Support Programs & Local Help Groups

Helpful Support Programs 

There are a number of programs available to help promote the healing process.

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, Ralph Jackson, at 410-676-4600 or ralph@mccomasfuneralhome.com


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

Griefshare at Mountain Christian Church
1824 Mountain Road, Joppa, MD 21087 
Contact Mary Bach 
Phone: 410-877-1824 ext. 131

Griefshare at Mount Zion United Methodist Church 
1643 Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD 21015 
Contact Loraine Morgan 
Phone: 410-836-7641

Griefshare at First Presbyterian Church
224 N. Main Street, Bel Air, Maryland 21014 
Contact Jeanne Colburn 
Phone: 410-838-5777

Griefshare at St. Ignatius Catholic Church
533 Jarrettsville Rd., Forest Hill, MD 21050
Meet two times a month on Wednesday morning from 10-11:30am
Contact Kathleen Roberts for more information  Phone: 410-879-1926


Addiction Support at Mountain Christian Church
1824 Mountain Road, Joppa 21087 
Contact Kristen Riley 
Phone: 410-877-1824 ext. 140

Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care
Bereavement Support Group 
First Tuesday of each month 6:30 -8:30 PM 
133 N. Bridge Street--3rd Floor Harford Bank Bldg. 
Elkton, Maryland 21921 
(410) 392-4742 and ask for Joni or Molly

Taps (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors)
This is an outreach program provided to survivors of Armed Forces Personnel who have died in the services of 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.
Go to http://gilchristhospice.org/ and click on the Events tab at the top menu bar and then Calendar. A brochure of their bereavement services is available there along with a calendar giving dates and location information. Or you can call 443-849-8200.

MADD Maryland (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) 
Offers Trained Victim Advocates, guidance through the judicial process, civil attorney referrals, insurance advocates, support groups and memorial programs.

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. Also open to siblings and/or other immediate family members. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm at New Life Center, Room 124/126 at Mountain Christian Church, 1824 Mountain Road, Joppa, MD 21085  410-560-3358  www.mountainchristian.org for directions and weather changes.

Bereaved Parents of USA Baltimore Metropolitan Area Chapter
A self-help group that offers friendship and support to any parent who has expericend the loss of a child. Chapter Leader: Bill Lyon at 410-274-9932  PO Box 625, Brooklandville, MD 21022-0625 http://www.bpbaltimore.bpchatpter.org/

Amedisys Hospice of Greater Chesapeake 
Offers a support group for Parents of children ages 1-25 years who have died suddenly and a support group for parents of perinatal death. For updated information on other support groups offered, call Gina Honer at 1-800-515-0044 ext 877.

Stella Maris - Center for Grief and Loss
They also offer a variety of bereavement services.
Go to www.stellamarisinc.com on click on Resources on the left menu bar. A list of bereavement services will appear. They also provide several
hand-outs of bereavement information, such as tips and things you should know.
For more information call 410-252-4500 x.7291
"Click to view other support group information"

St. Ignatius Catholic Church
533 Jarrettsville Rd. Forest Hill, Md 21050 
Grief Support Drop In, all who are grieving the loss of a loved one are welcome 
Meets First Monday of each month 6:30-8:30 PM 
Held in Parish Center Conference Room 
Meets Fourth Monday of each month 2:00-3:30 PM in the Parish Center Faith Formation Wing in the John Paul II Room, Call Kathleen Roberts at 410-879-1926

Outreach Department of Asbestos.com
It’s never easy to lose someone you love. Losing a loved one to an aggressive cancer such as mesothelioma can be even more difficult, because a family member or close friend may be taken far too soon, bringing a sense of shock with feelings of grief, sadness and even depression. Therefore, The Mesothelioma Center has created a Grief Guide that provides family members and caregivers with support resources and information about experiencing grief. 


Sabrina Frot / Outreach Coordinator

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