There are a variety of types of support groups to help you navigate your unique grief journey.
Peer-Led Support Groups
Peer-led support groups (either in-person or online) are typically led by people who have experienced a loss themselves. These groups are a great way to connect with other people who have been through a similar experience.
*Remember, when a loss is new, it may be difficult to hear details about another person’s experience and pain. Before attending a peer-led support group, make sure you are ready to hear about other’s experiences.*
Find Peer-Led Support
GRASP | Grief Support After a Substance Passing
The Dinner Party
Grief Share Support Group
This support group offers individuals a way to process a loss with the support of others. You can search for meeting locations in specific areas and/or sign up for a daily encouragement email.
Survivors of Suicide
Offers a monthly support group meeting, newsletter, grief counseling resources, recommended reading, and suicide survivor events.
The Compassionate Friends
The Compassionate Friends is a network of families who have lost a child. They offer a support group to parents, grandparents, and siblings who have been affected by such a loss.
The Bereaved Parents of the USA
This group offers connections to other support groups, a newsletter, and other resources for parents who have lost a child.
A Mother's Cry
This is a peer-support group for parents who have lost a child to violence.
Moms of Murdered Sons and Daughters
This organization offers a variety of community-based services including support meetings, intervention training, and care packages for those grieving.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
MADD Victim Services helps victims/survivors with the challenges they face after a substance impaired driving crash. Services include: emotional support; advocacy in the criminal and civil justic systems; court accompaniment when available; access to support groups, counselors, and other community resources; connection with other victims/survivors; tributes to honor victims/survivors; and informational brochures. For more information contact the 24-hour help line at 877.623.3435 or go to madd.org/help.
Professionally-Led Support Groups
Professionally-led support groups are typically either therapeutic or educational in nature and are often run by a trained mental health professional or grief expert. This person will help to facilitate the discussion, provide education, and moderate the group.
Find a Professionally-Led Support Group in Maryland
Capital Region (D.C., Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George's Counties)
- Hospice of Frederick | Frederick, MD | 240-566-3030 | Provides support groups and workshops, one-on-one support, and Camp Jamie.
Caring Matters | Gaithersburg, MD | 301-990-0854 | Provides support groups, retreats, and Camp Erin.
Montgomery Hospice | Rockville, MD | 301-921-0854 | Provides support groups and workshops.
Jewish Social Service Agency | Rockville, MD | 301-816-2683 | Provides workshops and support groups.
Wendt Center | Washington D.C. | 202-624-0010 | Provides counseling, support groups, and Camp Forget-Me-Not.
Chesapeake Life Center | Largo, MD | 888-501-7077 | Provides individual counseling, support groups, and Camp Nabi.
The Washington Home and Community Hospices | Washington, D.C. and Beltsville, MD | 866-234-7742 (Tollfree), 202-966-3720 (Washington, D.C.), 301-560-6000 (Beltsville, MD) | Provides individual counseling and support groups.
Holy Cross Health Bereavement Center | Silver Spring, MD | 301-754-7742 | Provides support groups.
Roberta’s House Prince George's County | Hyattsville, MD | 301.880.5100 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Offers support groups and advocacy programs.
Capital Caring | Largo and Lanham, MD, Washington D.C. and VA | 800.869.2136 | Provides individual counseling, support groups, and workshops for adults and children.
Alison J. Bomba, Psy.D., LLC | Frederick, MD | 240.405.9661 | email@example.com | Offers bereavement groups for children, teens and young adults as well as individual counseling.
Jamie Eaton, MS, LCPC | Frederick, MD | 240.415.8981 | Jamie@jamie-eatoncounseling.com | Offers grief support groups and individual counseling.
Central Maryland (Carroll, Howard, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore, and Harford Counties)
- Carroll Hospice | Westminster, MD | 410-871-8000 | Provides individual counseling, support groups, and Camp TR.
Roberta's House | Baltimore, MD | 410-235-6633 or firstname.lastname@example.org | Provides individual counseling, support groups, and Camp Erin.
Stella Maris | Timonium, MD | 410-252-4500 | Provides individual counseling, support groups, and Camp Me Too.
Chesapeake Life Center | Pasadena, MD | 888-501-7077 | Provides individual counseling, support groups, and Camp Nabi.
Gilchrist Hospice | Hunt Valley, MD, Columbia, MD, Towson, MD and Baltimore, MD | 443-849-8251 (Baltimore) or 443-539-4086 (Howard County) | Provides support groups.
The Family Center Grief and Loss Counseling | Ellicott City, MD | 410-531-5087 | Provides individual counseling.
Seasons Hospice | Baltimore, MD, Randallstown, MD and Elkton, MD | 855-812-1136 | Provides individual counseling, support groups, and kids camp.
Heartland Hospice | Serves Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City & County, Harford Couth and Howard County | 866-676-1688 | Provides individual counseling and support groups.
Amedisys Hospice of Greater Chesapeake | Rosedale, MD | 410.686.5635 | Provides free support groups and one-on-one grief counseling. Monthly support groups in Parkville and Aberdeen.
Annette Laugel, MS, LCPC, LMT | Baltimore, MD | 443.570.7859 | email@example.com | Facilitates grief focused support groups as well as provides individual counseling
Grassroots Crisis Center - Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group | Columbia, MD | firstname.lastname@example.org | Columbia, MD | For those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Sarah Diehl Therapy | Baltimore, MD | 443.993.5105 | Offers grief support groups as well as individual counseling.
Eastern Maryland (Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset Counties)
- Talbot Hospice | Easton, MD | 410-822-6681 | Provides individual counseling and support groups for adults and children.
Compass Regional Hospice | Centreville, Denton, Federalsburg and Rockhall, MD | 443-262-4109 | Provides individual counseling, support groups, and Camp New Dawn.
Coastal Hospice | Ocean Pines, Salisbury, Crisfield and Cambridge, MD | 410-742-8732, 443-859-1312 (Dorchester and Wicomico), or 443-614-6142 (Worchester and Somerset) | Provides support groups and kids camp.
Upper Bay Counseling | Elkton, MD & Havre De Grace, MD | 1.800.467.0304 | Offers grief support groups and individual counseling.
Western Maryland (Garrett, Allegany, and Washington Counties)
- Washington County Hospice | Hagerstown, MD | 301-791-6360 | Provides Camp Hope n' Cope.
Western Maryland Health System | Cumberland, MD | 240-964-9000 | Provides support groups.
Southern Maryland (Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary's Counties)
- Calvert Hospice | Prince Frederick, MD | 410-535-0892 | Provides support groups and Camp Phoenix.
Hospice of Charles County | Waldorf, MD | 301-861-5300 | Provides individual counseling and kids camp.
Hospice of Saint Mary's | Callaway, MD | 301-994-3078 | Provides individual counseling and Camp Sunrise.