Local Grief Resources

Every person must cope with loss of a loved on his or her own terms.

Grief Support Resources

AseraCare Hospice: Helping Ourselves as We Grieve

Grieving the loss of a loved one or a friend can be one of the most difficult times in our lives.  Understanding our grief and connecting with others who are grieving can help ease our pain and lead us to finding comfort in grief.  This 5-week support group will provide information on healthy and normal grieving and provide an opportunity to share our grief with others.

There is no cost for this group.  Trained facilitators will lead the group and provide educational material on related topics.  There will be an opportunity for group members to reconnect in a follow up meeting after the 4-week program is completed.

Topics will include:  

  • I’m Not Going Crazy, I’m Grieving -- Review grieving as normal and healthy part of living
  • Tidal Waves of Pain -- Memories, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors we experience as we grieve
  • Things Get Tricky When We are Grieving -- Exploring the unique challenges group participants faced in their grief  
  •  Rediscovering Old Strengths and Finding New Ones -- Review of coping skills and personal strengths that help us through our grief


  • Kearney Public Library, meeting room, 2020 1st Avenue, Kearney, NE:  4th Thursday of the month 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Jensen Memorial Library, 443 N. Kearney Avenue, Minden:  1st Tuesday of the month 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Lunch Provided)
  • Broken Bow Library, 626 S. D Street, Broken Bow:  3rd Tuesday of the munth 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 P.M. (Bring a drink)
  • Phelps County Senior Center, 416 Garfield Street, Holdrege, NE:  3rd Wednesday of the month 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Camp Bear
A day long "camp" for children who have experienced the death of a loved one (held in July).  Call Lisa Anderson, LPC, at Good Samaritan Hospital at 308-865-7090 for more information. 
Hospice Support Group: Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice
Understanding Grief, Helping Yourself Heal
This support group is sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospice.  Lisa Anderson, LPC, Good Samaritan Hospice, will facilitate the group. The group meets on the second Monday of each month from 4 to 5 p.m.  Please call Lisa Anderson at 308-865-7090 with any questions.  This group is free and open to all who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

A Better Choice Counseling Services: Eva Nickel-Drabek
Offers individual grief counseling for those in need.  Eva can be reached at 308-234-2855. 
A special weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. It’s a place to be around people who understand what you are feeling. At GriefShare, you’ll learn valuable information about recovering from your grief and renewing your hope for the future.

First United Methodist Church, Kearney (contact Judy Spellman at 308-237-5516)
New Life Assembly, Kearney (contact the church at 308-234-1881 or Rod & Annette Zeller at 308-234-6516)
Lighthouse Point Counseling Center
Located at 2315 West 39th Street in Kearney, the center offers individual grief counseling for those in need. Another support group is Families in Crisis, which meets twice a year, in the spring and the fall. Dr. Victor Karg and Dr. Paul Welter moderate these groups along with staff at the counseling center. Contact them at 308-237-0408.

Center for Loss & Transition
A leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spiritual.

GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have many email support groups. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.