GPS Hope Share & Care Groups are for parents who have lost a child and want to connect with others who share the same experience, along with needing a safe place to explore their faith and relationship with God within their deep grief.
This is where you can take off your mask and be wherever you are in your grief journey without judgement or shame, and a time where you can talk about your child by name if you so choose. We will all be glad to hear your stories, and we will laugh with you, and yes, sometimes we do shed a few tears with each other.
“Every day is so hard, but somehow together we all get through. Thank you for all the time you spend with us and other grieving parents! It’s impossible to put into words how much you mean to us!” (Dee and Dave L., bereaved parents who attend a GPS Hope Share & Care group regularly.)
GPS Hope wants your group to be what the parents in your area want and need it to be. Some groups like to meet and discuss a predetermined topic. Some like to get together for a meal and share a casual time together.
We are not looking for “leaders.” All it takes is a willingness to find a place to meet, invite other parents, and facilitate the gathering. GPS Hope will provide materials to be a springboard to start a discussion, if you so choose.
Click here to see what it takes to start and facilitate a GPS Hope Share & Care group, to see if it is something you might consider.
If you are interested in starting a GPS Hope Share & Care group in your area, please contact us.
Do you already have an established support group and would like to be considered as a GPS Hope affiliate? If so, contact us.
SIERRA VISTA, ARIZONA
This Share & Care support group is led by Sara Nelson (author of Footsteps in Hope) in Sierra Vista, AZ. Sara and her husband Dennis are fellow pareavors and dear friends and supporters of GPS Hope. This group currently meets at 6 pm the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays each month. Sara is also available to talk with anyone who needs some encouragement and support after loosing a child or any other deep loss. Please email Sara for the location of the meetings as it varies as well if you just need to talk.
DELTONA, FLORIDA (Healing Under God’s Sovereignty H.U.G.S.)
H.U.G.S. is a GPS Hope Share & Care affiliate support group that shares our heart for pareavors. They also hold a butterfly release every spring. Please email the co-facilitators Pat Wentworth or Carol Keefer for more information.
When: Meets every Thursday evening from 6 – 8 p.m. in room E136
Where: Deltona Alliance Church 921 Deltona Blvd, Deltona, FL
When: Meets the fourth Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
Where: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1505 Dover St, Worthington, MN (Fireside Room)
For more information please email the group facilitator Roxie
When: Meets every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Where: One Church, 817 N. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna, OH
For more information please email the group facilitator Yolanda.
NEWARK, OHIO (Angel Wings)
When: Meets every other week Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and then Saturday at 11 a.m.
For example Wednesday May 11, 2022 and Saturday May 28, 2022.
For more information please email the group facilitator Judy.
Where: Licking County Library, 101 West Main Street, Newark, OH
GRANTS PASS, OREGON
While currently there are no formal group meetings, for those of you in southern Oregon looking to connect with other bereaved parents in the area, please contact Tammy.
Tammy does have a closed Facebook page for those wishing to connect and often they meet for casual outings. So we strongly encourage you to email her.
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA
When: Meets the first & third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Riverland Hills Baptist Church, 201 Lake Murry Blvd., Irmo, SC
For more information please email the group facilitator Becky
OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON (Parents of Hope & Healing)
Parents of Hope & Healing is a GPS Hope Share & Care affiliate support group that shares our heart for pareavors. For more information, please email the group facilitator Joy McDaniel.
When: Meets every 1st & 3rd Wednesday from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Where: Capital Christian Center 4431 Martin Way E., Olympia, WA
When: Meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Festival Foods 2233 Humes Rd., Janesville, WI (in the community room above the Deli)
For more information please email the GPS Hope Office.