Grief Support Groups

Many grieving individuals find strength, healing and understanding through support groups. Carroll Hospice 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. Bereavement support groups are open to anyone in the community, regardless of where the death occurred.

If the weather is inclement, please follow the Carroll County Public Schools policy. If schools are closed, our groups are canceled. If schools are two hours late or less, groups during the day will be canceled. If afternoon activities are canceled, groups in the evening will be canceled.

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

Learn more about our support groups:

For Adults and Parents

Bereavement Luncheon
This luncheon is open to adults grieving from the death of a loved one. No registration required. Meets the last Tuesday of each month at noon at Baugher's Restaurant, 289 W. Main St., Westminster.

Healing After a Substance Loss

Open to those who have experienced the death of a loved one related to substance use. The group addresses the unique emotional issues surrounding the loss and offers coping strategies. No registration required. Meets the first Tuesday of each month, 5 – 6:30 p.m., at Carroll Hospice.

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. No registration required. Meets the third Monday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m., at Carroll Hospice.

Pet Loss Support Group
An opportunity for those whose beloved pet has died to share their feelings in a supportive environment. Meets quarterly, 10:30 – noon.  Registration required. 

Remembering Our Parents Bereavement Workshop

This six-week workshop helps individuals work through the loss of one or both parents. Led by a bereavement counselor, attendees discuss ways of grieving, regaining a sense of stability, finding a new normal and self-care practices. The workshop is held quarterly, with daytime and evening sessions available. Registration required by calling 410-871-7229.

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., at Carroll Hospice. No registration required.

For Children Ages 7 to 15

To help children with their grief, Carroll Hospice 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 Carroll Hospice, 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. 

Download a Camp T.R. rack card

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.