Support Groups and Opportunities

Below is a list of various support groups and events hosted by the trained professionals of Carolina Caring's Center for Grief and Healing.

Ceramics/Memory-Making Class (please RSVP)
(Neill W. Clark Jr. Recreation Center. 3404 6th St. Drive NW, Hickory, NC 28601)
The arts can be a therapeutic method to express your grief, without words. Join us to paint ceramics, talk about loss and explore the connection between grief and the arts.  The process of making art allows us to express our emotions and work through them in an imaginative way while creating a remembrance to honor our loved ones. Be creative and let the process calm your mind and soothe your soul. To register, call 828.466.0466, ext. 2171 or email

Game Night (please RSVP)
(Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658)
Join us for a time of socializing while we play board games and cards.  Bring your favorite cards or board game, along with your loved one’s favorite finger food to share and join in this time of getting to know others who are also on a similar path of grief.  To give us an idea of how many to expect, please sign up by calling 828.466.0466 ext. 2171 or email  

Good Mourning Coffee Group (no RSVP required)
This is an informal time, located in an inviting atmosphere that allows for sharing and healing. Come sit around the tables, have a cup of coffee and meet individuals who are also on a journey of grief and healing. We meet at Atlanta Bread (1765 Catawba Valley Blvd SE, Hickory, NC 28602) on the first and third Friday of each month. Drop-ins are welcome on any date.

GriefShare Surviving the Holidays (please RSVP)
When the holiday season approaches, it’s likely that you experience a jumble of emotions that you’ve yet to sort out. The GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays video and discussion time will help you not only to survive the holidays but also to find strength, healing and tools to move forward in your daily walk through the deep pain of grief. In the video, you will be introduced to experts and other people who have experienced the death of a loved one. These people share honestly about:

  • Coping with surprising emotions that may hit over the holidays

  • Preparing for traditions and other coming changes

  • Handling holiday parties and invitations

Loss of Spouse Group (please RSVP)
(Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658)
Experiencing the death of a spouse can affect every part of your life. As you journey toward healing, these classes will help you begin learning coping skills, expressing feelings and meeting others on a similar path. Trained facilitators will lead the discussions and plan the activities for each group meeting. Space is limited. To register please call 828.466.0466 ext. 2171 or email

Relax and De-Stress Practices (RSVP not required)
(Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658)
Classes are intended to be de-stressing and therapeutic through the use of relaxation, learning to use your breath and gentle stretching exercises.

Rising Hope Horse Farm - For Kids and Teens (please RSVP)
(Rising Hope Farms.  3775 Bethany Church Road, Claremont, NC 28610)
A day camp will be hosted at Rising Hope Farm in Claremont for children and teens, who have lost a loved one. Campers will learn that they are not alone in their grief and that their feelings are normal. Campers will have the opportunity to talk about their loss, ride horses, participate in crafts, have lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the farm with other young people. There is no cost for the event and lunch is provided. To register call 828.466.0466 ext. 2171 or email

Scrapbooking/Memory-Making Class (please RSVP)
(Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658)
The focus of the class is to allow you to be creative and design a project about your loved one to take with you. You can display memories of your loved one in your own way while processing and coping with your grief. Bring some pictures and supplies, if you have them. If you do not have any materials, we will have some available here for your use. To register, call 828.466.0466, ext. 2171 or email