Hope Healing Hearts Grief Support

Hope Healing Hearts

The loss of a loved one can be devastating, but help is available through Hope Healing Hearts. For more than 40 years, our grief counseling has been provided at no charge to people of all ages in Southwest Florida. Help us provide compassionate bereavement support by making a gift at MoreHope.org today.

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Zoom Support Groups

About Our Grief Support Groups

  • Hope’s professional counselors maintain the highest standards of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Our grief support is provided virtually through Zoom unless otherwise indicated below.
  • Both in-person and virtual class sizes are limited.
  • Please connect with a counselor in advance to participate.
  • Groups do not meet on major holidays, and schedules are subject to change.

Adult Grief Support Groups

People ages 18 and older who have lost a loved one will find renewed hope through our grief support groups. Through these experiences, you may discover fresh insights and relieve your feelings of isolation. Share your journey with others while exploring new skills for coping with the difficult experience of loss. All groups are 90 minutes long.

In-Person Groups
Cape Coral
Mondays & Thursdays 1:30pm
with Jessica:

Bonita Springs
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am
with Renee:

Lehigh Acres
Tuesday 2pm
with Nikki:

Zoom Groups
Wednesdays 10am
with Nikki:

Tuesdays 6pm
with Lorrie:

Thursdays 6pm
with Mindy:

After the Storm Support Group

After the Storm: Coping with Disaster

After Ian, you may have lost your home, a beloved pet, your business, or the treasures of a lifetime. How do you grieve these missing pieces of your life while starting to rebuild?

Share your stories, learn ways to cope, and engage with other Southwest Florida residents in a safe space. Feel supported, understood, and accepted without judgment. Everyone’s timeline is different, but as a community we can bear anything if we don’t have to do it alone. Please join us as we begin to heal after the storm.

Groups start November 2022

Virtual Support Group
1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 2 PM
with Lorrie: 239-985-7716

In-Person Support Group
2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 10 AM
2430 Diplomat Pkwy. E, Cape Coral
with Tricia: 239-322-4867

Grief Movement

Grief Movement Group

Pain and struggle can get stuck in our bodies. Consider this special opportunity to explore ways of physically releasing your grief. Our Grief Movement Group is designed to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. Gentle stretches – ideal for people of all ages and mobility levels – will be done in a seated position from a chair. We encourage you to talk to your doctor before starting any new physical activity. Nourish your mind, body, and spirit with us.

Grief Movement Group
Held virtually on Zoom
2nd and 4th Fridays 10:30am-11:30am
with Mindy: 239-656-3241

Loss After Suicide Support Group

Healing Survivors of Suicide

Hope helps people who have lost a loved one through suicide, recognizing that this experience is different from losing someone through other causes. You may feel deep feelings of abandonment or guilt as well as intense anger or sadness. Discover a safe place to explore these feelings and to raise questions and doubts.

Healing Survivors of Suicide Group
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 1:30pm – 3pm
with Mindy: 239-656-3241

Men’s Grief Toolkit

Men face their own set of challenges while moving through grief. Special group topics will include strategies for dealing with isolation, anger, fear, and other difficult emotions. You can explore, refine, and share these practical skills with your fellow group members as you develop your own Grief Toolkit.

Men’s Grief Toolkit for Ages 18 and Up
1st and 3rd Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
with David: 239-284-9926

Young Widows and Widowers

Young Widows and Widowers

This group is for people age 55 and younger who have lost a spouse or partner. In the prime of life, relationships are a cornerstone of our identity; your partner’s dreams are intertwined with your own, with hopes of many years to come. Young people may not know anyone in their social circle with a similar loss, but you will find help here.

Young Widows and Widowers
1st and 3rd Mondays 6pm – 7:30pm
with Mindy: 239-656-3241

LGBT Support Group

LGBTQ+ Support Group

The grief of losing a partner may be shaped by the ways that your relationship was disclosed or acknowledged. Mourning the loss of family members or loved ones can also be impacted by your unique circumstances. If you faced instances of homophobia, hostility, or exclusion, these stressors will be addressed. Please join us for a safe place to grieve your loss with a caring community that welcomes people of all backgrounds.

LGBTQ+ Group
Wednesdays 12pm-1:30pm
with Nikki: 239-415-7219

Loss of a Parent

Loss of a Parent

One of the most universal experiences of bereavement is the loss of a mother, father, or grandparent. Although we may anticipate this loss in an abstract way, it can be difficult to cope with the profound and transformative life changes after death occurs. Adult children ages 18 and up can find the help they need to cope with the loss of a parent in this support group.

Loss of a Parent Support Group
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 6pm – 7:30pm
with Janetta: 239-333-4245

Loss of a Sibling

Loss of a Sibling

The pain of losing an adult sibling often goes unrecognized. Concerned family members and friends may focus their sympathy on parents, spouses, or children. If you have lost a beloved brother or sister, your grief can be painful and isolating. A bond between siblings is based on your shared history, and it’s a relationship you likely expected to continue for a lifetime. Join us to honor your lost sibling and find new meaning.

Sibling Loss Group
2nd and 4th Wednesdays 6pm – 7:30pm
with David: 239-284-9926

Bereaved Parents

Bereaved Moms

After the loss of a child, it’s difficult to know where to turn. You may feel that no one understands your grief. During your struggle, you may need a special place to ease your pain. Our groups offer a safe haven where you can feel heard and understood by fellow members who have walked your path. Please note: Bereaved Moms is open to mothers and grandmothers who have lost a child within the past two years.

Loss of a Child Over the Age of 12
Virtual, 1st and 3rd Mondays
11am – 12:30pm
with Lorrie: 239-985-7716

Loss of a Child Under the Age of 12
1st and 3rd Mondays
11am –12:30pm
In-Person, Lehigh Acres
with Janetta: 239-333-4245

Perinatal Loss

Perinatal Loss Group

This group is open to women who have experienced miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or failed attempts with reproductive technology. Unlike most bereavement, there are few rituals to mourn perinatal loss. Your grief may be unrecognized or unacknowledged by others, but we welcome you to share your story with us.

Perinatal Loss Group
2nd & 4th Mondays 6pm – 7:30pm
with Lorrie: 239-985-7716

Children’s Grief Counseling

Our supportive counselors help children who are coping with complex emotions after loss. In gentle, often play-filled sessions, we personalize our therapy to reflect each child’s abilities and unique communication style. With our guidance, kids will be able to express their thoughts, feelings, and emotions in an age-appropriate way. Children ages 6-17 may also benefit from the special opportunities available at Rainbow Trails Camp.

Grief Support for Children and Teens
Contact Mindy: 239-656-3241

Caregiver Support

Caregiver Support Group

Caring for a loved one who is seriously ill or elderly can physically or emotionally overwhelming. To be an effective caregiver, it’s vital to take care of yourself as well. Discover ways to nourish your spirit and increase your energy through self-care practices. We’ll share tools and resources to minimize stress and anxiety.

Caregiver Support Group
1st & 3rd Wednesdays 2pm – 3:30pm
with Jessica: 239-478-7674

Next Steps in Grief: Loss Over Time

After coping with the immediate aftermath of grief, we may be able to find new purpose and even joy in life. Learn skills and strategies to encourage hope, to readjust to the new normal, and to imagine a more promising future ahead. After we have reached acceptance, we can begin another step of our bereavement journey – finding meaning in our loss. Special topics include dating, companionship, volunteering, and more.

Next Steps in Grief
1st Tuesday of the month, 6pm – 7:30pm
with Janetta: 239-333-4245

Pet Loss Support Group

Pet Loss Support Group

Pets offer us companionship, comfort, and unconditional love. It’s normal to grieve the loss of a loyal, affectionate friend, who has often been with us through difficult times. If you are struggling with the loss of a beloved pet, join this special group to discuss your feelings with people who understand.

Pet Loss Support Group
Third Thursdays 4:00 p.m.
with Tricia: 239-985-2485

Spanish Support Group

Servicios de apoyo emocional

Nuestro apoyo de duelo está disponible en Español. Puede sentir que nadie comprende su dolor. Durante este tiempo, es posible que necesite ayuda especial para aliviar su dolor. Hope Healing Hearts ofrece un lugar seguro donde puedes hablar libremente y brinda apoyo gratuito para personas de todas las edades que viven en el suroeste de Florida..

Grupo de Duelo
con David: 239-284-9926

Crisis Support

Crisis Support

Emotional support after a traumatic incident is most effective when it is provided quickly and directly by skilled, compassionate counselors. With our help, witnesses and victims can begin to address a confusing and complex variety of emotions. Support is available for schools, workplaces, and community organizations in southwest Florida.

Get Urgent Help after Trauma, Violence, or Natural Disaster
Contact Michelle: 239-489-9189