Grief Support

Our reactions to losing someone we love are unique. Grief may affect various aspects of your life … you are not alone. Visiting Nurse believes that providing interactive Grief & Loss Education serves as an integral part in honoring life. Furthermore, education plays an important role in wellness as human beings and in our ability to adapt to change.

Our goal is to provide a quality grief and loss education program to our families and the community at large. All programs are provided at no charge and are open to any adult who has suffered the loss of a loved one due to death. Hospice involvement is not required.



Grief Support Services Include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Grief & loss education programs
  • Ongoing grief support groups
  • Close-ended grief support groups
  • Memorial services
  • Retreats
  • Referral services

For more information please contact our Grief Support Team at 260-435-3222.

Bonnie Davis, MSW, LSW
Terrie English, MPC, LSW
Laura Guerrero, MS-MHC

Ongoing Grief Support Groups


Grief Support Group
For any loss due to death
Every Monday evening
7-8:30 p.m.
Held at Ivy Tech’s Aviation Center at Smith Field
405 West Cook Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825


Grief Support for the Newly Bereaved
For those who have lost a loved one within a year
2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month
5:30-7 p.m.
Held at Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center
5920 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814


Grief Support Group
For any loss due to death
2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month
5:30-7 p.m.
Held at Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center
5920 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814


Grief Support for Women
After the death of a spouse or significant other
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month
2-3:30 p.m.
Held at Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center
5920 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814


Grief Support for Men
After the death of a spouse or significant other
1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month
5:30-7 p.m.
Held at Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center
5920 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814


Anticipatory Grief Support Group
Support for those in anticipation of a death
2nd Monday of each month
5:30-7 p.m.
Held at Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center
5920 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814


We the Living
Support for those who have lost a loved one to suicide
2nd Wednesday of each month
7-9 p.m.
Held at Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center
5920 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814


Pet Loss Grief Support
2nd Saturday of each month
10 a.m.-noon
Children welcome
Held at Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center
5920 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814


Auburn Grief Support Group
For any loss due to death
Last Tuesday of each month
6-7:30 p.m.
Held at the YMCA of DeKalb County
533 North St., Auburn, IN 46706
Woodburn Grief Support Group
For any loss due to death
First Monday of each month
6-7:30 p.m.
Held at Westwood Fellowship in Fellowship Hall
4100 Becker Road, Woodburn, IN 46797


Compassionate Friends
For grieving parents, grandparents & siblings
1st Tuesday of each month
7 p.m.
Held at First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne IN 46802
and the following Thursday each month
7 p.m.
Held at Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center, 5920 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne IN 46814

Grief Support Resources

James E. Miller
www.willowgreen.com
Willowgreen is a multi-faceted provider of information, inspirations and support for life transition and aging, loss and grief, illness and caregiving, hope and spirituality, and healing presence.


Erin’s House for Grieving Children
www.erinshouse.org
Erin’s House for Grieving Children provides support services for children, teens and their families who have suffered the death of a loved one.


Dr. Alan Wolfelt Center for Loss & Life Transition
www.centerforloss.com
Dr. Alan Wolfelt is known across North America for his inspirational teaching gifts and compassionate messages about healing in grief. Dr. Wolfelt is founder and director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition and is best known for his model of “companioning” verses “treating” mourners


The Compassionate Friends
www.compassionatefriends.org/chapter/fort-wayne-chapter/
A self-help organization that is open to all bereaved families who have experienced the death of a child, sibling, or grandchild from any cause, at any age, from pre-birth to adulthood. The Compassionate Friends meet at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Wayne St., on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm, with the exception of July & December, and the following Thursday at 7 p.m. at The Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center, 5920 Homestead Road.
The mission of TCF: When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel helpless and isolated. TCF provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild and helps others better assist the grieving family.