Hospice announces March workshops, support groups

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NEW HARTFORD — Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, will offer spring workshops and support groups starting in March.

The following is a list of workshops and groups:

• Grief After the First Year is an educational session for adults who are beyond the first year of grief.  The session will cover what to expect as the grief journey continues, techniques to find the balance between grieving and going on, and ways to incorporate the loss into one’s identity and search for meaning.  The workshop will be facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Linda Clark, and will meet on Wednesday, March 7 from 2:30-4 p.m.  To register, contact Clark at 315-735-6487, ext. 1015 by Feb. 28.

• Young Widows is for young widows ages 30-60.  Often women in this age group do not have peers who are going through this kind of loss and their grief can feel very isolating, Clark said. Juggling jobs, children, parents, and social obligations may be difficult while balancing grief.  The group provides the time to express and share grief, learn coping skills from one another, give and receive support and begin the healing process. The group will be facilitated by Clark and will meet on Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. from March 14 through April 18.  To register, contact Clark at 315-735-6487, ext. 1015 by March 7.

• Grief 101 is an educational opportunity for any adult experiencing grief.  Normal grief reactions, theories related to grief, and coping techniques will be presented via a PowerPoint presentation followed by a time for questions.  The workshop will be facilitated by Licensed Master Social Worker Adrian Bartholomeo, and will meet on Friday, March 9 from 3-4:30 p.m.  To register, contact Bartholomeo at 315-735-6487, ext. 1070 by Feb. 28.

• Adult Parental Loss is for any adult who has experienced the death of a parent.  The loss of a parent is the most common form of bereavement in the country. Because of this, adult children often feel a sense of isolation and may feel an unspoken message that adult parental loss is less significant than other losses. No matter what the age of our parent or where or how the death occurred, the grief felt by an adult child can be intense and overwhelming.

The group is a safe place to share feelings and experiences, ask questions, seek comfort or just listen. It is a place to receive and give support.  This group will be facilitated by Bartholomeo, and will meet on Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m. from March 12 through April 16.  To register, contact Bartholomeo at 315-735-6487, ext. 1070 by March 5.

All groups are free. For more information, contact the facilitators listed above. 

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