At some point each of us will be touched by the death of someone we care about. Whether they are very close to us, or just a casual acquaintance; whether they die suddenly and unexpectedly, or gradually from a lengthy illness, the emotional storm that follows can sometimes be difficult to face.
The Pastoral Care staff of MUSC Health realizes that people deal with death in a variety of ways. While there are certain commonalities, each one’s grief is an individual experience. There is no formula for either how or how long one grieves. And sometimes, when we feel we are making great progress in the healing process, we can suddenly find ourselves seemingly at square one, as if it has all just occurred.
We have compiled the following list of resources to help those who have lost a loved one, or perhaps are facing potential loss. You may find help and the answers to your questions simply by reading from these materials, or you may wish to get involved in a support group. We encourage you to explore these websites and resources at your leisure.
Your pain is real, but there is hope.
"It is not length of life, but depth of life." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Grief Support Groups for Adults
Hope & Healing – Grief Support Group – Meets every Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Trident H2U Building – 9304 Medical Plaza Drive North Charleston, 843-529-3100, Melvina Pringle - Coordinator.
Survivors of Homicide Support Group – Meets second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on the first and third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in West Ashley, North Charleston, and downtown Charleston.
Call for location: Charleston County Sheriff’s Office - Easter LaRoche at 843-745-2250; MUSC National Crime Victims Center – Alyssa Rheingold at 843-792-8209.
Families of Highway Fatalities – Peer support and periodic programs. Sherri Iacobelli at 803-896-7920. Sponsored by SC Department of Public Safety.
Grief Support Groups for Parents
Compassionate Friends – We have two entries for Compassionate Friends: Summerville and Charleston chapters. Support for parents, grandparents and adult siblings after the death of a child.
- The Summerville chapter meets the third Monday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 119-B W. Luke Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483.
Contact person: Becky Sharpe 770-568-9718; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Charleston chapter meets the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, 1393 Miles Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.
Contact person: Susan 843-763-6362 or 843-708-1360. An annual worldwide candle lighting is held each December.
Tender Memories Perinatal Loss Support Group – The Tender Memories Perinatal Loss Support Group helps men and women deal with grief and depression they feel after losing a pregnancy. This free group, led by obstetric nurses trained in pregnancy bereavement issues, meets the second and fourth Monday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Prenatal Wellness Center, 135 Cannon Street, Suite 202, in Charleston, SC. Please call 843-792-6395 for more information.
Missing Grace Foundation – Pre-natal and neo-natal loss foundation. Visit their website.
Grief Support Groups for Children & Adolescents
Shannon’s Hope – Weekend camp for ages 6 to 15 in Tri-county area. Spring and fall sessions at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island. Call Bridges for End-of-Life for information at 843-216-7323.
Camp Happy Days – Special events for children living with cancer and survivors (siblings and parents). Week-long annual camp at Camp Bob Cooper in Manning, SC. Call 843-571-4336.
Suicide Prevention & Suicide Resources
Survivors of Suicide Support Group
Meets the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Heartland of West Ashley, a short term rehab facility at 1137 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
Support Group Contact: Charlotte Anderson, 843-693-1343.
- Memorials for various types of deaths - Gone Too Soon website
- Adversity support website - Living with Heart
- St. Luke's Chapel
- The Revised Common Lectionary
- The Hastings Center
- The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
- The National Association of Catholic Chaplains
- The Association of Professional Chaplains
- Oates Institute
- Compassion Books
- Lowcountry Pastoral Counseling Center
- Spiritual Care Association
- Elena Bell, LISW-CP, ACSW, a local counselor specializing in Loss and Grief