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


These workshops provide information and education about grief and ways of coping. The workshops are offered twice a year, and participants may attend one or all sessions.

    1. The First Year of Grief: What to expect, common grief reactions and typical needs while grieving
    2. What Makes Grief So Difficult? Common misunderstandings about grief, as well as feelings and experiences that make grief challenging
    3. Ways to Cope With Loss: Ways to handle grief and adjust to life after loss
    4. Coping With Holidays and Other Special Occasions: Activities and tips for coping with grief during the holidays and special occasions
    5. Supporting Someone Who is Grieving: Information about the grief process and ways to support family and friends who are dealing with loss

Seasons of Grief: Adult Support Group

This four-week support group provides the opportunity to connect with others who are grieving and discuss and learn healthy responses to various aspects of grief. Group members will receive a free book on grief that will be used for grief education and self-reflection activities. This group is designed for adults whose loss occurred between three and 13 months ago.

Individual Bereavement Support

Bereavement support in a caring setting can help you understand your grief experience, identify healthy coping tools and connect with grief resources that can help you adjust to your loss. For adults who have experienced a death of a loved one due to cancer within the past 13 months ;Available to bereaved families of patients at The James. 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.

Patient Education

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Patient Education Website provides resources on various health topics, including Grief and Loss. This website is for informational purposes only.

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

Grief Workshop: Ways to Cope With Loss

10/22/2019 6:00:00 PM - 10/22/2019 7:00:00 PM

Coping With the Holidays and Other Special Occasions

11/12/2019 6:00:00 PM - 11/12/2019 7:15:00 PM

Grief Workshop: Supporting Someone Who Is Grieving

12/10/2019 6:00:00 PM - 12/10/2019 7:00:00 PM

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