Grief Support Groups

Many grieving individuals find strength, healing and understanding through support groups. BridgingLife offers a selection of support groups for community members, adults, parents and children at no cost.

Though settings and formats vary, each group provides a safe, supportive atmosphere where participants can share experiences, coping strategies, emotions and information. Our support groups include those for adults, children and the community. Grief support groups are open to anyone in the community, regardless of where the death occurred.

For more information, visit our Calendar of Events, or call us at 410-871-8000.

Learn more about our support groups:

For Adults

Healing After a Substance Loss Support Group
Open to those who have experienced the death of a loved one related to substance use or addictions. The group addresses the unique emotional issues surrounding the loss and offers coping strategies. Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Call 443-875-8763 for more information.

Mending Hearts Support Group

A support group for parents who have lost a child of any age. Receive support and advice on managing the complex emotions involved with the death of a child. During sessions, attendees can share their experiences, participate in discussions and receive comfort in a warm and welcoming environment. Meets the third Monday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Call 410-871-7656 for more information.

Pathways Support Group
Open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. The group addresses emotional issues surrounding the loss and offers coping strategies. Meets the third Wednesday of each month, 7 – 8 p.m. Call 410-871-7656 for more information.

Widows and Widowers Support Group
This support group helps women and men address the emotional issues surrounding the loss of their spouse. Held the first Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Call 410-960-7568 for more information.

For Children Ages 7 to 15

To help children with their grief, BridgingLife offers Camp T.R. as well as short-term grief counseling. Our bereavement counselors also can provide referrals to other counseling services in the community.

What is Camp T.R.?
Hosted each year by BridgingLife, Camp T.R. is a free, overnight weekend retreat for children ages 7 - 15 who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp combines recreational activities, such as art, swimming and music with grief education and support.

How can Camp T.R. help a grieving child?
The camp offers a safe, supportive environment to help children understand and cope with their grief. After the death of a loved one, children may experience feelings of anger, loneliness, and guilt. Some may even experience physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches and fatigue. The camp is designed to help children deal with these emotions. Our goal is to let campers know that they are not alone and help them feel comfortable sharing their feelings.

What types of activities are offered?
Campers will learn positive ways to express their emotions through creative exercises, honest discussions and recreational activities. In addition to grief education and support, daily activities may include:
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Games
Who are the staff members?
Camp T.R. is staffed by professional bereavement counselors and volunteers with special training in helping grieving children. Each camper is also assigned a "buddy" (usually a volunteer) for added support.

What is the cost?
Camp T.R. is FREE for all participants. All meals are included.

Where do campers stay?
Campers stay in one of five secure, comfortable cabins on the grounds of the Hashawha Environmental Center in Westminster, Maryland. Situated on Lake Hashawha, the center gives campers a much-needed change of scenery, along with a broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities. 

 Call 410-871-8000 for more information.

Camp T.R. is named in memory of Thomas Richard O'Farrell III, who was killed in an automobile accident. His family established the annual camp as a tribute to their son and his caring, adventurous spirit.