Fox Valley Grief Network
The Fox Valley Grief Network (FVGN) is comprised of professionals and non-professionals who journey with the bereaved in the Fox Valley area. The group meets quarterly and includes people working in a variety of professions: social worker, counselor, clergy, lay minister, parish nurse, hospice volunteer, bereavement support coordinator, school guidance counselor, funeral directors, chaplain, etc. The group gathers for the purpose of:
• Networking with other professionals in the field to share resources and expertise
• Learning about area programs, support systems, resources, and events in the Fox Valley,
• Identifying and addressing areas of grief support that may be lacking
• Promoting the normalcy of grief, and
• Remaining current in methods that are most effective in journeying with the bereaved.
For more information about FVGN, to become a member, or receive regular mailings, please contact the current chair, Sandi Moore, at 920-735-5693.
Fox Valley Grief Support Groups and Services
We’re very sorry for your loss. There are many support groups in the area to help you through this difficult time. Please select the support groups that are right for you:
General Grief Groups
Survivors of Suicide
Other Support Groups
General Grief Groups
Grief Support Drop-In Groups
Open to any adult grieving the death of a loved one. 1st Tuesday, Thompson Community Center, 820 W. College Avenue, Appleton. Group meets at 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not required. Refreshments and handouts are provided. No fee. Contact Melissa Greff, Bereavement Coordinator with Affinity Visiting Nurses-Hospice Services, at 920-727-6565.
Support group for anyone who has lost a loved one, recent or past. Contact St. Bernard Parish for more information at 920-725-3896.
Located at Fox Valley Technical College, this program offers free individual counseling and workshops for persons in transition, including bereaved individuals. Contact Sandi Moore at 920-735-5693.
Theo (To Help Each Other)
Support for those who have experienced the loss of loved one. 1st and 3rd Mondays, non-denominational, no fee. St. Mary’s Church, 312 South State Street, Appleton. Contact Donna Nemecek at 920-739-2093 or the Parish office at 920-739-5119.
A Time To Mourn
A Time to Mourn is a six week grief group offered to adults who have lost an adult loved one through death and are finding it difficult to work through their grief. The group will be co-led by professionals trained in grief support. The next series will be held from 6:00-8:00 on Tuesday evenings from November 13 through December 18 in the Patio Lounge of Carmel Residence. The sessions are free of charge, but registration is required. If you have any questions or if you or someone you know would benefit from this group, please call Chaplain Cathie Vander Velden at Bethel Home, 232-5274, to register.
Living With Loss—Six Week Group
Grief support group for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Group is offered through ThedaCare At Home Hospice. Meets at the Heritage, 2600 S. Heritage Woods Drive, Appleton. Please call for meeting dates. No fee, advance registration required. Contact Heather Pincelli, Bereavement Coordinator, ThedaCare At Home Hospice, at 800-984-5554 toll-free or 920-730-3408.
Waupaca Living With Loss
Drop In Group
Monthly education and support offered by ThedaCare At Home Hospice for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one. 2nd Thursday, of the month 3:00-4:30 p.m. Maasch Center, 902 Riverside Drive, Waupaca. No fee, advance registration is appreciated. Contact Heather Pincelli, Bereavement Coordinator, ThedaCare At Home Hospice, at 800-984-5554 toll free or 920-730-3408.
Men Journeying Through Grief
A unique support opportunity for men who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Gathering includes a home cooked meal followed by sharing of grief information and support resources. 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Affinity Visiting Nurses office, 816 W. Winneconne Avenue, Neenah. Pre-registration is not required but appreciated for meal planning purposes. Contact Melissa Greff, Bereavement Coordinator, Affinity Visiting Nurses-Hospice Services, at 920-727-6565.
Journey of Hope
Adult grief support group for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. 3rd Tuesday of the month, 9:45-10:45 a.m., St. Paul Villa Chapel, 316 E. 14th Street, Kaukauna. No fee. Contact Sue at 920-766-6180.
Breakfast for Widows and widowers: 8 a.m. Mondays, Mary's Family Resturant 2312 N. Richmond St., Appleton; 8 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, Mary's Family Resturant 2106 S. Oneida St., Appleton. Drop-ins welcome. Contact 920-882-1326 or 920-734-9353.
Social dinner group for widows and widowers, 1st Friday fish fry at Darboy Club, N9695 County Road N, Appleton. Also meets 2nd Wednesday of the month at various locations in the Fox Valley. Social at 5:45 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is appreciated. Contact Donna Nemecek at 920-739-2093. Email: email@example.com or Emily at 920-766-2341 .
Remembering Through Sharing
Supports those who have experienced a miscarriage, stillborn, ectopic, or neonatal death. Special commemorative events, such as the Walk to Remember and Candlelight Memorial, are held during the year. For more information, contact Joan , RTS coordinator, at 920-729-2087.
For bereaved parents who have experienced the death of a child at any age. For more information about area group meetings, please visit: www.compassionatefriends.org/home.aspx
Ministry for bereavement of miscarriage, stillbirth, infant or child death, failed adoptions, and infertility. Support groups, mentoring, memorials, retreat, and resources. Contact Jeannie at 766-9380, 120 W. 8th Street, Kaukauna.
Pathway To Peace
An ecumenical memorial service for those who have experienced pregnancy loss or infant loss. Services are held three times each year through St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and twice each year at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. For dates and times, contact Katherine (St. Elizabeth Hospital) at 920-738-2094 or Teresa (Mercy Medical Center) at 920-223-0120.
Center For Grieving Children
Programs for children, teens and families who are grieving the death of a loved one. The Center offers peer support, education, and opportunities to commemorate. No fees.
• Family Night: An every other week evening program for families with children ages 3 to 18. Program consists of a meal, small and large group activities for various ages. Support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers.
• Teen Group: ”Teens Only” grief support group for youth, ages 13 to 18. Group meets weekly for eight week sessions, three times a year. Contact Loris Damerow at 731-0555 ext. 244 .
Young Adult Support Group
For individuals aged 18-30 who are grieving the death of someone important to them. This drop in group provides a safe place to talk about the memories, feelings and concerns associated with the empty space left by the person who has died. By talking together, members support one another, providing opportunities for healing and understanding the new normal they are now living in. Please join us. There are no fees, and no pre- registration is required.
This group meets the third Wednesday of every month, 5:45-7:00 pm at Harmony Café, 233 East College Ave in Appleton. Questions please call Melissa Greff -Klebs from Affinity Visiting Nurses at 920-727-2000.
A weekend program providing an atmosphere of love and acceptance for children to express themselves following the death of a loved one. Camps take place at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, Wisconsin in spring and fall. No fee. Contact Becky Loy at 715-341-0076. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A day camp for children grieving the death of a loved one. Camp Lloyd is a safe environment for campers to explore feelings of grief and gain support from one another. Camp takes place during one week each summer on the UWGB campus. Cost is $35 per camper; families with more than one child attending camp are eligible for a family discount. For more information please visit: www.uwgb.edu/camplloyd Contact Illene Noppe-Cupit at 920-465-2703.
Ongoing peer support groups for children and families grieving the loss of a loved one. Groups offer an open place to be with other children and teens and share experiences of grief and loss. No fee, advance registration is required. Group meets in Fond du Lac. Contact Sr. Joyann Repp at 920-924-4660.
Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
Community for Hope of Greater Oshkosh
Support group for family members, friends, and coworkers of those who have died by suicide. Minimum age is 14, no fee, advance registration is not necessary. For more information, contact Doug Bisbee at email@example.com Groups are sponsored by Community for Hope of Greater Oshkosh, Inc.
• Oshkosh: 3rd Thursday of the month, United Way/Hooper Community Building, 36 Broad Street, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
• Ripon: 1st Thursday of the month, Immanuel United Methodist Church, 401 W. Fond Du Lac Street, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Center for Suicide Awareness
The Center for Suicide Awareness is a non-profit organization who provides education, support, and awareness in efforts of suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention. We provide support groups, educational workshops and trainings free of charge. We host an annual Walk for Suicide Awareness. We are located at 109 East 8th Street Kaukauna, WI. For further information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Meets the 2nd Monday of the month. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2600 E. Philip Lane Appleton, WI. Open to all people over 18 who have been affected by loss due to suicide. Free of Charge and no need to pre-register. Questions please contact: Barb Bigalke (920) 750-9091
Youth Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Meets the 3rd Monday of the month. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2600 E. Philip Lane Appleton, WI. Open to all people age 10 - 18 who have been affected by loss due to suicide. Free of Charge and no need to pre register. Questions please contact: Barb Bigalke (920) 750-9091
Prevent Suicide Fox Cities
Survivors After Suicide will meet on the first Thursday of the month at 6 pm at Shepherd of the Hills Church, N1615 Meadowview Dr. Greenville. For more info, contact Jen at email@example.com or Jeanette at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wichmann and Fargo Website
Wichmann and Fargo Funeral Homes proudly offers more than 50 grief articles, all of which can be easily downloaded. These helpful articles are part of the Griefwords Library provided by Dr. Alan Wolfelt and the Center for Loss and Life Transition. General topic areas include helping others with grief, helping yourself with grief, helping grieving children and teenagers, funerals/memorials/cremation, and a special series devoted to caregivers and hospice personnel. Questions? Please call 920-831-9905.
Other support groups
Hospice Memorial Services
Many area hospices conduct memorial services throughout the year for the families they have journeyed with and for the general public. Please contact them directly for more information.
Fullness of Life
An ecumenical prayer service for grieving families. For dates and times, contact St. Elizabeth Hospital at 920-738-2655 or Mercy Medical Center at 920-223-0120.
Don’t forget your local church, synagogue, or mosque. Pastors, priests, rabbis, lay ministers, Stephen & Be-Friender Ministries, and Care Ministry can provide comfort and support to the grieving. Faith communities often offer memorial services during the course of the year.
While the experience of loss, anger, and sadness is a necessary part of grief work, it can be difficult to do without professional support of some kind. Professional counselors play an important role in facilitating healthy grieving and observing signs of complicated grief that can lead to major depression. The Fox Valley area is fortunate to have many qualified, competent, and compassionate counselors. For referrals, please contact your clergy, health care provider, a close and trusted friend, or funeral home.