Mourning Hope Grief Center

NAGC Fall Webcast on Children's Grief

For Children's Grief Awareness Month, the Mourning Hope Grief Center in collaboration with the National Alliance for Grieving Children, will host a Fall Webcast on Children's Grief. This event will feature thought leaders from the field of childhood bereavement who appeal to a diverse audience, including funeral service, hospice care, health care, education, mental health, child welfare, and bereavement support professionals.

What: NAGC Fall Webcast on Children’s Grief

Where: Firespring- 1201 Infinity Court, Lincoln, NE, 68512

When: November 12, 2015, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm CST

Register: Call Mourning Hope at 402.488.8989 to register or email Please indicate if CEs are being requested.

Featured Presentations

Registration Costs

Holiday Hope/Art From Our Heart

Holiday Hope/Art From Our Heart is a one day event designed to help both bereaved adults and children cope during the holiday season.  In order to foster emotional healing and encourage individual creativity, the “Art From Our Heart” program partners skilled, local artists with children ages 5-17 who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives.  Children and teens will be joined by professional local artists to create memory items honoring their loved one.  This will take place Saturday December 5 from 9am-1pm at Mourning Hope.  During this time, caregivers will meet separately from 9-11am for emotional peer grief support.  Though the event is created for grieving families, the adult support group is open to anyone in the community.  Anyone is welcome, but you must register online.

Tree Lighting Ceremony/Open House

Come make an ornament in honor of your loved one and take the opportunity to see your family quilt, while enjoying cookies and cocoa.  This open house and tree lighting ceremony will take place at Mourning Hope on December 13 from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Past Programs and Events

Young Adult Social Event

We will have a social event on September 24th at Tico’s at 6:30pm. This is a chance for everyone to meet in a relaxed setting before we begin group in October. Mourning Hope will pay for dinner but pre-registration is required.  

Art From Our Heart

In order to help youth who have experienced the serious illness or death of someone significant in their lives, Mourning Hope partners with skilled local artists to provide our community’s children with a healthy, creative outlet that helps participants express some of the emotions they may experience. This summer Mourning Hope is offering two separate sessions of “Art From Our Heart.” Both sessions will have a different art focus. Youth are invited to attend just one or both.

Caregivers also have the option to attend “Caregiver Connection,” while their child attends Art From Our Heart. This session, for adult caregivers, is full of encouraging ideas and discussion to help caregivers learn how to support their grieving children and also find support for themselves.

All art supplies and lunch are provided to participants free of charge. Please register today as these events fill up fast!

Registration is required. To register, please call Mourning Hope at 402.488.8989 or e-mail

When: 9:00am-1:00pm
            Saturday, June 13, 2015
            Saturday, July 18, 2015
Where: Mourning Hope Grief Center
             4919 Baldwin Avenue
             Lincoln, NE 68504

Bits of Hope

This four week grief support session will allow children ages 5-12 to explore their grief by engaging in art, dramatic play, and stories.  Ages 13-17 will use photography and writing to explore their grief.  An additional support group for caregivers will be offered while the children are in their groups.

This program is free of charge, but registration is required to attend the group. To register, please call Mourning Hope at 402.488.8989, e-mail, or follow the link below.

When: Wednesday Evenings from 6:30-8:00pm
            June 3, 10, 17, & 24

Where: Mourning Hope Grief Center
             4919 Baldwin Avenue
              Lincoln, NE 68504

Party with a purpose!

Java & Jewels

“A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.”

Coffee with friends and shopping beautiful jewelry!

Bring a friend!  Bring two!

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Mourning Hope Grief Center-- supporting children, teens, young adults and their families who have suffered the serious illness or death of someone special.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Open House – stop in when you can -

Mourning Hope’s House -- 4919 Baldwin Avenue, Lincoln, Nebraska

Drawings for Free Jewelry!

Find the perfect gift for your mother, daughter, sister, friend, yourself!

Have you seen our new Spring/Summer Collections? - including our new brass jewelry?    

Silpada Designs is beautifully hand-crafted jewelry.  With so many pieces to choose from you'll see why it's easy to look fabulous and fashionable in Silpada!

Grief in the Workplace: Challenges, Obstacles and Compromises - Rachel Kodanaz

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Southeast Community College Continuing
Education Center, Lincoln
(6.0 contact hours awarded)

Every day in the United States alone, more than 30 million people are grieving the death of someone that they love. Many people who work together become like an extended family. Therefore when a colleague dies or one is grieving a death loss, the impact on his/her coworkers can be tremendous as well. Employees naturally bring grief into the workplace – compromising productivity and influencing workplace dynamics in a variety of manners. The proper support at work is essential for an individual to successfully navigate through the grieving process. This in turn helps their entire family cope with the stressors that come with grief. This powerful educational program will influence the way caregivers and employers both proactively and reactively address the bereavement process in their organizations. The day will address current challenges of mobile societies, company policies, social media, community crisis events, and compassionate fatigue while providing tools and ideas for supporting the workplace.

Who should attend?
This program is appropriate for anyone who has or is working with a grieving co-worker including, counselors, clergy, nurses, social workers and human resources staff in any setting.

Fee: $99 (lunch will be provided)
Thanks to the generosity of the Cooper Foundation, all attendees will receive a free copy of Ms. Kodanaz’s workbook, Grief In the Workplace Management Handbook, valued at nearly $30.

How to register
Contact Jeanette Walsh at 402-437-2706 or 800-828-0072, ext. 2706 or email

Living with Loss, One Day at a Time - Rachel Kodanaz

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Bryan Health – East Campus
Plaza Conference Center
1500 S. 48th St., Lincoln

Whether you are mourning the loss of a loved one or faced with a terminal illness, surviving and thriving is within you. Embrace your journey by living one day at a time navigating the challenges while celebrating your life and those around you. Join us for an evening filled with thought provoking ideas to help you learn to live with your loss while understanding your emotions.

Join us for this informative session and learn ways to support yourself and your family through their grief. There is no cost for this event, but pre-registration is required. To register, call 402-437-2700  or email to have a brochure mailed to you. You can also visit us online at and type “mourning hope” in the search bar.

Many thanks to the Community Health Endowment for a grant to cover speaker fees, therefore allowing this event to be a free community program.

It's OK to Ask for Help

Wed, Jan 14th, 6:30 PM

Sheridan Lutheran Church (70th and Old Cheney)

It's time to talk suicide. Mourning Hope will be involved in a community conversation & training. Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program will talk about postvention & prevention. One session will talk with YOUTH (middle & high school) and the other a separate presentation for ADULTS (parents, grandparents, 1st responders, educators, faith leaders, & other caring adults).

Presenting Partners will be available for questions and more information.

Holiday Season at Mourning Hope

Whatever your age, whoever has died, whatever the cause of death, holidays lived in the absence of a loved one can be very difficult. The arrival of the holidays often creates a variety of emotions, memories and expectations that center on family traditions and celebrations. While many people eagerly anticipate the annual holiday traditions, gatherings with family, and the positive feelings associated with the season, experiencing the holidays following the death of a loved one causes others to dread the upcoming season. In many cases, the traditional “bustle” of the season markedly contrasts with the emptiness and loneliness of grief.

The holiday season is an especially difficult time for those grieving the death of a loved one. Holidays are never the same – whether it’s the first holiday or many holidays after the death. At a time when many people celebrate with family and friends, others are experiencing feelings of sadness and isolation.

During the next two months, Mourning Hope will be offering several programs designed to help individuals navigate the challenging holiday season in the absence of their loved one.

All of the aforementioned programs are free to community members, but pre-registration is required. To register for any of the programs, call 402.488.8989 or e-mail:

Mourning Hope's 20th Birthday Party

Mourning Hope is celebrating 20 years of HOPE and we would like your help! On Sunday August 25th from 4-6pm at Mourning Hope Grief Center we will be hosting a party with free food and a balloon launch to celebrate. The balloon launch will take place at 5pm. This event is open to all community members, but we do ask that you RSVP! To RSVP e-mail or if you have any questions call 402.488.8989.

When: Sunday August 25th, 2014
Time: 4-6PM
Where: Mourning Hope Grief Center
4919 Baldwin Ave.

BNI of the Heartland Golf Outing May 19, 2014

BNI of the Heartland will host its
9th Annual Golf Outing, with proceeds benefiting the Mourning Hope Grief Center.

The event will be held on Monday, May 19th, beginning at 10 a.m. at
Iron Horse Golf Club, in Ashland, Nebraska.

Individual registration is $110 before May 2nd and $125 after that deadline. Foursome's are $400 before May 31 and $450 after May 2nd.

BNI of the Heartland invites you to add to the fun of the event and gain valuable exposure
through one of the diverse sponsorship opportunities.

Those wishing to participate as a golfer or sponsor can do so by clicking on the flyer below.

Questions can be addressed by Brian Hoffart at

2nd Annual LOSS Walk and Fun Run May 31, 2014

Save the Date
"Surviving the Stigma: A Journey for Hope"
2nd Annual LOSS Walk and Fun Run
This event will benefit the Lincoln/Lancaster County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team. The LOSS Team consists of trained survivors and mental health professionals acting as volunteers to bring immediate support to persons who have had a loved one complete a suicide.

Saturday, May 31
Registration | 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Walk and Run | 10:00 am - 12:00 noon

Holmes Lake Park
Shelter 1
Lincoln, Nebraska

How Far
2 Miles
Around the lake on the limestone path

$20 | Adults (18+)
$10 | Youth
Registration includes t-shirt and bracelet
Registration must be received by May 17 to guarantee shirt size

Register Now by going to

Celebrate Your Loved Ones
Celebrate your loved ones with a remembrance balloon to be displayed at the event for $10.Balloons can be added during online registration