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Support Groups

Upcoming Bereavement Offerings


Shadow Steppers  
This is an open ended group (each individual may start the group and end the group whenever they choose) facilitated by a Caring Circle Bereavement Coordinator that meets once each month for 1 ½ hours.  All who are traveling through their grief journey are invited to take part in the healing process within this comforting supportive environment.   
2nd Monday of every month                           3:30-5:00pm             South Haven - Caring Circle
2nd Tuesday of every month                          2:30-4:00pm              Buchanan Senior Center,
                                                                                                        810 Rynearson Rd., Buchanan, MI
3rd Wednesday of every month                     3:30-5:00pm              St. Joseph - Caring Circle





Hope and Healing
This is an open-ended group facilitated by a Caring Circle Bereavement Coordinator that meets twice a month. This group is open to any adult who is grieving a loss, whether newly bereaved or further along in the grief journey.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month              4:30-6:00pm           Lakeland Hospital,
                                                                                                      Community Room, St. Joseph, MI


Walking Group
South Haven - Lace up your walking shoes and join Caring Circle staff and friends. This is an open group and participants are not required to pre-register or attend weekly. This is an adult-only group. For more information call Andy Thompson (269) 429-7100.
Every Tuesday, October 17 to April 24           3:45pm                   South Haven High School                                                                                                                                    600 Elkenburg, South Haven, MI

Explore the neighborhood around/near South Beach in South Haven with Caring Circle staff and new friends. The routes and distance will vary, but all groups will meet at Kids Corner by the picnic tables on South Haven Street unless otherwise specified. This is a an open group and participants are not required to pre-register or attend weekly. This is an adult-only group. For more information call Andy Thompson (269) 429-7100.
Every Tuesday, May 1 to October  9, 2018            10:00am             Kids Corner Park, South Haven

Bridgman - Lace up your walking shoes and join Caring Circle staff and friends. This is an open group and participants are not required to pre-register or attend weekly. This is an adult-only group. For more information call Jaime Hoover (269) 429-7100.
Every Wednesday, January 10 to April 25, 2018   3:30-4:30pm        F.C. Reed Middle School
                                                                                                         10254 California Rd., Bridgman, MI

Explore the area from the Bridgman Public Library to Weko Beach. The route will follow Lake Street into Weko Beach and alternate routes within the park are available. All groups begin at the South Parking lot at Bridgman Library. This is an open group and there is no need to pre-register or attend all sessions. This is an adult-only group. For more information call Jaime Hoover (269) 429-7100.
Every Thursday, May 3 to October 11, 2018           9:30am              Bridgman Public Library
                                                                                                          4460 Lake Street, Bridgman, MI



Good Grief
“Good Grief” covers topics such as why you feel the way you do; how to cope with loss, guilt and regret; and finding a sense of peace.  Each seven-week session meets for one hour and thirty minutes of meaningful information and sharing.
Spring Sessions
Tuesdays, May 1 - June 12                     3:30-5:00pm                       St. Joseph - Caring Circle
Thursdays, May 3 - June 14                    3:30-5:00pm                      Niles/Buchanan - Caring Circle
Fridays, May 4 - June 15                         2:00-3:30pm                      South Haven - Caring Circle



Celebration of Life Services
Our services honor patients and families served by the organization, as well as community members who have died in the previous year. These non-denominational programs are open to the public with a time of fellowship at a reception following the service.
Tuesday, April 10                6:30pm        Peace Lutheran Church                                                                
                                                                06321 Blue Star Memorial Hwy. South Haven, MI
Thursday, April 12               6:30pm       St. Joseph - Caring Circle
Monday, April 16                 6:30pm       Summit Church,
                                                               1700 West River Rd. Niles, MI



Cooking for Men
We will have lots of class participation and wonderful foods to taste.  Everyone will receive handouts to take home so you won’t have to remember everything from class.  The cost for the class is $10, due the day of class.  Please note we must have a minimum of 6 people signed up to hold the class. Space is limited and you are required to RSVP.  Please contact Jaime Hoover 269-429-7100 for more information. 
Tuesday, April 24                   3:00pm-5:00pm      Buchanan Senior Center
                                                                        810 Rynearson St, Buchanan, MI 49107

Write Out Our Grief
This is a writing opportunity for adults who are coping with a loss. It will take place in a nonjudgmental, supportive environment at the Caring Circle office building. No experience necessary. You will be encouraged to share, however ALL SHARING is optional. For more information or to RSVP, call Andy Thompson, Bereavement Care Coordinator at (269) 429-7100.
Wednesdays, June 6 through June 20 2:00-4:00pm St. Joseph - Caring Circle



Memory Stones
This special event will give participants the opportunity to create a garden memory stone in honor of their loved ones.  All the supplies needed to create the garden memory stone will be provided.  Participants are also encouraged to bring their own items to decorate the memory stone.  Items such as: glass stones, marbles, mosaic tiles, scrabble letters, and anything that can withstand the outdoor elements.  The first meeting will be focused on creating the garden memory stone.  The second meeting will give participants the opportunity to share about their garden memory stone. Space is limited to 12 participants, RSVP is required.  Please contact Jaime Hoover at 269-429-7100 to register and for any additional questions. 
July 23 and 30 3:00-5:00pm St. Joseph - Caring Circle



The bereavement programs and services provided by Caring Circle and Lory’s Place are made possible through the generosity of our many donors and volunteers and are provided to all at no cost, as a community service.

Download a Calendar With Upcoming Bereavement Events

2018 January - June Bereavement Calendar

If you would like information on Lory's Place Programming please contact Lory's Place at (269) 983-2707.

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