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Grief is Not a Sign of Weakness

Grief is not a sign of weakness. It is rather a fitting response to a loss, a tribute to a loved one who has died. Running away from grief postpones sorrow; clinging to grief prolongs pain. Neither approach leads to healing. Allow grief to have its way for a while; then, gradually and gently you can release yourself from its grip. Recognition of the appropriatness and the value of grief is the first step in accepting the reality of the loss. And acceptance is the first sign of recovery.

Reprinted from: Survivors Outreach Magazine

A few of the local grief services available:

Oshkosh Area Grief Resources

Affinity VNA
Grief Support Groups
 Our support groups are monthly adult gatherings for individuals and families who have experienced the death of a loved one. These groups provide a caring community in which to:
Learn about grief
Find support
Share memories
Share feelings
All groups are free to attend and no pre-registration is required.
Grief support groups meet in:

The first Tuesday of every month, 2:30 p.m.
Thompson Community Center
820 West College Avenue
There are many special opportunities to work through and understand grief better, offered throughout the year.

Neenah: For Men Only
Men Journeying through Grief:

To explore the unique reactions to grief that men experience. Join us for a home-cooked meal followed by sharing of grief information and support resources. Meetings will be held the first Wednesday of every month, 6-8pm at the Affinity Visiting Nurses office, 816 W. Winneconne Avenue, Neenah. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for meal planning purposes. Call toll-free 1-866-236-8500.

Peace Through Grief:

Looking at the many pieces of life that are affected by a loss.
6-week program provides information and support, looking at all aspects of the grief experience, including emotional, physical, spiritual and social. Pre-registration is required, to allow for ample curriculum and supplies for each participant. Please call 920-727-2000 for upcoming dates.

Additional groups, educational opportunities and memorial events are offered throughout the year.

For more information on these and other grief support opportunities, contact Deb Kosmer, bereavement coordinator, at 866-236-8500 or Deb.Kosmer@ministryhealth.org

Compassionate Friends
If you are a member of the family who has suffered the death of a child or a friend The Compassionate Friends is here to help you.

Chapter Name: The Compassionate Friends of Fox Valley
Chapter Number: 2172
(920) 268-7679
Claire Faville
Meeting Info: 4th Thursday of each month 7:00 pm
Meeting Address: Faith United Methodist Church, 1025 Tullar Rd, Neenah, WI 54956

Survivors of Suicide

Name & Mailing Address:
Community for Hope of Greater Oshkosh

Contact: 920-230-4840

Meeting Place:
United Way/Hooper Community Building, 36 Broad St.
Oshkosh, WI;

Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:
3rd Thursday of every month 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Facilitated by: Professional

Charge: No

Newsletter: Yes, monthly

Counties Served: Winnebago, Outagamie
Ages 14+ are welcome.

Name & Mailing Address:
Community for Hope 

Contact: 920-230-4840

Meeting Place:
 Immanuel United Methodist Church
401 West Fond Du Lac St.
Ripon, WI 54971 

Meeting Day(s)/Meeting Time:
1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

Facilitated by: Peer and Professional 

Charge: No 

Newsletter: Yes, monthly 

Counties Served: Marquette, Green Lake
Ages 14+ are welcome.

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