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Grief Resources

Why go it alone?

The post-funeral days are often difficult. That’s why we have developed our We Care & Share Aftercare Program. Our Aftercare Program is designed to offer assistance to families primarily through the first year of adapting to loss. We recognize that when the funeral ends, the healing process is often just beginning. We want to be a trusted companion for the families we serve - to be here when needed in order to help integrate loss into life. We want to help support the grieving of others with time-tested materials, research, and local support groups. We hope that the resources listed below will be of support to you.


GriefWords On-Line Research Library

We are so pleased to offer the Grief Words Library by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D.  You will find a wealth of wisdom to help you and your family with these resources. Dr. Wolfelt's thoughtful articles provide time-tested guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief. Please feel free to take advantage of this helpful tool by clicking here.  You can print the articles and share with others too. We know this resource library will help in guiding you and your family through your difficult time.

We Care & Share Widowed Persons "Lunch Bunch"

Our "Lunch Bunch" is a fun and supportive group consisting of men and women who have experienced the loss of their husband or wife. The group is specifically designed to help with the transition following death of a spouse by offering social opportunities to meet new friends in a safe environment. Our group members are never expected to talk about their experiences if they do not wish to. This group gives widows and widowers an opportunity to get out of the house, a place to be, something to look forward to, a place to belong, and a chance to meet new friends. Our group meets bi-monthly for different types of activities which vary from month to month. There are no obligations or dues to pay to join our group. For more information, please feel free to contact Lisa Gibson at 865-983-1000. Please know that we care and are always here to help.


Marvin R. Gibson Memorial Library

Our lending library includes hundreds of books, brochures, videos, and inspirational materials relating to grief and bereavement. Often, those who have suffered a loss find comfort in reading the thoughts and experiences of others who have been affected in the same way. Do you need help with finding a particular book? Give us a call and we'll be glad to help.


Children & Grief

It is not easy to explain death and loss to a child. The concepts are often much too complex to for them to fully grasp. To assist children in understanding these difficult subjects, we offer the Sesame Street: When Families Grieve book and video. Many people have found these resources helpful. Please call 865-983-1000 for your FREE copy.


Other Local Resources

Blount Memorial Hospice Adult Grief Groups

Offers education and encouragement to adults choosing to explore their grief. Open to all grieving adults in the community.

Meets at Blount Memorial Home Services Building
1095 East Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804
(865) 981-2291

Healthy Mind Counseling Services, Inc.

5410 Homberg Drive Suite 14
Knoxville, TN 37919
Debbie Price, MSSW
(865) 588-3173
"Supporting people through life's challenges and transitions"

The Compassionate Friends - Foothills Chapter

Chapter #: 2182
Barbara Lasater (865) 984-4223
[email protected]
Meeting info: 4th Monday of each month 6:30 pm
Meeting Address: Blount Memorial Hospital (Auditorium)
907 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37804
Notes: Chapter also offers survivors of suicide subgroup - 2nd Monday of each month 7:00 pm

Mane Support

Kim Henry (865) 233-3090 Fax: (865) 984-5943
2919 Davis Ford Road
Maryville, TN 37804
Notes: Participant Application under "Contact Us" tab of website.
"Mane Support is a non-profit organization that provides a ministry through equine-assisted grief counseling to children, youth, teens and adults who have experienced a death."

Suicide Survivors Support Group of Blount County

Barbara Lasater (865) 984-4223
Meeting info: 2nd Monday of each month 7:00 pm
Meeting Address: Blount Memorial Hospital (Auditorium)
907 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37804

Grief Groups for Widows & Widowers

Alice Mansmith (865) 856-2570
Support information and groups for widows and widowers.

Online Grief Support




If you have lost a loved one and would like to experience grief support from the comfort of your home, we offer Guiding Grief. This is our new interactive grief support application. While many have found this helpful, it is not meant to replace professional grief counseling.

Local "Grief Share" - DVD-Based Support Groups
Notes: Find a Group tab offers search by ZIP code.

Grief and Healing Discussion Forum - Self Guided

Parthership for Caring - Grief Resource Page

Centering - Grief Resource Book List

Compassion Books - Grief Resource Book List