Fall bereavement support groups, workshops announced

NEW HARTFORD — Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, will host bereavement support groups and workshops starting in the fall.

Hospice & Palliative Bereavement support groups and workshops combine grief counseling and education to promote healing following the death of a loved one. These groups provide emotional, psychological and moral support for its members.

Groups and workshops are free and are open to everyone, regardless of whether a loved one received hospice services. Hospice & Palliative Care will offer the following groups at the center.

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 time for questions. Monday, Sept. 19, 2:30-4 pm To register, call Licensed Clinical Social Worker Linda Clark at 315-735-6484, ext. 1015

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. Starts Wednesday, Sept. 21 and meets for six consecutive weeks from 3:30-5 pm To register, call LCSW Sabrina Wing at 315-982-2103.

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. Monday, Sept. 26 2:30-4 pm or 5:30-7 pm To register, call Linda Clark at 315-735-6484, ext. 1015

Young widows group — For young widows ages 20 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. 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. Starts Wednesday, Sept. 21 and meets for six consecutive weeks from 5:30-7 pm To register, call Sabrina Wing at 315-982-2103.

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. 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. It will be held Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7 pm starting Sept. 19 and 20, and meets for six consecutive weeks. To register, call Licensed Clinical Social Worker Adrian Bartholomeo at 315-570-1131.

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 Tuesday, Sept. 20 and meets for six consecutive weeks from 2:30-4 pm To register, call Linda Clark at 315-735-6484, ext. 1015

Brave Hearts children’s program — For children between the ages of 6-12 who have lost a parent, grandparent, or special person in their life. The 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. Starts Aug. 22 and meets for six consecutive weeks from 5:30-7 pm To register, call Adrian Bartholomeo at 315-570-1131 or Sabrina Wing at 315-982-2103.

Grief and the holidays — The workshop will provide practical ideas on how to embrace the holidays while grieving the loss of a loved one. During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to honor those who have died. It will be held Sunday, Oct. 16 from 2-4 pm To register call 315-735-6487, ext. 1214 and leave a message with your name, phone number and the number of people attending by Oct. 14. The workshop will be held at New Hartford First United Methodist Church, 105 Genesee St.

Donations during support groups and workshops are accepted but not required.

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