Grief is any reaction to a loss. We believe it is important to honor the experience of grief and find healthy ways to outwardly express it, a process known as mourning.
Grief does not look the same for any two people, and there is no formulaic timeline. Some people find they need more support immediately following a death, and others find they need more support in the years following a death. At Lumina, grief support is available to anyone in the community at no cost.
Lumina offers a variety of grief support programs so that everyone in the community has a safe place to explore and share their grief reactions.
Our grief support is offered free-of-charge to anyone in the community grieving the loss of a loved one, regardless of when, where, or how the death occurred, or connection to hospice.
To participate or learn more about what type of support may be right for you, contact our Bereavement Coordinator.
Counseling & Groups
Meet one-on-one with a grief counselor to receive confidential, individualized support.
Drop-In Grief Support Group
Join a network of fellow grievers and explore a different topic each session guided by a grief support counselor. There is no commitment, just join us when you need support. Examples of topics: what is helpful and unhelpful in grief, listening to your instincts, how to outwardly express grief, and coping with grief during the holidays.
Family & Child Grief Support Group
Family Grief Group creates a safe place where all family members come together to explore, express and learn about their grief, and connect with other children and parents who are grieving. Family Grief Group meets monthly and utilizes art, play, movement, and other tools to help children and parents find common ground in their loss, and to support each other.
Grief Education & Support Group Series
Grief Education and Support Group is a structured group where participants commit to an eight-week series. Participants are with the same cohort for the eight weeks. Each session includes a presentation on a topic such as changes experienced in bereavement and practical tips on coping with grief, followed by group discussion and sharing of experiences.
Lumina offers several memorial services each year. These services provide the community with an opportunity to honor and remember the lives of those who have died through action like lighting candles in their memory, reading their names aloud, and participating in a remembrance ceremony.
Community Grief Outreach and Education
Lumina supports the community at large by offering assistance to local schools, businesses, and faith-based organizations who are experiencing grief in their community. A grief support expert can offer specialized group counseling or training to help those in the community impacted by a death.
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations For Working Through Grief, by Martha Hickmore Whitman
This book provides a quote or anchoring thought and then a short paragraph about how this quote or thought pertains to grief. Grief often impacts our ability to concentrate—and these short passages seem to be just the right length. Easy to absorb and helpful in centering our swirl of thoughts and feelings in grief.
It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand, by Megan Divine
Megan Devine comes at the grief experience from both sides: she is a therapist who also experienced profound grief after the accidental death of her partner.
She challenges our cultural ideas about grief being something to overcome and suggests that instead we learn to accept grief as a companion. This is easy to read and very down to earth.
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Cheryl Sandburg
Cheryl Sandburg writes about the grief she experienced after the sudden death of her husband. She explores the ways that grief impacted her, and how she began to slowly find meaning in her life again. She frames this as “making the most out of Option B, even though what she really wanted was Option A.” It is a well-written book that examines the idea of resilience but also honors the impact of grief and loss.
Provides support and training locally, nationally, and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children who are grieving.
Provides seminars, resources, online workshops, and grief educator certification training.
Online community and resource that helps people survive some of the hardest experiences of their lives.
Promotes grief education, exploration, and expression in both practical and creative ways.