Grief Support

Local Grief Support in Erie, PA

The funeral directors at Brugger’s 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.

Asera Care Hospice

Please call for an appointment or to check upcoming bereavement events.

Where: 1600 Peninsula Dr., Suite 14 Erie, PA 16505
Phone:(814) 836-5255

Crime Victim Center of Erie County

The Crime Victim Center hosts support groups for families, friends, and other loved ones who have lost someone due to a violent crime. The group provides 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.

Where: 125 West 18th St., Erie, PA 16501

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, Erie, PA 16507
Phone: (814) 871-6868

Emma’s Footprints

The Emma’s “You Are with Me” peer support group is held once a month in Erie, PA, and open to anyone who has experienced pregnancy or infant loss. The group provides a safe, healthy and loving environment to help members take steps forward in the healing process. The group was developed by a licensed social worker, with a new theme to the conversation every month.

When: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month
Where: 100 State St., Erie, PA 16507
Phone: (814) 464-5989

Empty Arms Support Group

Support group for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or SIDS death. If you have questions about the group, please feel free to call Angela West at (814) 774-7064

When: second Tuesday of every month beginning at 7:30 pm
Where: Liberty Family Practice, 3414 Cherry Street, Erie, PA 16508
Phone: (814) 774-7064

Grief Counseling

Catholic Charities Counseling and Adoption Services

When: Individual bereavement counseling by appointment.
Where: 329 West 10th Street, Erie, PA 16502
Phone: (814) 456-2091


GriefShare is a comprehensive online listing of friendly, caring groups of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

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. Meetings are held monthly in Erie. (814) 877-6120.

Where: 1700 Peach St., Suite 244, Erie, PA 16501
Phone: (814) 877-6120

Lucy’s First Step

Lucy’s First Step offers a counselor-moderated group therapy program. This six-week program promotes the healing process by guiding individuals through their grief. The goal is to create a supportive and healthy environment for parents to grieve. The goal is to help parents take their first steps towards learning how to live with the overwhelming loss of a child.

When: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: The second-floor meeting room of the Millcreek Township Municipal Building located at 3608 West 26th Street, Erie, PA 16506
Phone: Lesley Mitchell at (814) 969-1267 or lucysfirststep@gmail.com

Heartland Hospice

Heartland Hospice understands the difficulty associated with the loss of a loved one, and how this can impact a person's life. The group is open and you can join at anytime.

When: 2nd Monday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: 4400 East Lake Rd., Erie, PA 16511
Phone: (814) 878-5990 and contact is David Miles

Hospice of Metropolitan Erie

Support group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.

When: Call for an appointment.
Where: 202 East 10th Street, Erie, PA 16503
Phone: (814) 456-6689

T.A.P.S. – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Grief support for military families that are experiencing a loss

Where: 1777F Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: 1-(800)-959-TAPS (8277)

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 Office, 2253 West Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16506
Phone: (814) 454-2831, group contact: Renee Plyler

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)



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Phone: (814) 825-2500
845 E 38th St, Erie, PA 16504
Austin J. Brugger - Supervisor


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