Southern Ohio Birth Services

Bereavement Guide

Southern Ohio Birth Services is trusted by families facing high-risk pregnancies and loss. We are trained and experienced in providing gentle support as you walk a difficult path.

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The Compassionate Friends, Cincinnati Chapter

A national mutual assistance, self‑help organization offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, grandparents and adult siblings.

East Group:

This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 pm. We moved (temporarily) to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7770 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45230. We will meet in the parish building on the second floor. (Please call prior to attending the meeting so that the correct location can be verified.) Once the renovations are complete, we will move back to St. Timothy Episcopal Church, 8101 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255. Contact Carol Terbrueggen at 513-271-6809.

West Group:

This group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm registration, program begins at 7 pm at West Park Nursing Home, 2930 West Park Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45238. Contact Michael Urbisci at 513-205-8291.

North Group:

This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, at Gwen Mooney Funeral Home, Oak Hill Cemetery, Tri-County, 11285 Princeton Pike (Route 747), Cincinnati, OH 45246. Contact Karen Pinsky at or 513-207-8714; Ed Von Bargen at or 513-518-9358; Michael G. Rapp at or 513-289-7400 (cell).

Companions on a Journey Grief Support: Perinatal / Neonatal Loss Group

This group is designed for parents who have lost a child from miscarriage to birth or the first year of life. This group meets at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 5720 Hamilton-Mason Road, Liberty Township, OH 45011. Registration is required. Contact Companions on a Journey Grief Support, Sheila Munafo-Kanoza 513-870-9108.

Healing Together Support Group

For families who have experienced pregnancy loss or the loss of an infant or young child. For questions regarding the group or other HEAL services, contact Sheree Young RN, CPLC; HEAL Program Coordinator, One Medical Center Drive, Middletown, OH 45005 at 513-705-4056 or

HEARTS: Heaven's Eternal Angels Remembered Through Sharing

It's purpose is to extend support to parents who have suffered pregnancy or infant loss due to molar or ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, neonatal death, SIDS, and birth defects. This group is NOT led by a psychologist or trained counselor, but rather, by women who have personally experienced similar losses. H.E.A.R.T.S. and its members strive to provide caring support, encouragement, and love during this difficult journey. The group meets every 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at: Florence United Methodist Church (Upper Level Conference Room), 8585 Old Toll Road, Florence, Kentucky 41042. (859) 371-7961.

PLUS: Prayerful, Loving and Understanding Support

Provides support meetings for parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn / infant death. Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:30-9 pm at St. Margaret of York Church, 9483 Columbia Road, Loveland, OH 45140. Contact Mary Kuenzig at 513-300-1537 or

Reach out to Grieving Parents

Peer support led by parents who have lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death. Meets the third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm, at Christ Hospital, 2139 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45219. Contact Carole Bonno at 513-922-8883, Grace DeGregorio at 513-791-1160 or Mary Kuenzig at 513-300-1537.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Support Group (SIDS) and Other Sudden Deaths

This group meets the third Tuesday of each month at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church, corner of Montgomery and Lester roads (enter at main entrance on Lester Road). This group is appropriate for those who experienced a sudden or unexpected death of an infant. Please contact Bob or Mary Ann Kirsch at 513-941-4490 or call the SIDS hotline at 513-636-8000.

Support For Grieving Parents

This group meets the second Tuesday of the each month from 7-8:30 pm at Dayton Children’s Hospital. For additional information, please contact Mary Ann Swank, Dayton Children's Hospital, One Children's Plaza, Dayton, OH 45404; 937-641-3463 / 937-239-9286 (cell) or


Annual Lantern Lighting Ceremony

Union Township, Clarence E. Combs, Mt. Moriah Cemetery

686 Mt. Moriah Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

Annual Lantern Lighting Ceremony

Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum

4521 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232


Annual Infant Loss Memorial Service

St Mary's Cemetery

2201 Dixie Hwy., Ft. Mitchell, KY, 41017

St. Elizabeth Pastoral Care

Labor and Delivery Chaplain


Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

NILMDTS Remembrance Walk

The NILMDTS Remembrance Walk, "Our Journey Together" is for parents, family members, and friends to come together to remember a precious baby who has died due to miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, neonatal or any type of pregnancy or infant loss.

Northern Kentucky Walk to Remember

Boone County Arboretum, Central Park

9190 Camp Ernst Road Union, Kentucky 41091

Cemeteries and Funeral Planning

Families may contact their places of worship to inquire about funeral planning and cemetery options. The following is a brief listing. We are glad to further assist families in locating funeral homes and spiritual support appropriate to their location and beliefs.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Cemeteries Office


Cincinnati Catholic Cemetery Society


Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati


Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati- Funeral Arrangements


Spring Grove


Vine Street Hill Cemetery Association


Lactation Support

Southern Ohio Birth Services

JoEllen Noble, IBCLC

Mothers' Milk Bank of Ohio


Ohio Lactation Consultant Association- Find An IBCLC

Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance- Resource Database