What is a Support Group? Who Might Benefit?
Where can I find one?
The answers to these questions may prove helpful to you and your family in the months ahead. A support group is a self-help group run by and for people who have common problems or life situation. One of the benefits of a support group is that it provides a place where one can talk with other people who have had a similar experience. The realization that you are not alone can be a great comfort. People in support groups can learn solutions from each other, new ways of coping and new reasons for hoping.
Below are contact sources for information on locals support Groups
SELF-HELP GROUP CLEARINGHOUSE: For help in finding a support group for any type of bereavement circumstance. The clearinghouse can advise you on the details of local self-help groups near you to meet your needs. For guidance throughout the New Jersey area call 1-800-367-6274.
COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS: A National Organization dedicated to mutual support for parents bereaving the death of a child of any age. PO box 3696 Oak Brook, IL 60522. Calling Compassionate Friend’s referral service at (630) 990-0010 guides you to a local chapter in your area.
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS: A national Organization dedicated to the service of newly widowed person of any age. 601 E. St., N W Washington, DC 20049. Calling AARP’s referral service at (202) 434-2277 guides you to a local support network.
YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL: The Social Worker Department of your local hospital can provide you and your family with information about current local support groups.
PLEASE REMEMBER: We have compiled this list of self-help references in the hope they may be of assistance to you and your family. If we can be of further assistance to you and your family, please contact us.