Support Group Schedule

A support group can be a very helpful experience for grievers. While most people are a little nervous when they attend a new group, they soon discover people who speak the same language of  loss and therefore find others who understand the experience of grief. If you have additional questions, please email or call 216.820.4940. 


All support groups (except the Art Group and Writing Group) are ten weeks in duration. All groups take place at Lifebanc (4775 Richmond Rd., Cleveland 44128) and start at 6:30pm and end at 8:00pm. The support groups are for adults, and you need to register ahead of time for each group. Please pay attention to the registration deadlines and contact or 216-820-4940 to register or ask questions.


Spousal Loss

Dates: April 18; May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and June 6, 13, 20, and 27 (Tuesdays)

Registration Deadline: April 11, 2023


Child Loss (A Group for Adults who Lost a Child of Any Age)

Dates: July 11, 18, and 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and September 5 and 12 (Tuesdays)

Registration Deadline: July 5, 2023


Writing as Means to Healing (for families at least two years out from loss)

Dates: September 19 and 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31; and November 7 and 14 (Tuesdays)

Registration Deadline: September 12, 2023<


One-Time Grief Seminars

Can’t commit to multiple weeks? Consider our one-time grief seminars, where you will meet other donor families in a safe, compassionate, and supportive environment.

Grief 101 

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (a pizza dinner will be provided)

Date: Monday, January 23, 2023

Registration Deadline: January 17, 2023


Understanding Child and Adolescent Grief

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (a pizza dinner will be provided)

Date: Monday, May 1, 2023

Registration Deadline: April 25, 2023


Help Me Write to my Recipient or My Donor Family: A Writing Workshop

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (a pizza dinner will be provided)

Date: Monday, June 12, 2023

Registration Deadline: June 5, 2023


Overdose and Suicide Loss

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (a pizza dinner will be provided)

Date: Monday, August 7, 2023

Registration Deadline: July 31, 2023


Grief 101 (second opportunity)

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (a pizza dinner will be provided)

Date: Monday, September 11, 2023<

Registration Deadline: September 5, 2023


Grieving Through the Holidays

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm (a pizza dinner will be provided)

Date: Monday, November 13, 2023

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2023



Lifebanc operates in 20 counties in Northeast Ohio. We want to make sure we serve you to the best of our ability, so consider these counseling options for support on your grief journey.

Individual Grief Counseling

Individual grief counseling is offered year-round by a licensed clinical counselor and a social worker at Lifebanc in Warrensville Heights. All counseling is free of charge for donor families. We welcome you to our building to experience the warmth and caring that we provide all families.

Zoom Counseling

If you cannot come into the office, we can engage in counseling via Zoom. All you need is a phone, tablet, or computer with a working camera and microphone, and your session can be conducted in a quiet and private space of your choosing. New to Zoom and hesitant about using it? Feel free to contact Elissa Berman at 216-820-4940, and she will be glad to answer your questions.

Rides Available

Do you live within 20 miles of Lifebanc? Do you want to come in for counseling, a support group, or a one-time seminar, but you don’t have transportation or don’t like to drive at night? Lifebanc has an account with Lyft,and we can arrange and pay for a ride so you can come to the office when you cannot get here on your own. Just ask!


SAVE THE DATE:  33rd Annual Donor Memorial Service  Sunday, October 8, 2023


The stories of our donor and recipient families are powerful, moving celebrations of life, hope, and love that get to the heart of why we do what we do, and the difference we can all make. Lifebanc believes that anyone can be a hero – and we see it every day in the generous decisions of people and families who choose and support organ and tissue donation. We’d like you to meet some of these heroes, and some of the Northeast Ohio neighbors they are helping.

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