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Bereavement Ministry

Programs, support groups and resources for those who are grieving.

Bereavement Ministry

Grief Support Groups

Parishes across the archdiocese offer a variety of grief support groups for children and adults. The list provided on the page contains information that has been shared with this office and may not be a complete listing of all available groups. Please contact your parish if there is not a group listed near you. 

Hospital Grief Groups - Milwaukee County


Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center

2900 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, 53215

Women and Grief – a support group for adult women who have lost a loved one. Registration required.  Contact: Kerry Ahrens, 414-649-6567. 

Grieving the Death of a Partner (men & women) – a support group for the death of a spouse or life partner.  Contact Kerry Ahrens, 414-649-6567 for dates and times of current sessions and to register. 

Kids Care – a support group for kids who have lost a loved one – ages 5-12 years old.  Four-week sessions.  Call for dates and times.  Contacts: Sue Berg, Child Life Specialist, or Cadie Lourigan, 414-649-6634.

Survivors Helping Survivors – bereavement support for adults who have lost a relative or friend to suicide. Registration not required.  Contact: Mary Ellen Turek, 414-543-0787. 


Aurora West Allis Medical Center

8901 W. Lincoln Ave., West Allis, 53227

Living Through Loss – bereavement support group for adults who have lost a loved one. For more information, call 888-863-5502. 

Infant Loss Support Group – support for parents who have lost a baby during pregnancy, at birth or shortly after birth, no matter how long it has been since their loss.  Ongoing participation – registration not required.  Contact: Machelle Minster, RN, 414-329-5908 or Colleen Struck at 414-328-7524. 


Children's Hospital of Wisconsin 

Children's Corporate Center, Suite 255, 999 N. 92nd St., Wauwatosa 53226

"Infant Loss Support Group" – a grief support group for adults who have suffered the loss of an infant.  Call for information.  Contact Bereavement Coordinator: Nichole, 414-266-2995 or email  

“Child Loss Support Group" - A support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child (2 yrs or older.) Contact Nichole Schweman, Bereavement Coordinator, 414-266-2995 or for more information.  

Parent Support Groups

RTS Bereavement Program (formerly known as Resolve Through Sharing) for miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or newborn death.

United Hospital System -Kenosha Medical Center. Contact Chaplain Katherine Neal at: 262-656-2753 

St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac. Contact Kirsten for more information at: 920-926-4843 

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare -Outpatient Center, Wauwatosa: For more information- 414-447-2473 Columbia/St. Mary's Hospital, Milwaukee. For more info contact Kathy at 585-1328 or 414-291-1141 

St. Joseph's, West Bend. For more information call 262-334-8361 

Watertown Regional Medical Center- Center for Women’s Health, Watertown - 920-262-4825 

Aurora West Allis Medical Center, West Allis. Groups meet the 1st Wednesday of each month. Contact Michelle at 414-329-5908. 

Racine Ascension All Saints, Racine – 1320 Wisconsin Ave. Group meets 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Horlick Room on the first floor.  For more information, call 800-304-7837. 

The Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is a mutual assistance, self-help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents and sibling.  The primary purpose is to assist them in the positive resolution of the grief experienced upon the death of a child.  For nearly two decades The Compassionate Friends chapters in the Milwaukee area have helped thousands of bereaved parents in their efforts to achieve physical and emotional health.  

National Office of the Compassionate Friends 
Mailing address: 900 Jorie Blvd. Suite 78, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Regional Coordinator – State of Wisconsin: Jim Staniforth – 608-835-7493 Toll free: 877-969-0010 
Fax: 630-990-0246 

Five local chapters of The Compassionate Friends

Milwaukee/Oak Creek County Chapter meets at Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek 53154.  Rosemary Albrecht, 414-301-9273. 

Ozaukee County Chapter meets at Cedar Mills St. Mary’s Health Center, N143W6515 Pioneer Rd, Cedarburg 53012. Contact: Cory, 262-376-1724. 

Racine County Chapter meets at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare All Saints Medical Center, Lower Level, 3801 Spring St., Racine 53405. Contact: Diane Beck at 262-895-4888 or Peg Rousar-Thompson at 262-598-0834. 

Walworth County Chapter meets at St. John Lutheran Church, 104 S. Broad St., Elkhorn 53121. Contact: Mary, 262-248-4398. 

Waukesha County Chapter - Contact: Karen Staker, 262-470-5843. 

Milwaukee/Wauwatosa- TCF Metro Milwaukee - Contact Johnin at 317-224-8417 for more information.  

Suicide Support Groups

Survivors Helping Survivors offers grief support for adults who have lost a relative or friend to suicide: 

Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, 2900 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee 53215.  Registration not required.  Contact:  Mary Ellen, 414-543-0787 or DeeDee at 414-732-7237 or  

Tri-City National Bank, 4295 W. Bradley Rd., Milwaukee 53209. Ongoing participation.  Contact:  Joan, 414-545-8786 or MHA, 414-276-3122.  

Survivors of Suicide offers grief support for adults who have lost a relative or friend to suicide: 

Rogers Memorial Hospital, 34700 Valley Rd., Oconomowoc 53066. Ongoing participation.  Contact: Michelle Seering, 262-646-1111 

Waukesha Memorial Hospital, 725 American Ave., Waukesha 53188.  Ongoing participation.  Contact: Jill Collins, 262-970-9738. 

Survivors of Suicide Support Group 

Piasecki-Althaus Family Services Center, 2002 52nd St., Kenosha 53140. Please call 262-658-4101 for more information. 


Contact Us


Doug Ulaszek
Associate Director of Evangelization & Catechesis
 Adult & Family

Tori Franke
Natural Family Planning Coordinator

Jennifer Murphy
Program & Events Coordinator

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