Virtual Touch Programs

Wesley Lawton, Grief Support Services Manager, conducts a virtual support group 

Providing bereavement support to the communities we support remains a priority as we continue to abide by COVID-19 safety protocols. Hospice of Michigan is pleased to offer several opportunities to join virtual grief support groups to help keep you connected and supported during these uncertain times.

Joining a virtual group is very simple - you can join by phone or by computer.

Please feel free to join any of the virtual support group options - you are welcome to join more than one.

We are also glad to offer the return of some face-to-face opportunities. Safety measures will be in place for all in-person groups if you wish to participate.

Please contact the Grief Support Services Manager leading the group you would like to attend. They will provide you with the information needed to participate.

We recognize that these challenging times can impact our grief and hope you will consider attending.


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Men Overcoming Loss (Virtual)

These online support groups are designed for men who are dealing with the death of a loved one. Join virtually from your computer or mobile device.
Men Overcoming Loss: General (Virtual only)
Designed for men grieving any type of loss.
1st Tuesday of the month | 6pm-7:30pm
RSVP with Will Gasper • 231-444-3350 • wgasper@hom.org

Men Overcoming Loss: Grieving Dads (Virtual & In-Person)
1st Wednesday of the month | 6:30pm-7:30pm
Hospice of Michigan, 400 Perry Ave., Big Rapids
RSVP with David Keller • 231-527-0913 • dkeller@hom.org

Men Overcoming Loss: General (In-Person)
Designed for men grieving any type of loss.
2nd Wednesday of the month; begins in Sept. | 1pm-2:30pm
American Legion, 658 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids
RSVP with Holly DeVivo • 616-356-5255 • hdevivo@hom.org

Men Overcoming Loss: Partner/Spouse (Virtual & In-Person)
3rd Tuesday of the month | 6pm-7:30pm
Hospice of Michigan, 39531 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp
RSVP with Wes Lawton • 586-263-8514 • wlawton@hom.org

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GRIEF AFTER DEMENTIA (Virtual only)

For anyone who has lost someone to Alzheimer’s Disease or other type of dementia. In partnership with Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter.
2nd Tuesday of the month | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
RSVP with Holly DeVivo • 616-356-5255 • hdevivo@hom.org

LUNCH BUNCH (In-Person)

The Lunch Bunch is a meal-centered social group for individuals who have lost a spouse or partner and are interested in sharing a meal together. Each group meets monthly at a different restaurant in Oakland County. If you are interested in meeting some new friends and sharing a meal with other widows and widowers, please contact us for more information. 
2nd Wednesday of the month; begins in Sept. | 11:30am - 1pm
Oakland County Restaurant
RSVP with Cindy Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org

FLY AND REMEMBER (In-Person)

Remember the fond memories you shared with your loved one by personalizing and flying a kite in their honor. All families who have experienced the loss of a loved one are welcome. Kite and all materials will be provided at no cost. The event will feature music, a short program and some of our furry pet volunteers. Hot dogs and light snacks are provided. Feel free to bring your own picnic basket. 
Saturday, September 10, 2022 | 10am - 12pm
Starr JC Park, 1321 West 13 Mile Rd., Royal Oak
RSVP with Cindy Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org


Living On

The focus of Living On groups is to express feelings and experiences related to the loss in a supportive, caring, and non-judgmental environment. Grief and loss topics are addressed as they arise, depending on the interests of those attending the group.

In-Person Groups

3rd Tuesday of the month | 1pm - 2:30pm
Eton Senior Recreation Center, 4900 Pardee Ave., Dearborn Heights
RSVP with Jackie Morris • 313-578-6328 • jmorris@hom.org

2nd Friday of the month | 11:30am - 1pm
Woodhaven Community Center, 23101 Hall Rd., Woodhaven
RSVP with Jackie Morris • 313-578-6328 • jmorris@hom.org

3rd Friday of the month | 10:30am - 11:30am
Royal Oak Senior Center, 3500 Marais, Royal Oak
RSVP with Cynthia Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org

In-Person Groups with Virtual Option (Zoom)

4th Monday of the month | 2pm - 3:15pm
Hospice of Michigan, 39531 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp
RSVP with Wes Lawton • 586-263-8514 • wlawton@hom.org

1st Tuesday of the month | 6pm - 7:30pm
Hospice of Michigan, 43097 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills
RSVP with Cynthia Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org

2nd Tuesday of the month | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hospice of Michigan, 400 Perry Ave., Big Rapids
RSVP with David Keller • 231-527-0913 • dkeller@hom.org

2nd Wednesday of the month | 1pm - 2:30pm
Hospice of Michigan, 932 N. Mitchell St., Cadillac
RSVP with Will Gasper • 231-444-3350 • wgasper@hom.org

Virtual only (Zoom)

1st and 3rd Thursday of the month | 1:30pm - 3pm
RSVP with Jackie Morris • 313-578-6328 • jmorris@hom.org

1st Friday of the month | 10:30am - 11:30am
RSVP with Cynthia Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org

Living On – Young Adults

An open, ongoing group for people in their 20s and 30s. Facilitated by Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan Grief Counselors.
1st Monday of the month | 6pm – 7:15pm
RSVP with Wes Lawton • 586-263-8514 • wlawton@hom.org

Living On – Young Adults Coffee Hour (Virtual only)

For participants of Living On - Young Adults, gather virtually with others in their 20s-30s who are also working their way through grief. Casual, open, and supportive. Bringing coffee, tea, breakfast, etc. is encouraged. Registration is required. Facilitated by Arbor Hospice and Hospice of Michigan Grief Counselors.
3rd Saturday of the month | 10am – 11am
RSVP with Wes Lawton • 586-263-8514 • wlawton@hom.org

Living On – Adult Loss of Parent (Virtual only)

When you lose your parent as an adult, there is much to do: contact family, organize a funeral, and go through your parent’s belongings. This program will provide education on the grief process and will facilitate conversations focused on sharing of feelings, experiences and coping strategies.
4th Tuesday & 2nd Wednesday of the month | 6:30pm – 7:30pm
RSVP with David Keller at 231-527-0913 | dkeller@hom.org

Living On – Loss of Adult Child (Virtual only)

An open, ongoing group for people who have lost an Adult Child.
2nd Thursday of the month | 10:30am – 11:45am
RSVP with David Keller at 231-527-0913 | dkeller@hom.org

Living On – Loss of Adult Child (Virtual only)

An open, ongoing group for people who have lost an Adult Child.
2nd Thursday of the month | 10:30am – 11:45am
RSVP with David Keller • 231-527-0913 • dkeller@hom.org

Living On – Loss of Spouse or Partner (Virtual only)

Come and share, or simply listen, as we discuss the various intricacies and many facets of grief after the loss of a spouse/partner.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month; begins in Sept. | 6pm – 7:15pm
RSVP with Stacy Malenfant • 989-358-4295 • smalenfa@hom.org

2nd and 4th Thursday of the month | 2pm – 3:15pm
RSVP with Kjirsten Boeve • 231-929-1557 • kboeve@hom.org


SEMINARS AND SPECIAL SERIES

Series-Journey Through Grief (In-Person)

The purpose of this four-week series is to provide an understanding of what we may experience as we grieve the death of a loved one. To know that we are not alone, that others feel as we do, may provide assurance and assist us in healing.
Every Wednesday; Oct. 12th thru Nov. 2nd | 6pm - 7:30pm
Hospice of Michigan, 43097 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
RSVP with Cindy Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org

Mindfulness and Grief (Virtual & In-Person)

In this two session seminar, attendees will learn about basic mindfulness techniques and how they can be utilized as effective wellness and coping tools while on the grief journey. Each session will include time to practice techniques as a group, and for processing and sharing. Please plan to attend both sessions. Registration is required. 
Thursdays, Oct. 6 and 13, 2022 | 6pm - 7:15pm
Hospice of Michigan, 39531 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp
RSVP with Karen Monts • 313-578-6326 • kmonts@hom.org

Grief Journey - Care Mapping Series (In-Person)

A light meal will be provided. Markers and paper will be provided and we will utilize a unique system of drawing and colors to help us identify our support system, how environment effects our grief, and our individual needs. You do not need to be an artist.
Every Wednesday; Oct. 26th thru Nov. 16th | 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Hospice of Michigan, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor
RSVP with Karen Monts • 313-578-6326 • kmonts@hom.org

Hope for the Holidays (In-Person)

This program is designed to offer support to those who are grieving the death of a loved one during a season of memories, family, and traditions. Specific strategies for handling the holiday season will be discussed.
Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 | 11:30am - 1pm
Woodhaven Community Center, 23101 Hall Rd., Woodhaven
RSVP with Jackie Morris • 313-578-6328 • jmorris@hom.org

Hope for the Holidays (Virtual only)

A supportive program providing information, encouragement, and hope as you journey through this holiday season.
Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 | 10:30am - 11:30am
RSVP with Cindy Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org
Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
RSVP with David Keller • 231-527-0913 • dkeller@hom.org

Hope for the Holidays (Virtual & In-Person)

A supportive program providing information, encouragement, and hope as you journey through this holiday season.
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022 | 6pm - 7pm
Hospice of Michigan, 43097 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills
RSVP with Cindy Palmer • 248-334-1323 • cpalmer@hom.org