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
• Understanding the journey 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, Barb Bigalke, at 920-750-9091 or email FVGNsupport@gmail.com .
General Grief Groups
Grief Support Drop-In Groups
Open to any adult grieving the death of a loved one. Refreshments and handouts are provided. No fee. Meets the 1st Tuesday at the Thompson Community Center, 820 W. College Avenue, Appleton. Groups meets at 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not required. Contact Melissa Klebs, Affinity Visiting Nurses Hospice Service, at 920-727-6565.
Support group for anyone who has lost a loved one, recent or past. Contact Calvary Bible Church, Appleton for more information at 920-725-3896. For additional Grief Share support groups in the area visit: www.griefshare.org
THEO (To Help Each Other)
Support and learning for those who have experienced the loss of a spouse or a loved one. Meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at St. Mary’s Church, 312 S. State Street, Appleton. Non-denominational and no fee. Contact Donna Nemecek at 920-739-2093 or Parish office at 920-739-5119.
A Time to Mourn
A six week grief support group offering support for adults who have lost an adult loved one. Co-led by professionals trained in grief support. No fee, advance registration required. Contact Chaplain Cathie, Bethel Home, at 920-232-5274 to inquire about start dates & times and to register.
Journey of Hope
Adult grief support group for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Meets the 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.
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 is required. Contact Heather Pincelli, Bereavement Coordinator, ThedaCare at Home Hospice, at 920-730-3408.
Waupaca Living with Loss
Drop-In Group Monthly education and support group offered by ThedaCare at Home Hospice for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Meets the 2nd Thursday, of the month from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Maasch Center, 902 Riverside Drive, Waupaca. No fee, advance registration is appreciated. Contact Heather Pincelli, Bereavement Coordinator, ThedaCare at Home Hospice, at 920-730-3408.
Men Journeying Through Grief
A unique support opportunity for men only. Gathering includes a home cooked meal followed by sharing of grief information and support resources. Meets the 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. Contact Melissa Klebs, Affinity Visiting Nurses Hospice Services, at 920-727-6565.
Social dinner groups for widows and widowers. Meets the 1st Friday of the month for a fish fry at the Darboy Club, N9695 County Road N, Appleton. Group also meets the 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 920-739-2039 or Emily at 920-766-2341.
Remember 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.
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.
Ministry for bereavement of miscarriage, stillbirth, infant or child death, failed adoptions, and infertility. One on One support, mentoring, memorials, retreat, and resources. Contact Jeannie at 920-766-9380, 120 W. 8th Street, Kaukauna.
Caregiver Support Group
This support group focuses on the emotional and physical toll of caring for a loved one takes on the caregiver. Topics covered: stability, financial issues, physical care and resources shared. For more information, contact Affinity Visiting Nurses Hospice at 920-727-2000.
Appleton: Meets every Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Helen G. Fowler Conference Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital, 1506 S. Oneida St.
Oshkosh: Meets every Wednesday, 3:30-5 p.m. in the Foundation Suite Room #2 at Mercy Medical Center, 500 S. Oakwood Road.
Kiel: Meets every Friday, 2:30-4 p.m. at the Stoelting House, 319 Indian Hill Road.
Veterans Military Support Group
Group meets the first Monday of every month, 7:00 p.m. at the 395th Ordinance Company Armory, 1824 Ballard Road, Appleton. This support group is for Bluestar & Goldstar families for those that have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Military and those families that have lost loved ones in combat. For more information contact: Dick LaChapelle (USMC Veteran) at 920-735-0806.
Clinic Counseling is available for qualified veterans that have been screened & examined for treatment through the V.A. Healthcare System only. Physical, mental and emotional counseling is available by scheduled appointment only. For more information contact the V.A. Bradley Clinic at 920-831-0070.
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.
Held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 160 S. Badger Street, Appleton. Program consists of a meal, small and large group activities for various ages. Support groups are facilitated by trained volunteers.
“Teens Only” grief support group for youth, ages 13-18. Group meets on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday of every month from 6:00-7:15 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club, 160 S. Badger Street, Appleton. For more information contact Loris Damerow at 731-0555.
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 or 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 University of Wisconsin Green Bay campus. Cost is $40 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 or contact Ilene Cupit at 920-465-2703.
Survivors of Suicide (SOS)
Adult Survivors of Suicide Support Group Open to all people over the age of 18 who have been affected by loss due to suicide. Free of charge and no registration required.
Meets the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Philip Lane. For more information visit: www.centerforsuicideawareness.org or contact Barb at 920-750-9091.
Wichmann and Fargo Funeral Homes 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 Grief words 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 & hospice personnel. You can also check out our Events Calendar for upcoming events and support groups. Questions? Please call 920-831-9905.
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 health 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 and a close and trusted friend.