Grief Support Programs at The James

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute provides free grief support services to families and friends after the death of a loved one. Grief is a unique experience that can impact a person’s life in many ways.

Grieving the death of a loved one is a normal process involving emotional, physical and mental reactions. It can also feel unfamiliar, isolating and at times overwhelming. Learning to adjust and heal can take time. There is no right way to grieve, and it is important to be patient and kind to yourself during this time.

Grief Programs

The James offers a variety of supportive programs that are designed for adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one to cancer, other chronic illnesses or natural causes. Programs require pre-registration. Click on the program title under Upcoming Events for detailed information and to register.

For additional information, contact The James Bereavement Services at 614-293-6428 or email


Workshops for adults provide information and education about grief and ways of coping. Each of these workshops is offered twice a year, and participants may attend one or more workshop.

  • The First Year of Grief: What to expect, common grief reactions and typical needs while grieving.
  • What Makes Grief So Difficult? Common misunderstandings about grief, as well as feelings and experiences that make grief challenging.
  • Ways to Cope with Loss: Ways to handle grief and adjust to life after loss.
  • Coping with Holidays and Other Special Occasions: Activities and tips for coping with grief during the holidays and special occasions.
  • Adults Dealing with Parent Loss: Common reactions to a parent’s death and helpful ways to cope.

Support Groups

Support groups meet for 4 weeks and are open to adults whose loss occurred between two and 18 months ago. The support groups provide a safe space to connect with others who are grieving the loss of an adult loved one and offer emotional support, information, and resources.

  • Seasons of Grief: Group members will receive a book that will be used as a tool for discussion and information.
  • Spouse or Significant Other Loss Support Group: This group brings individuals together who are dealing with similar grief experiences related to the death of a spouse or significant other.

Individual Bereavement Support

Provided by a grief counselor for adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one due to cancer with in the past year. To schedule an appointment, please call the James Supportive Care Clinic at 614-366-8700.

Grief Resources

Grief Booklet: “Learning to Live With Loss”

This booklet provides basic information and coping tips focusing on the first year of grief following the death of a loved one.

Internet Resources

These professional organizations are a great resource for learning more about the grieving process. Each source is trusted and contains up-to-date information.

Books on Grief and Coping

There are many books on grief and loss. Here are a few options for adults, children and teens.

Contact Bereavement Services

Phone: 614-293-6428


Upcoming Events

Seasons of Grief: Adult Support Group

1/29/2020 6:00:00 PM - 1/29/2020 7:30:00 PM

Grief Workshop: The First Year of Grief

3/17/2020 6:00:00 PM - 3/17/2020 7:00:00 PM

Loss of Spouse or Significant Other Support Group

4/22/2020 6:00:00 PM - 4/22/2020 7:15:00 PM

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