Spring bereavement support groups, workshops announced

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NEW HARTFORD — Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, will offer a series of bereavement support groups and workshops in the spring.

A bereavement grief support group offers a different quality of support and connection that comes from being with people who have also recently experienced a loss. Grief support groups provide emotional support, validation and education about grief.

Hospice’s support groups are available for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Sometimes it is helpful to be in the company of others who have experienced profound loss.

Grief 101

An educational opportunity for any adult experiencing grief. Normal grief reactions, theories related to grief and coping techniques will be presented via a Power Point presentation followed by a time for questions. Grief 101 will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22.

To register, call Licensed Clinical Social Worker Linda Clark at 315-735-6487 ext. 1015 by March 15.

Writing Through Grief

Grief journaling is one way to promote healing. Writing is a creative process that helps you explore and discover your own thoughts and feelings. Journals will be provided to the participants. Meetings start Thursday, March 31, and meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for five consecutive weeks.

To register, call LCSW Sabrina Wing at 315-982-2103 by March 28.

Grief After the First Year

An educational session for adults who are beyond the first year of grief. This 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. This will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

To register, call LCSW Linda Clark at 315-735-6487 ext. 1015 by March 22.

Young Widows Group

For young widows, 20s through 60s.

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. Juggling jobs, children, parents and social obligations is hard; it feels overwhelming when spousal grief is added. This group provides the time to express and share grief, learn coping skills from one another, give and receive support, and begin the healing process. Meetings start Tuesday, April 5, and meets for six consecutive weeks.

Afternoon group: 2:30-4 p.m.

Evening group: 5:30-7 p.m.

To register, call LCSW Linda Clark at 315-735-6487 ext. 1015 by March 29.

Adult Parental Loss

For any adult who has experienced the death of a parent. The loss of a parent is the most common form of bereavement in our country. Because of this, adult children often feel a sense of isolation and may sense 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. This 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.

Starts Thursday, April 7, and meets for six consecutive weeks from 5:30-7 p.m.

To register, call Licensed Medical Social Worker Adrian Bartholomeo at 315-570-1131 by March 31.

Spousal Loss Grief Group

For anyone who has experienced the death of a spouse or partner.

The length of a marriage or committed relationship does not determine the depth of grief.

This group focuses on normal responses to grief and the tasks of mourning. It is a safe place to share feelings and experiences, ask questions, and seek comfort. It is a place to receive and give support.

Starts Wednesday, April 6, and meets for six consecutive weeks.

Afternoon group: 2:30-4 p.m.

Evening group: 5:30-7 p.m.

To register, call LCSW Sabrina Wing at 315-982-2103 by April 1.

Brave Hearts Children’s Program

For children between the ages of 6 to 12 years old who have lost a parent, grandparent, or special person in their life.

This group utilizes age-appropriate activities to help children recognize their own grief, understand their feelings, and express them in a healthy manner. This allows them to connect with other children who have had similar experiences and provide support to each other.

Dates and times to be determined.

To register, call LMSW Adrian Bartholomeo at 315-570-1131 or LCSW Sabrina Wing at 315-982-2103.

All groups and workshops meet at the Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. office, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, except when otherwise noted. There is no charge for bereavement groups or workshops. Donations are always appreciated.

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