Support Groups


Phone No. 1-800-342-AIDS


Widows Group
We currently don't have information about a local group.  

Vehicular Homicide

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Phone No. (800) GET-MADD


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
Phone No. 1-800-273-Talk (8255)

Survivors of Suicide
Crisis Intervention Center of Stark County 2421 13th Street N.W. Canton, OH 44708 Contact: Carole Vesley, M.A., L.S.W., (330) 452-6000, Every Wednesday 6-8PM

Death of an Infant Child

National SIDS Resource Center
Phone No. 1-866-866-7437
 Monday-Friday 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Coping with Pregnancy
Mount Carmel Hospice and Evergreen Center
Columbus, Ohio
Phone No. (614) 234-0200

Bereaved Parents of the USA 
Mahoning County Chapter
Youngstown, Ohio
Phone No. 330-770-2686

The Compassionate Friends 
(330) 833-4709
Meeting Info: 4th Tuesday of each month 7:00 pm
Meeting Address: North Canton Medical Foundation (Bldg A)
6046 Whipple Ave NW
Canton, OH 44720

Local Support Groups

Aultman Hospice and Grief Support Group
2821 Woodlawn Ave NW
Canton, OH  44708
Phone No. (330) 479-4835

Evening Grief Support Groups:
Held the second and fourth Thursday of each month
6-7:30 p.m.
For adults needing guidance and support after the loss of a loved one.

Newly Bereaved Support Group
Second Tuesday of each month
6-7:30 p.m.
For those that have lost someone in the last six months.

Lunch Bunch Grief Support Group
second and fourth Wednesdays of every month
 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
This group meets at area restaurants and offers socialization and fellowship for those who have lost a loved one.
Lunch is at one's own expense.

To learn more, go to or call 330-479-4835.

Emerald Pine Grief & Trauma Services
4111 Bradley Circle NW, Suite 150
Canton, OH 44718

Hope Ministry
3430 St. Michael Drive NW
Canton, OH  44718
Phone No. (330) 497-9304 - Jill Haban

Community Hospice 
Stark County Branch
408 Ninth St. SW
Canton, Ohio 44707
Office: (330) 493-0126
Toll-free: (877) 733-0010
1320 Mercy Drive NW
Canton, OH  44708
Phone No. (330) 489-1143
Check calendar of events for schedule.

Widows Group
St. Barbara Catholic Church
2813 Lincoln Way NW
Massillon, OH  44646
Phone No. 330-833-6898

Visiting Nurse Service Bereavement Support
Department of Hospice and Palliative Care of Visiting Nurse Service
3358 Ridgewood Road
Akron, OH  44333
Phone No. 330-665-1455
800-335-1455 ext. 4662

Stark County Vet Center
Helping veterans and their families through re-adjustment struggles transition from military to civilian life.
601 Cleveland Ave NW Suite C, Canton, OH 44702
Phone No. 330-454-3120

Reading References at the Massillon Library

Does Anyone Else Hurt This Bad and Live?

By Carlene Vester Eneroth
Practical tips, humor and understanding are given to those who are hurting.  Briefly written in a hopeful tone to enlighten and encourage.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf

By Dr. Leo Buscaglia
A metaphorical story of life and death, and the changing seasons of life.
With color photographs.

Remembering with Love

By E. Levang and S. Lise
These messages of hope are short, readable pages that affirm, support, and teach about loss and love.

What Helped Me When My Loved One Died

By Earl A. Grollman
A collection of personal stories from people who have lost loved ones.
Covers a wide range of relationships and ages.

Life After Loss

By Bob Deits
This is one of the wisest, most reassuring, practical, and readable guides available to adults dealing with losses of all kinds.

When Parents Die:  A Guide for Adults

By Edward Myers
Explores in detail the emotional impact-depression, sibling conflict, guilt, even physical distress - that a parent's death may cause.

Why are the Casseroles Always Tuna?

By Darcie D. Sims
A loving look at the lighter side of grief that affirms the normalcy of grief again and again through laughter as well as tears.

Empty Cradle, Broken Heart

By Deborah L. Davis
Comprehensive and sensitive book showing a wide range of experiences following the death of a baby and offering ways to cope.

Recovering from the Loss of a Loved One to AIDS

By Katherine Fair Donnelly
This book is filled with front-line vignettes that are revealing and compassionate.  The author has accomplished something remarkable; a written support group for everyone-grieving families, friends, and caregivers.

Words I Never Thought to Speak

By Victoria Alexander
Skillfully edited stories of many who have lost someone through suicidal death, have grieved their losses, and gained resiliency.

Holiday Help

By Sherry Gibson
Offers many practical and creative ways newly bereaved people can cope with loss during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

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