Grief Support

Grief Support

The following are some tools available to assist you in your healing journey. Contact us to discuss other resources and find a personalized solution to support you on the road to healing.

365 Days of Healing

With our daily emails of comfort and hope, you will feel supported knowing we’re here to walk with you through your journey of grief.

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Just One of Many

Here’s one example of our 365 Days of Healing emails, designed to offer advice, tell stories, and otherwise help you heal.

Grief Support E-mail


Grief & Healing Resources


Local Grief Support

Grief Share 

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, it is essential that you find support and
encouragement as you return to life’s daily routines. Grief Share provides participants the
opportunity to experience their journey from grief to healing in a Christ centered small group.
Join Wes Werner of Pagenkopf Funeral Home as he leads the monthly sessions.
Grief Share begins with a 30-minute video featuring respected experts on grief-related topics and
helpful stories from people who have experienced loss. Their insights will help you manage your
emotions, gain clarity, and find answers to your questions as you walk through the grief process.
This is followed by a group discussion on a variety of grief-related topics that blend biblical
instruction and practical guidance.
Please call 262-354-1375 to register for this FREE Event
Meets the Second Monday of the month from 10:00-11:30
At the Center for Life Enrichment located at Shorehaven, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc
www.Griefshare.org to learn more about Grief Share and to locate a group near you that meets


Grief Circle: Come as you are

The death of someone you love changes your life forever and can be a long and painful journey.
Grief circles are a supportive and nourishing space to connect with your grief, share your story
and experience grief in community. While every loss is unique, having the support of others who
have experienced loss can be comforting. New ideas can emerge by listening to others. Grief
circles are ancient. For thousands of years, across different cultures and continents, people have
been coming together in circle to share in life’s joy and pain. Grief circles often make a
significant difference in helping a person channel grief toward a new wholeness. Our Grief
Circle will remind you that you are not alone.
Join our monthly Grief Circle

Dates for 2024:  July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11

Location: Pagenkopf Funeral Home
2228 N Silver Maple Lane
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
RSVP: (262) 567-4457 or pfhrsvp@gmail.com

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm
No charge


Embracing Grief

There is nothing as devastatingly painful as the loss of a loved one.  Grief is a universal experience that everyone will experience at some point in their lives, yet grief is also uniquely individual journey for every one of us.

If someone you love has died, whether it's a spouse, parent, child, or friemd; it is important to give yourself permission to grieve, and remember; your grief is unique to you.  Our culture is very good at hurrying us through our grief.  We are told "it will get better, with time, so make it short."  Most people don't know what to say or do with another person's grief.  Grief can feel very, very lonely.  We can even feel crazy at times.  After my father died, I truly thought I was going crazy.  I did not understand my grief, or the complexity of my feelings.  I remember a Hospice Social Worker shared the following; "You are not crazy; you are grieving."  Her pearl on insight, along with her kindess and deep listening shifted my entire relationship with grief.  It became a journey of embracing my grief without shame and speed.  One of the many lessons I have learned on my journey is the following; we grieve because we love; thank God we can Love.

During this difficult time you might struggle to do simple things like getting out of bed


Grief Share: Weekly grief support

Register: griefshare.org/findagroup












 Additional Grief Support

Healing Hearts of Southeast Wisconsin

Grief support groups are offered for children, teenagers, young adults, and adults led by skilled
and compassionate facilitators. These groups provide support through the challenges of grief
which help in the healing process after loss.
Register online to join a group www.healingheartswisconsin.org. For more information call
Healing Hearts at 262-751-0874.
All group programs are FREE of charge to attendees.

Web Healing – Web Healing offers grief discussion boards where you can talk with others who
are grieving or browse recommended books on grief. Please visit www.webhealing.com for more




                                             Specialized Grief Support

Kathy Ginn – Grief Companioning a holistic approach to grief support through Individual Grief
Companion Sessions. 608-334-8592; www.4riverscenter.com; kathy@4riverscenter.com

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) 877-275-6233; www.madd.org/get-help/victim-assistance

Suicide Loss Survivors www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/loss-survivors

Twinless Twins www.twinlesstwins.org







Loss of a Child


The Compassionate Friends – Whether you’ve suffered the loss of a child at any age, from any cause, or you are helping those who have gone through this life-altering experience, The
Compassionate Friends exists to provide friendship, understanding, and hope to those going
through the grieving process as a parent. Please visit www.compassionatefriends.org for more

Bereaved Parents USA – 501-681-1464; www.bereavedparentsusa.org










Funeral Basics

Reliable planning and informative articles.







       "The reality is that you will grieve forever.
You will not 'get over' the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it.
You will heal
and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered.
You will be whole again but you will never be the same.
Nor should you be the same nor would you want to."


Elisabeth Kubler - Ross


Resources for Grieving Children


Camp Hope - Camp for Grieving Children
715-341-0076 | www.camphopeforkids.org

The National Alliance for Grieving Children
866-432-1542 | www.childrengrieve.org


Children & Grief

When a loved one dies, it can be difficult to know how to help kids cope with the loss, particularly as you work through your own grief. By being open and honest, encouraging communication, and sharing your own feelings, you and your children can cope with painful times and begin your healing journey together.

The following links provide more detailed information on topics related to helping children and teens cope with loss.

When Families Grieve™

This guide was created by Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind Sesame Street. It explores children's understanding of death and offers information about communicating, ideas for coping together, and ways to move forward with your children after a loss.

More Advice

This list from Allina Health recommends children’s books that deal with death and grief. There are suggestions for children of all ages, from preschool to age 12. They also have books for different types of losses, such as the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent, friend, or pet. With these books, you can start a meaningful conversation with your child and help them understand their feelings

More Advice

Here you'll find a Huffington Post article by Judith Acosta containing advice and guidance from her book Verbal First Aid, which counsels parents on ways to help kids heal from fear and pain in a variety of situations, including the death of a loved one. If you find the advice in the article helpful, you may want to read her book for even more insight.

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