• Article on Supporting Grief Over the Holidays



    Monmouth County Resource Net 

    Commonground Grief Center:   The mission of Common Ground is to provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can come together and share their experiences as they begin the journey through the grief process.

    67 Taylor Ave., Manasquan, NJ 08736            732-606-7477

    Gathered As One

    Three of our parishes, Church of the Ascension in  Bradley Beach, St. Catharine's in Spring Lake and St. Mark's in Sea Girt, have Adult Bereavement Support Groups. The goal of these groups is to share our stories, to better understand the grief process, to learn ways of coping with a grieving heart, to learn to care for ourselves on our journey, to accept loss and explore ways to move on and grow in our lives, and to affirm our spiritual connection as a source of comfort If you have experienced the loss of a loved one.

    Rainbows for All Children is a structured support group for youth ages 5 - 14 (and their parents or guardians) dealing with loss (death, separation, divorce, deployment, deportation, incarceration, special situations) at no cost to the families.  

    Each program runs at different times of the year.  If you interested in healing through the support of those on the same journey, please contact one of these groups:

    • St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Ascension Church, 501 Brinley Ave., Bradley Beach. Call the Rectory at 732-774-0456 to register. 

    • St. Catharine's Church.  Please call Sister Margaret Tierney 732-449-5765 ext. 124 to register or if you have any questions. 

    • St. Mark's, Sea Girt.  Please call Sue Nolan at 718-637-1162 or Peg Kraus 732-280-8752 for more information. 

    • Rainbows for All Children is an international non-profit organization that fosters local groups to help children suffer a loss due to death, illness, divorce and other situations that they need to talk about.  Rainbows is based on support groups to provide the children as safe and non-judgemental space to talk about their loss.  Check https://rainbows.org website for the nearest location.

    Grief Information Education and Recovery Services: 

    “The Mourning After” bereavement group will continue to meet remotely during the COVID-19 virus crisis using Zoom video conferencing. 

    Register by eMailing us your name & phone number before Thursday at 8PM to [email protected] . Located at 10 East Main Street Suite 5B, Freehold, New Jersey 07728           732-577-1076

    Stephy's Place:   Assists people as they take steps to move forward in grief and begin the journey of living with loss.  [email protected]

    210 West Front Street, Ste 209, Red Bank, NJ 07701         732-614-1142           


    Best Overall: 

    Compassionate Friends

    Locate a Compassionate Friends Chapter Near you Now: https://www.compassionatefriends.org/find-support/chapters/chapter-locator/

    Grieving.com   "They’re one of the oldest support communities on the internet, and they support over a quarter of a million people."

    Very Well Mind  offers websites broken down by category:

    Best Live Chat:   Grief in Common

    "Their site offers a live chat room that allows users to connect with others any time they would like."

    Best for Young People:   Hope Again

    "Users might find that reading other people’s stories or watching their videos help them feel less alone."

    Best Social Media Group:   Grief Anonymous

    "Avid Facebook users might enjoy this option best, since connecting with others won’t require users to join an additional website."

    Best for Specific Grief:   Online Grief Support

    "Users can interact in the general discussion forum, or they can join groups for people who have experienced specific types of losses."

    Best for Email Support:   GriefNet

    "The site has over 50 email support groups, offering grief support for both adults and children."

    Best Monitored Discussion Group:   Grief Healing

    "They report that their discussion groups are closely monitored and moderated by the owner to ensure quality, safety, and security."