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Support Groups

Cornerstone of Hope offers a unique support group experience, open to all, regardless of ethnic, cultural and faith backgrounds.

In Cleveland and Columbus, we offer structured grief support groups each quarter led by professional facilitators. Our grief support groups have a specialized curriculum according to the type of loss experienced and are designed to support the unique needs of grievers. At the weekly support groups, facilitators guide participants through grief reactions and issues specific to the loss type, and provide opportunities for participants to share their feelings and experiences. Each group meets for 8-10 weeks.

In our Lima location, we provide numerous groups for children, teens and adults that provide support and tools for topics such as managing emotions, healthy coping strategies, relationship dynamics, healing from loss, anxiety and depression, grief. These groups not only offer support, but also equip group members with practical skills to manage life challenges with hope and healing.

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In order to participate in a Support Group, you must complete a Group Readiness Assessment and pay a one-time fee.

Please refer to the list of Support Group offerings below to schedule your Group Readiness Assessment at the location where the support group is offered. Your Group Readiness Assessment must be completed at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the group in order to enroll.

What makes our groups different?

Led by professionally trained and experienced facilitators.

Closed groups—new individuals will not be joining the group mid-session, who you start the group with is who you continue the journey with

Loss specific groups so you are with others who have experienced a similar loss

Groups run weekly and are offered several times throughout the year

What should I expect?

Each meeting is two hours in length in a warm, home-like environment

A light meal or refreshments are provided every week at no charge

Weekly handouts that include readings, resources and exercises to help you make the most of your group experience

Peer mentors, those who have walked a similar journey, are there to welcome you

When does each group meet?

Our Support Group Calendar is updated annually with pertinent dates for each section.

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Grief Support Groups

Child Grief

By incorporating education, peer support, and art therapy, children will be able to explore their grief process and find hope after loss.

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Teen Grief

By incorporating education, peer support, and art therapy, teens will be able to explore their grief process and find hope after loss.

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Young Adult Grief

This group is for people who are ages 18 through 32 years old and grieving the loss of a loved one. This group brings people together, who because of their age, are able to find a strong support system and education together.

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Adult Grief

Losing a parent, sibling or friend can deeply impact an individual. This group is for all adults who are grieving the death of a loved one no matter the relationship.

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Senior Grief

Grandparents are often the forgotten grievers after the loss of a child. The focus is on the bereaved parent, and siblings of the child who was lost, but not grandma and grandpa. Yet grandparents often carry a double burden. They are grieving the loss of their grandchild, while at the same time trying to support their child who is hurting.

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Family Grief

Losing a parent, sibling or friend can deeply impact an individual. This group is for all adults who are grieving the death of a loved one no matter the relationship.

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Specialized Care Support Groups

Spouse Loss

The death of a spouse can leave a huge void in one’s life. This group allows those who have lost a spouse or significant other to find hope and support.

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Child Loss

The death of a child leaves parents feeling brokenhearted and alone. This group brings parents together, no matter the age of the child, to share and find hope on their journey.

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Losing a child in-utero or as an infant is devastating and not always acknowledged or understood by many. This group allows individuals and couples the opportunity to share this monumental loss and begin to heal together. General grief issues will be addressed, but we will also discuss the specific needs that arise after a death of an infant, whether through miscarriage, neo-natal, still birth or other infant loss 
(ages 2 and under).

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Military Loss

TAPS is tragedy assistance for anyone who has lost a military loved one, regardless of the relationship or the circumstances of the death. Founded in 1994, TAPS is a front line resource to military families. We invite you to join us as we provide support, care and hope with fellow survivors in a spirit of friendship and understanding. You do not have to attend every month, only when you are able or feel that you need support.

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Suicide Loss

When a person has lost a loved one to suicide, their grief can be complicated. Cornerstone is offering a group specifically for these survivors. General bereavement issues will be touched on, but particular attention will be given to the specific needs and stigmas that arise due to loss from suicide.

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Overdose Loss

Cornerstone has recognized a great need for a support group for families that have lost a loved one to overdose. This unique loss can leave families with many unanswered questions along with a myriad of difficult emotions. This group hopes to bring people together who have experienced similar losses, offer some education about the addiction process, offer support for the numerous emotional reactions that accompany this particular loss, and provides some helpful insight for moving forward with hope.

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Murder Loss

When a person has lost a loved one to murder, it is a tragic and unique loss not always understood by others. Cornerstone of Hope is offering a group specifically for those facing this sudden loss. General bereavement issues will be addressed with particular attention given to the specific needs that arise after a traumatic death.

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Complicated Loss

Sometimes there are individuals in our lives that are hard to love because our relationship with them was difficult. The people we lose often had very human problems-addictions, mental health issues, abuse/neglect, gambling, and infidelity. These problems forge a lasting impact in our lives. So, when death strikes we are left with conflicting emotions about the individual, ourselves, and our relationship with them. This group offers a safe place to explore these feelings and unresolved issues with others who understand. Join us for this educational and supportive group that will provide helpful insight into moving forward with hope.

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Featured Support Groups

F.L.I.G.H.T.
(Families Living in Grief and Healing Together)

This group is specifically designed for families that are grieving the loss of a loved one. Groups are divided by age, and Art Therapists and licensed Grief Counselors use art projects, games, stories and discussion to help you along your grief journey.

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Mom’s Club

This new program is a monthly gathering for moms who have lost an infant, and want to connect with other moms in a similar situation. Please join us for a time of fellowship, tea, and encouragement. These monthly meetings are free to attend, but registration is still required.
The third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Grandparent’s Club

Grandparents are often the forgotten grievers after the loss of a child. The focus is on the bereaved parent and siblings of the child who was lost, but not grandma and grandpa. Yet grandparents often carry a double burden. They are grieving the loss of their grandchild, while at the same time trying to support their child who is hurting. Cornerstone is now offering this specific support group for grieving grandparents so that they may find a source of hope and comfort with others who share their pain of loss. The third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Holiday Grief Support

These sessions are open to anyone regardless of when your loss was or if you have previously been through a Cornerstone group. The holidays can be difficult for the bereaved. Please join us for tips on how to cope with the holidays and create a small memorial project. You may select the November session or the December session, as each month offers the same content and memorial project.

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Hope In Music Teen Support Group

Through conversation and guided trauma-informed exercises in mindfulness and meditation, participants come together to share grief experiences, emotions, and ideas. Working alongside a professional musician/songwriter in the genre of the group’s choosing, they will then collectively turn those conversations into a radio-ready song with accompanying visual art. This group is for ages 10-16 and will meet for 8 weeks.

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Men of Integrity

Pornography and sexual temptation are battles that many men face. These often result in feelings of insecurity, isolation, shame, disgust, regret and endless cycles to quit. The hope for this battle is found through meeting with a band of brothers to support one another, know the enemy, strategize tools and be properly equipped. This 8-week group will provide accountability, support and practical applications for men to support one another in the battle against pornography and sexual temptation.

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Grief Lunch Support Group

Losing a loved one has a deep impact on us emotionally, socially, mentally, physically and spiritually. But we were never meant to grieve alone. This will be an 8-week professionally led group that will help individuals process grief in healthy ways, connect with others who are also grieving, and ultimately discover practical skills for hope in their grief journey.

Lunch will be provided each week for group members. We believe sharing a meal is an important part of the grieving process.

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