Companions on a Journey

Surrounded by Hope, Strength and Healing, support is provided to anyone (young or old) who is grieving a loss.

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MISSION: Surrounded by Hope, Strength and Healing, support is provided to anyone (young or old) who is grieving a loss via grief support groups, resources, and education. COJ provides: a Connection to peers with similar grief experiences so that each person’s voice can be heard and honored; HOPE to shine a light forward; STRENGTH to create a balance; and HEALING to nurture a new normal. Our vision is that we one day live in a world where no one grieves alone.

Youth & Family Grief Support:

School-based programming (K–12)
Monthly grief support groups
Consultation and education for caregivers and staff
Crisis response and support
Pathway to Healing Annual Events
Mending Hearts: Ongoing program; children ages 3–18 and their families

Adult Grief Support:
Loss-specific monthly grief groups
Social outings
Annual grief retreat
Individual consultation and crisis support

Education & Training:
Grief education webinars
Facilitator training
Caregiver education
Postvention support

Workplace & Partners:
Grief in the Workplace resources
Crisis intervention and consulting
Custom-designed team grief support sessions and materials
First Responders, Health Care, and Essential Workers Program

Executive Director: Sheila Munafo-Kanoza
Board Chair: Chad Smith
Treasurer: Sowmya Aggarwal
Board Advisor: Tom Kanoza
Board members: John Atkinson, Brian Boyle, Elgin Card, Elizabeth Dreyer, Jeanne Feldkamp, Jim Morgan, Lisa Reinhard, Craig Sander

OTHER WAYS TO HELP: We’re so grateful for the community that has funded, volunteered, honored, and supported our work to be here for bereaved children and adults for almost 25 years! Our work is not finished, and we continue to need you to be here for us. Please donate today to ensure that COJ remains resilient and able to support children and adults who are grieving.
Donate Financially: Your monetary gift to COJ provides grief support to those whose loss has left a hole in their heart. Make an individual or recurring donation or sponsor a fundraiser. Follow us on Facebook for upcoming events or contact our Development Coordinator at
Donate Stock: Gifts of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds make a lasting impact. Contact our Finance Manager at for details.
Donate Materials: Fabric for our sewn resources; snacks and water for our grief groups; and donations for events. Please contact our office if you can help.
Volunteer: At events, with groups, on projects in your home or in our West Chester office.
Sponsor a Fundraiser: National Children’s Grief Awareness Breakfast – November 2021; Golf Outing – Summer 2022; Dedicate your Facebook Fundraiser to Companions on a Journey Grief Support.
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8857 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd., Suite #002
West Chester, OH 45069
(513) 870-9108

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