Companions on a Journey Grief Support, Inc. (COJ) offers support to anyone who has suffered the death of a loved one. The feelings that come with grief can cause a person to feel numb, lost, alone, angry and confused. It can feel as though someone has reached in your chest and pulled your heart out. It helps to know that you are not alone. Sharing one’s grief has helped many to adjust to the new world in which they now must live: “For someone so loved will never be forgotten.”
COJ is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit social service organization that provides bereavement and educational services to help those who grieve and educate those who do not understand the world of grief. We service the West Chester and Liberty Township, Ohio, areas as well as the Tri-State.
COJ was founded by Sheila Munafo-Kanoza in 1997 as a faith-based community volunteer organization. COJ operates and facilitates grief-specific support groups:
- Child loss
- New Beginnings Widowed
- Young Widowed
- Living Again Widowed
- Survivors of Suicide
- Open Grief Group for Parents/ Siblings/Friends
- Perinatal/Neonatal Loss
- Young Adult
- Teens-in-Grief Support Programs for area high schools
- We also provide support through our Seasons of Grief Newsletter, Grief Workshops, Topic Nights, Retreats, and Educational classes.
For 18 years, Companions on a Journey has created a safe environment for those who grieve. Our staff members are nationally-recognized facilitators through the American Academy of Bereavement (AAB), the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructors (Question, Persuade, Refer) for the prevention of suicide and post-vention and members of the National Catholic Ministry to Bereaved.
We lead support groups for the bereaved including child loss, spousal loss, parent loss, surviving after suicide, sibling loss, young adult loss, family support, teen grief, friend grief. We offer the following grief support programs throughout the year:
- Why is this happening to me? (Tips for Grief Recovery)
- Strength, Hope and Healing through Grief
- Taking Time to Remember
- Grief and the Holidays
- Friend Grief and Grief in the Workplace
- Grief That Comes When a Parent Dies
- Understanding the Spiral of Grief