appointment.
Please contact: Joseph Haas, Director.
Where: 329 West 10th Street
Erie, PA 16502
Phone: 814-456-2091


Hospice of Metropolitan Erie

Support group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.
When: Call for appointment.
Where: 10th and Holland Streets, 202 East 10th Street
Phone: 814-456-6689
Website: http://www.hospiceerie.org


The Caring Place

Support group for children and their families after the loss of a loved one. *Separate brochures and videos are available.
When: Call for times and session availability
Where: Bayview Office Park, Building II
510 Cranberry Street
Phone: 814-871-6868
Website: http://www.highmarkcaringplace.com



AsceraCare Hospice

Please call for an appointment or to check upcoming bereavement events.
Phone: 814-836-5255



Heartland Hospice - Grief Education Class

Heartland Hospice understands the difficulty associated with the loss of a loved one, and how this can impact a person's life. The class will cover specific topics and run on a 8 class rotation. The group is open and you can join at anytime.

Topics that will be covered:
Week 1: Goals and Purposes of Group
Week 2: Anticipatory Grief
Week 3: Understanding Grief; Grief Process
Week 4: Emotions and Feelings Associated With Grief
Week 5: Coping and Moving Towards Healing
Week 6: Remembering
Week 7: Special Days and Holidays
Week 8: Wrap-Up/Review of Skills Learned
Where: Heartland Hospice
719 Indiana Dr.
Phone: 814-848-5990


Crime Victim Center Support Group

The Crime Victim Center is hosting a monthly support group for families, friends, and other loved ones of homicide victims. The group profides a chance for people to come together, support each other and share their feelings and experiences as they continue to cope with their loss. Group interaction is encouraged between newer members of the group and long-time members as they explore their fears and thoughts about the future.
When: Every last Wed. of the month 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (814)-878-5990, Audrey McLaughlin


Visiting Nurse Association

Support group is ongoing and is open to anyone who is coping with or has experienced a loss of a family member or a friend.
When: Every 2nd Tues. of the month 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: VNA Offices
2253 West Grandview Blvd.
Phone: 814-454-2831, group contact: Sam Harakal MSW, LSW