Costello-Runyon Funeral Home
568 Middlesex Avenue (Route 27)
Metuchen, New Jersey 08840
Phone: 732-548-0149

Costello-Runyon Funeral Home

New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse

1-800-367-6274 or 1-800-FOR-M.A.S.H. (Mutual Aid Self-Help)
* 375 E. McFarlan St., Dover, NJ 07801


Here’s a sample of support groups in New Jersey dealing with different types of loss and grief. For details on the meeting times, location & contacts for any of these groups below, or for free help in learning how to join with others to start any group, call us at 1-800-367-6274. Most are on-going groups. Note that an increasing number of groups (often at hospitals) are now limited to 6 to 12-week group sessions, available about two or more times a year.

WIDOWS / WIDOWERS General Widows/Widowers support groups (groups meet in most NJ counties) * Young Widows/Widowers (Burlington, Camden, Mercer, Monmouth) * Young Widows (Essex, Middlesex) * Recently Bereaved (various) * H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Evolve) widowed (South Jersey) * Parents Connect loss of spouse to cancer * Displaced Homemakers loss of spouse to death or divorce (various) * Christian-based bereavement groups (in various counties) * Single Senior Women (Somerset) * Widows Moving On for those past the bereavement stage (Essex).

LOSS OF A CHILD / FETUS Compassionate Friends for parents who have lost a child of any age; some groups open to grandparents and siblings (various sites) * Groups for loss of child of any age for parents, grandparents & siblings (various sites) * Northern NJ Chapter of Bereaved Parents USA (Morris) * Pregnancy & Newborn Loss groups to include miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, etc. (some groups) * Men's Perinatal Bereavement support group (Bergen) * Gilda's Club Parental Bereavement due to Cancer (Bergen) * Sudden Infant Death (various) * Death of a Child due to Drug Overdose/Addiction (Burlington & Morris) * Survivors of Murdered Children (Essex) * Post Abortion Stress group for women (Bergen) * Fathers Whose Children Have Died (Essex) * Also see examples of "Online and National Groups" on reverse side.

LOSS OF A LOVED ONE TO SUICIDE Support & understanding for persons who have lost a loved one to suicide – approximately a dozen groups across the State, to include a Portuguese-speaking support group. Call our Clearinghouse for the nearest one. There's also an online group – SOLES - Survivors Of Law Enforcement Suicide (for surviving spouses & family members of police).

OTHER GENERAL & SPECIFIC GROUPS General Bereavement Groups for anyone losing a loved one (various locations) * Children Grieving a Loss (various) * Grieving loss of loved one due to Cancer and/or after Long Term Illness (various) * Men's Bereavement support group (Ocean County) * Loss of a Loved One due to Cancer (various ) * Kids Connect for children who have lost a parent due to cancer (Somerset) * Caregiver Bereavement group for those who cared for a loved one for extended period before their death (Morris) * Adult Children Grieving the Loss of a Parent (Monmouth) * Northern New Jersey Motherless Daughters for those grieving the loss of a mother * Daughters without Mothers for adult daughters (Burlington) * Families of Homicide Victims (Union) * Preschoolers Grieving a Loss (Burlington) * Safe Place high school teens grieving a death (Paramus) * Good Grief for children (3-17), and young adults (18-30) who lost parent or sibling , as well as for surviving parents (Morristown) * Rainbows for young children grieving the loss of parent through death or divorce (various) * Christian-based bereavement groups (various) * Iraq/Afghanistan War Family Bereavement Groups several NJ Veteran centers have groups & related services for families of military killed in the war (various) * Death of Police Officer for families & co-workers of police killed in line of duty (various) * Loss due to Drunk Driver (several groups) * JANUS bereavement group for loss due to death, separation, divorce, retirement, loss of a job or health (Somerset) * Pet Bereavement support groups (in 5 counties).

Support Groups possibly STARTING (but only if others "who have been there" are willing to help) for:

Loss of Loved One(s) in Home Fire (Statewide) * Widowed Persons (Ocean). * Loss of a Child (Hudson) * Women Who Lost Loved One (Sussex). For contact & other info on any of these, call our Clearinghouse.




Joseph V. Costello, III. Owner/Manager NJ Lic. No. 3670 

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