Noah’s Children encourages families to seek out support from family members, friends, church or others who have experienced similar situations. We hope you find the following list of resources, support groups and websites.
Noah’s Children Library
We maintain a printed library with books and articles for those of you whose child has a life-threatening or terminal illness, and we are glad to help you find what might be helpful to you and your family.
Local Support Groups
FOR YOUR CHILDREN
Noah’s Children Bereavement Services
Noah’s offers sibling mentors, individual guidance and companioning for the whole family, and referrals to professional counselors as might be needed. Noah’s also holds seasonal events, bereavement camps and other experiences that provide multidisciplinary and age-appropriate activities to process the child’s grief and support the whole family.
An interactive website that includes age-appropriate chat rooms with professional supervision. Excellent middle-of-the-night site, particularly for your teens.
Full Circle Grief Center
Committed to serving grieving children, Full Circle offers many opportunities for healing using a variety of mediums, with an emphasis on the arts.
Comfort Zone Camp
Weekend bereavement camps for children, teens and young adults who have experienced a loss; eight-week support group sessions are offered twice a year for children, teens and adults.
CHILD LOSS SUPPORT GROUPS
MISS – Mothers in Sympathy and Support
(for Prenatal, Infant, Toddler Loss)
Meetings are held the third Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 11300 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian. Online support is also offered.
(for the loss of a child, any age)
Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 11300 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian.
(resource for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
For information about support meetings in the Richmond area, please contact Mark Ferraro at the number above.
(for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or SIDS loss)
Meetings held the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sheltering Arms wing of Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, 8260 Atlee Road, Mechanicsville.
GENERAL BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
Bon Secours Hospice
Committed to helping families heal after the death of a loved one; services include grief counseling referrals, monthly grief workshops, and support groups for adults; open to the community and free of charge.
Hospice of Virginia
Ongoing adult bereavement group meets alternating Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 7231 Forest Ave., Suite 100.
Crater Community Hospice
Groups are scheduled throughout the year at 840 W. Roslyn Road, Suite E, Colonial Heights.
Center for Loss & Life Transition
Helpful articles, with a particular emphasis on “The Tasks of Mourning” and “The Rights of Mourners.” Most of the printed resources are available in the Noah’s Children Library.
Bereaved Parents of the USA
A nationwide organization dedicated to helping parents who have lost children.
Donor Family Services
LifeNet Health’s “Donor Family Services” department’s mission is to promote healing and peace for organ and tissue donor families. The website, however, is open and available for all who mourn the death of a loved one. The site also includes “The Healing Garden,” which has activities to help children deal with their grief and loss.
EriChad Grief Support
Offers support for bereaved parents.
Healing Hearts for Bereaved Parents
Grief support; offers suggestions for coping and friendships for grieving parents and families.
Offers a discussion board for people who have experienced loss.
The Sibling Connection
Resource for anyone who has lost a brother or sister.