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Support groups for those dealing with grief, serious medical conditions

March 6th, 2014 11:10 am by Staff Report

Support groups for those dealing with grief, serious medical conditions

Grief support

Grief Recovery support six-week sessions, 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays at First Broad Street United Methodist Church parlor. Free. In a time of grief it is important to have support to bring healing and reconciliation to the reality of the death of a loved one. Facilitated by John Wilson, retired hospice chaplain at 3 p.m., and by Ann VandeVate, grief counselor, at 5:30 p.m. “Understanding Your Grief,” by Dr. Alan Wolfelt will be provided by Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes for free. To register, call John Wilson at (423) 224-1546.

“A Mindful Journey Through Grief: Grief Recovery Support in the Tri-Cities Community,” will be offered from 6:30-8 p.m., Mondays for 10 weeks, beginning Feb. 24 at the The Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center, 108 W. 10th Ave., Suite 3, Johnson City. To sign up for the group, email Debra Brewer at or call (423) 737-5162.

Compassionate Friends of TennVa, a grief support group for parents, 2 p.m., second Sunday, Bristol Public Library, corner of Piedmont Avenue and Goode Street, Bristol, Va. Assisting families toward a positive personal acceptance of grief following the death of a child of any age and providing information to help others be supportive.
Compassionate Friends of Tennessee Valley, 6 p.m., third Tuesday, Jonesborough Presbyterian Church, 128 W. Main St., Jonesborough.

GriefShare, a support group for those dealing with the death of a loved one. Call (423) 384-6258 for times and days at classes.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group — Tri-Cities 6 p.m., fourth Monday, Boones Creek Christian Church, Entrance K. SOS is for those who have lost someone by suicide, are interested in suicide prevention or might have helpful information for those who do. Call at 361-2087.

Ongoing grief support group, 5-6:30 p.m., Thursdays, Blountville United Methodist Church. To sign-up, call 323-5941 or e-mail

Mommies of Angels, a support for pregnancy and infant loss, second Fridays at Belmont Baptist Church, 224 Belmont St., Mount Carmel. Call 292-9952.

Emotional support

The Community Counseling Clinic at East Tennessee State University offers free services to area residents. Day and evening appointments available. Call 439-7679.

Parent support group for parents and caregivers of children with autism or Asperger Syndrome, 6 p.m., first Tuesday, Mountain Region Speech and Hearing Center. Call 863-6473 or 246-4600 or e-mail

Medical support

Mountain Empire Aspies, a support/social group for adults with Asperger’s syndrome, PDD/NOS and high-functioning autism, meets monthly near the ETSU campus, Johnson City, with plans to expand to Kingsport. Email The group is moderated by its members.

American Cancer Society’s “Look Good ... Feel Better” program, noon to 2 p.m., first Monday, Wellmont Outpatient Center, 130 W. Stone Drive, Kingsport. Teaching beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment. Call the local ACS at 975-0635.

People with ALS (PALS) support group, 5:30 p.m., first Tuesday, Crown Cypress, 2424 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport. Call 224-2357.

Take Time support group,6:30-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Oncology Unit Library, third floor, Wilcox Hall, Holston Valley Medical Center. Call 224-5592.

Alzheimer’s support group for caregivers, 10 a.m., first Tuesdays, Preston Place II, 2303 John B. Dennis Highway, Kingsport. Sponsored by Preston Place. Call 378-HOPE (4673).

Alzheimer’s patients’ caregivers support group, 6-9 p.m., second Thursday, Room 224, Kingsport Renaissance Center 1200 E. Center St. Call Rob Ferguson at 967-7368.

Kingsport Association for the Visually Impaired, a support group for visually impaired persons, 7 p.m., first Tuesday, Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1593 Warpath Drive, Kingsport.

Quillen Rehab “Shake-a-Leg” amputee support group, 6 p.m., second Tuesday of every other month. Call Jerry Lee Lantz at (423) 232-1106 or email

Kingsport Diabetes Association, 7 p.m., second Tuesday, Indian Path Hospital Building 2002, Room 203, Kingsport. Helping diabetics and their families better deal with the serious disease of diabetes. Call Mark Selby at 349-8372.

Kingsport Bariatric Surgery Support Group, 6 p.m., third Tuesday, West Park Professional Building, 914 Broad St., Kingsport. Call 224-5699.

The Arc of Sullivan County, an advocacy group for the mentally challenged, 6:45 p.m., third Tuesdays, Frontier Industries, Kingsport, 2017 Stonebrook Place. Call 274-8165.

Nu-Voice Club, support group for laryngectomy patients, 6 p.m., fourth Tuesday, Bristol Regional Medical Center Conference Center Elm Room.

Parkinson’s support group, 7 p.m., fourth Tuesday, Asbury Baysmont, 100 Netherland Lane, Kingsport. Call 245-0360.

POZ support group, for those living with HIV, 6:30-7:30 p.m., first and third Thursdays, Hillrise Hall conference room, ETSU. Call 439-6006 or 439-6019.

Kingsport National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 7 p.m., first Thursday, First Baptist Church Welcome Center, Church Circle, Kingsport. Call 866-337-8890 or visit

Johnson City National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 7 p.m., second Thursday, Harrison Christian Church, off Browns Mill Road, Johnson City. Call 543-4315.

The Tri-Cities Brain Injury support group, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday, Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital, Princeton Road, Johnson City.

Kingsport Traumatic Brain Injury support group, 7 p.m., third Thursday, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. TBI survivors and family welcome. Supported by Crumley House Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center.

Mended Little Hearts, 6:30-8 p.m., third Tuesday, the Wellness Center, 200 Med Tech Pkwy., Johnson City. For families with a child or children born with a congenital heart defect. Free. Child care provided. Call (423) 676-8352 or (423) 557-7743, visit or on Facebook at Mended Little Hearts Johnson City, TN.

The Young and the Breathless, a support group for pulmonary patients and their families, 5 p.m., fourth Thursday, Heritage Room, D Building, Holston Valley Medical Center. Call 224-5800.

Multiple myeloma support group , 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., first Saturday, Health Resources Center, The Mall at Johnson City. Call 538-6923 or visit

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