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 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. 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 over 20 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.