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A death in the family is, for most people, among the most serious events in their family history. The difficult changes -- emotional, spiritual, social and practical -- are not adjusted to "overnight." For most families, the funeral marks the end of a life and the beginning of a new life, adapting to the changes that loss and grief occasion.

Lynch & Sons recognizes the ongoing challenges of a death in the family and has always provided follow-up services to the bereaved among us. We serve as a referral agency to a variety of bereavement programs, from Widow-to-Widow groups, Bereaved Parents groups, Survivors of Suicide, Parents of Murdered Children, Compassionate Friends and others.

In concert with church, civic and health care groups, Lynch & Sons also provides regular programming for the newly bereaved as well as outreach programs for local schools, churches and civic organizations that want to educate and inform their members on the dynamics of grief, death and bereavement. Additionally, Lynch & Sons maintains a complete lending library of books, tapes, and videos for those interested in these topics.

There are a number of grief support groups in the local area to offer support and courage. We have listed a few of the local support groups to the side of your screen and below. Meeting times and places and more detailed information on each support group can be found by clicking on their links.


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Programs for the Bereaved
Featuring Neal F. Howald, M.A.

We realize that the loss of a loved one can be a difficult psychological, emotional and physiological experience. This experience can be shared with others who have gone through a similar transition. We strongly believe that grief shared is grief diminished. With this in mind, Lynch & Sons is sponsoring the LIFE CYCLES Survivors Support Group.

The LIFE CYCLES Program is led by our grief specialist, Neal F. Howald, M.A.

 The meetings are held from 7:30 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. at the Walled Lake United Methodist Church, located directly behind the funeral home at 340 Pontiac Trail in Walled Lake. For further information please contact Lynch & Sons Funeral Home at (248) 624-2251. ALL ARE WELCOME. This is a service provided by Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, Walled Lake at no cost.


/LynchandSons-WalledLake/BrigidLynch.jpgBrigid G. Lynch, MA, LLPC

National Certified Counselor

Life is a series of transitions, the beginning of a relationship or the birth of a baby, the loss of a job or the ending of a relationship and especially the death of a loved one. Whether joyous or sorrowful, these transitions can be challenging. Occasionally these challenges are best dealt with alone, but more often than not, assistance is needed to progress forward. Many times, support comes from family, friends, clergy or church community. However, there are times when additional assistance is required.

Brigid is a counselor specializing in these life transitions. With 20 years of experience in death and dying, Brigid has dedicated her life to helping those who are grieving. Her experience includes pre and post death assistance to families and loved ones, along with anticipatory loss and complicated grief. Brigid has spoken to many school and community groups regarding bereavement and loss. She has consulted with school personnel and coaching staff regarding suicide and traumatic loss.

Brigid received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Oakland University and is a National Certified Counselor. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Michigan Counseling Association. Brigid has an office in Farmington Hills where she maintains a part-time practice.  She may be reached through our office at (248) 624-2251 or directly at (248) 330-2474.

PLEASE NOTE: Our Life Cycles support group facilitated by Neal Howald is a free service available to any in need of this service. Brigid's "one to one" counseling sessions are referred by us but the financial arrangements are between Brigid and her client.


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Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital
Commerce Township

Third Thursday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m.
Grief counseling for families who have suffered a pregnancy or newborn loss. Please call (248) 937-4847 for more information.


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ompassionate Care and Understanding During Loss

Henry Ford Hospital West Bloomfield

Third Thursday of every month at 7 PM
Henry Ford Self-Health Center
39630 Fourteen Mile Rd.
Walled Lake

For more information:
Phone: 248-325-0424


New Hope Center for Grief Support

New Hope Center for Grief Support is dedicated to providing grief support services to adults and children who are grieving after the death of a loved one.

Parents of Hope--Hosted by Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 9455 Hilton Rd., Brighton. This group is on-going and meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7pm-8:30pm.  Phone: 248-348-0115


Common Ground

Survivors of Suicide Open Group

Common Ground Survivors of Suicide Open Group This open support group offers comfort, strength and hope to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, from 7-9 PM, at Common Ground's Administration located at 1410 S. Telegraph Bloomfield Hills, MI 48341 The Survivors of Suicide Closed Support Group runs 3x a year for 6-weeks. Call or email for more information.

For additional information please contact Amelia Lehto at 248-451-2613
or e-mail

CRISIS LINE: 800-231-1127


Home & Hospice Advantage

Home and Hospice Advantage offers a walk in grief support group to anyone who has lost a loved one.  The group is held on Thursdays from 1 PM to 3 PM at the Flint Township Senior Center at 2071 South Graham Rd., Flint, MI 48532. The group is facilitated by Garry Yeager.

Questions regarding the group can be directed to the Bereavement Coordinator, Lynn Warth at (810) 733-9974 or at

Grief Support Group sponsored by Lynch & Sons

Facilitated by Brigid G. Lynch, MA, LPC, Grief Counselor. The group will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 11:30am-1pm in the Bingham Office Park, 30300 Telegraph Road (East side of Telegraph, South of 13 Mile Road), Suite 125, Beverly Hills. There is no charge and registration is not required. This is an open group and all are welcome. For questions or information, please call Brigid at (248) 330-2474.


Loss & Grief Support Group St. Mary Catholic Church

1955 E. Commerce, Milford
(248) 685-1482
Contacts: Marisa Vitali (248) 722-0402  |  Pat Zoch (248) 360-6666

Daytime Loss and Grief Support Group is starting at St. Mary, Our lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Milford, Michigan.

Milford United Methodist Church
1200 Atlantic Street

Milford Social Activities: A variety of social activities and events for seniors are held throughout each month with schedules published in our monthly newsletters.

Contacts: Marilyn (248) 685-2462  |  Pat (248) 444-0177  |  Kathy (248) 486-575


Grief Share and Divorce Care Support Groups

Are you hurting and in need of the loving support of those who understand? Our experienced leaders offer free weekly meetings and free childcare in a confidential, caring atmosphere. The Grief Share and Divorce Care Support Groups meet on Monday evenings. Meetings will be held in the two end rooms in the East Wing of the church at 7:00pm.

Angela Hospice

Bereavement Care & Grief Support Services


Arbor Hospice

With offices in Ann Arbor, Plymouth, Woodhaven and Monroe, Arbor Hospice offers an extensive range of grief support programs. Phone 1.888.992.2273 for further information.


New Hope Center for Grief Support

Dedicated to providing grief support services to adults and children who are grieving after the death of a loved one.

New Hope for Kids & Teens -  3 to 18 years.
Circle of Hope-Young widows and widowers.
Starting Again - widows & widowers who are facing an empty nest.
Wayfarers - Semi-retired or retired widows and widowers.
Parents of Hope - Loss of a Child.

New Hope Center for Grief Support
315 Griswold, Northville, Michigan 48167
Map & Directions

Phone: 248-348-0115

New Hope Grief Support groups and Seminars meet locally at:
First United Methodist Church of Brighton
400 E. Grand River Ave., Brighton
Map & Directions


The Kite Network

The kite network is a peer support organization. Our counselors are volunteers from the community who have traveled on their own personal grief journeys, and who have been trained to provide a supportive presence to our clients.

The American Red Cross Building

4624 Packard Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734-975-0238


Compassionate Friends

Supporting Family After a Child Dies
Ann Arbor Chapter #1382

Valerie: 734-769-0496
Meeting Info: 3rd Sunday of each month 2:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
1432 Washtenaw Ave
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Common Ground

Survivors of Suicide Open Group
This open support group offers comfort, strength and hope to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, from 7-9 PM, at Royal Oak Beaumont's Administration Building.

For additional information please contact Shawn Force at 248-456-2611 or email:

CRISIS LINE: 800-231-1127


Beaumont Hospice

1200 Stephenson Hwy.
1st & 3rd Thursday of the month, 1-2:30pm.  
Drop-in support group meeting,  no need to register in advance.  For further information please call, 248-743-9415


Ele's Place: A Healing Center for Grieving Children

A group for children and youth between 5 and 18 years of age who have experienced the death of a loved one.


ASHLEY’s Friends – Birmingham Location

First United Methodist Church
1589 W. Maple Rd
Map & Directions

ASHLEY’s Friends – Howell Location

Kenedy Center
1875 N. Eager Road
Howell, MI 45897, north of M-59
Map & Directions

Contact: Dr. Dawn Koger 248-797-6923


Cornerstone Church of Highland

4995 North Hickory Ridge Road
Highland, MI 48357
Phone: 248-887-1600
GriefShare Seminars and Support Groups
Meet within Cornerstone Fellowship Hall.

GriefShare includes a video seminar, group discussion and workbook at the cost of $15.00 for each 14 week program. Phone 248-921-9434 to learn about when the session begins.


Cornerstone Evangelical Presbyterian Church--Brighton

9455 Hilton Road, Brighton


GriefShare--A Grief Recovery Support    Monday evenings at 7 PM begining February 18th for 13 weeks. Call Karen Leaf 810-494-4013 or