Support Programs & Local Help Groups

Bereavement Support 

At McComas Funeral Homes, our caring does not stop after the funeral of your loved one.  McComas Funeral Home continues to provide support resources for you and your family through community bereavement programs.

This list of organizations has been compiled in the hope that it can be a resource to anyone working through the grief process. Additional information, counseling and support may be available to you through your faith community, or the hospital and/or hospice that served you. If you need further information, please contact our Aftercare Coordinator, Carol Pacione, at 410-676-4600 or cpacione@mccomasfuneralhome.com


Go to www.griefshare.org click 'menu' then click 'find a group' for locations, meeting times and contacts.  Below are some Harford county locations.


Griefshare at Bel Air United Methodist Church 
21 Linwood Ave Bel Air 21014 
Phone: 410-838-5181

Griefshare at Mountain Christian Church

In-person and online meetings Tuesday 1:00-3:00pm or 7:00-9:00pm
1824 Mountain Road, Joppa, MD 21087 
Contact Gary Tollenger
Phone: 410-215-1873

Griefshare at Mount Zion Baptist Church 
200 Post Road, Aberdeen, MD 21001 
Phone: 667-229-5560

Griefshare at Calvary Baptist Church
206 East Courtland Place, Bel Air, Maryland 21014 
Phone: 410-838-6080

Griefshare at Harford Community Church
2504 Creswell Road, Bel Air, MD 21015
Phone: 410-734-0601


Griefshare at St. Matthew Lutheran Church

1200 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21014

Phone: 410-838-3178



The Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers bereavement counseling to parents, spouses, and children of Armed Forces Personnel who died in service to their country.  This also includes family members of reservists and the National Guard who died while on active duty.  Family members of a veteran who was a client of the Veterans Center are also eligible.  There is no cost for these services.  The local Vet Center Outstation is Aberdeen Vet Center Outstation 2, 223 W. Bel Air Avenue, Aberdeen, MD 21001 or call 410-272-6771.

Taps (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)
This is an outreach program provided to survivors of Armed Forces Personnel who have died in service to their country. There are workshops and seminars. A Good Grief Camp for children is a one day program offered regionally and nationally.

More information 1-800-959-TAPS (8277)

Any and all veterans related service can be obtained by going to www.vetcenter@va.gov

Gilchrist Hospice Care 
Gilchrist Hospice is an extension of GBMC. They offer a variety of bereavement services that are open to the community. Call 888-823-8880 or go to www.gilchristcares.org/griefregistration On the website is a listing of the bereavement services with dates and location information.

MADD Maryland (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) 
MADD offers trained victim advocates, guidance through the judicial process, civil attorney referrals, insurance advocates, support groups and memorial programs. Click here to get help. Home - MADD

The Compassionate Friends-- Harford County Chapter
A self-help group that offers friendship and support to any parent who has experienced the loss of a child or grandchild. Also open to siblings and other immediate family members. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 7:00pm - 8:00pm at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Office Building Room 252/255, 1200 E. Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21014.  Contact Deborah at 410-322-4555.

The Compassionate Friends -- GreaterBaltimore Chapter
In person and online meetings.  Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Loch Raven United Methodist Church, 6622 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239.  Contact Gary Tollender at 410-215-1873 or go to TCF of Greater Baltimore Chapter - Compassionate Friends in Baltimore, MD

Child Loss Group -- Unending Love 
Faith-focused group open to everyone.  In person meeting on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00 - 9: 00pm at Mountain Christian Church, 1822 Mountain Road, Joppa, MD 21087.  Contact Gary Tollenger at 410-215-1873.

Stella Maris - Center for Grief and Loss
Stella Maris offers a variety of bereavement services. Go to Grief Counseling Center - Stella Maris - Timonium, MD They also provide several hand-outs of bereavement information, such as tips and things you should know.
Call 410-252-4500 x.7291 for more information or to request counseling services.

Grief Support Drop-In -- St. Ignatius Catholic Church
533 Jarrettsville Rd. Forest Hill, Md 21050.  Call 410-879-1926.

GRASP -- Grief Support After Substance Passing
Contact lisa.craig4@verizon.net for more information.  Meets at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 1643 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21015.

Read more about Coping With a Loss on Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

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1317 Cokesbury Road, Abingdon, MD 21009

Bel Air Location | (410) 838-4040
50 West Broadway, Bel Air, MD 21014

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1114 Baldwin Mill Road, Jarrettsville, MD 21084

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