Grief Support Groups

"Grief is a normal reaction to loss and a crucial part of healing"

 Why Do I Feel Like This?

You don’t need to minimize or feel guilty about your grief: 

  • Grief is a normal reaction to loss 
  • Grief is necessary for healing 
  • Grief is unique to every person 

 What Is Bereavement Counseling?

Bereavement Counseling teaches us that grief is a normal reaction to loss and a crucial part of healing by: 

  • Listening to and accepting your personal feelings of grief 
  • Affirming that what you are experiencing is normal 
  • Providing information about the grief process and coping skills for specific issues

 How Will Bereavement Counseling Help? 

Most people come away from counseling with benefits such as: 

  • Understanding what their loss means to them and their family 
  • Realizing that their life will never be the same, and that they can achieve a new normalcy 
  • Gaining a sense of hope and confidence for the future 
  • Believing that they will survive  

 What Are My Next Steps? 

In the next few days we will list some area services here on this page, as some local services are changing. Please check back on this page soon.

Spring Bereavement Groups 2016

All groups and workshops meet at the Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. office at 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, except when otherwise noted.

GRIEF 101

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration required by February 24

To register, call Linda Clark, LCSW, at 735-6487 x261 or 1-800-317-5661.
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. Facilitated by Linda Clark, LCSW.


ADULT PARENTAL LOSS

Starts Wednesday, May 4, 2016, and meets for four (4) Wednesdays in a row.
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Pre-registration required by April 27.

To register, call Linda Clark, LCSW, at 735-6487 x261 or 1-800-317-5661.
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. Led by Linda Clark, LCSW.


PASSAGES

Starts Tuesday, May 17, 2016, and meets for four (4) Tuesdayss in a row.
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Pre-registration required by May 10

To register, call Janet Benjamin, LCSW-R, at735-6487 x271 or 1-800-317-5661.
Passages is for any adult who has experienced the loss of a loved one from illness, accident, or suicide. Each person grieves in their own way and in their own time. This group is a safe place to share feelings and experiences, ask questions, seek support, or just listen. It is a place to receive and give support. Led by Anne Mercurio Dunn, LCSW.


GRIEF-AFTER THE FIRST YEAR

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration required by March 2

To register, call Linda Clark, LCSW, at 735-6487 x261 or 1-800-317-5661.
An educational session for adults who are approaching or 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. Presented by Linda Clark, LCSW.


WHAT ABOUT ME?

Starts Tuesday, April 12, 2016 and meets for six (6) Tuesdays in a row.
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Pre-registration required by April 5

To register, call Judy Tastor, at 735-6487 x251 or 1-800-317-5661
This group utilizes arts and crafts to help children ages 6-12 years old recognize their grief, understand their feelings, express them in a healthy manner, and give and receive support. Led by Judy Tastor, Hospice Family Services Coordinator.

A 45-minute orientation is required for parent/guardian the first day.


SPOUSAL LOSS GRIEF GROUP (AFTERNOON GROUP)

Starts Tuesday, March 22, 2016, and meets for six (6) Tuesdays in a row.
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Pre-registration required by March 15

To register, contact Janet Benjamin, LCSW, at Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 735-6487 x271 or 1-800-317-5661.
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. One day you are together as a couple, the next you are single and grieving. 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. Led by Janet Benjamin, LCSW.


BEREAVED PARENTS

Starts Thursday, May 12, 2016, and meets for four (4) Thursdays in a row.
5:00-6:30 p.m.
Pre-registration required by MaY 5

To register, contact Janet Benjamin, LCSW, at Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 735-6487 x271 or 1-800-317-5661.
For any parent who has suffered the loss of a child. Those who have lost a child know their grief is a lifelong journey. This group addresses the issues and challenges bereaved parents face. It offers support and understanding of parents’ special needs. Grand-parents are welcome to attend. Facilitated by Janet Benjamin, LCSW. The group meets the second


SPOUSAL LOSS (Monthly Drop-in Group)

Meets the second Monday of every month
6:30-8:00 p.m
Pre-registration preferred, but not required.

To register, contact Janet Benjamin, LCSW-R, at Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 735-6487 x271 or 1-800-317-5661.
The monthly drop-in group provides bereaved spouses or partners a safe place to talk about the issues and challenges they face day to day. We suggest participants wait a minimum of three months after their loss to attend. Led by Hospice Volunteer Jim Mullen.


YOUNG WIDOWS GRIEF GROUP

Starts Wednesday, March 16, 2016, and meets for six (6) Wednesdays in a row.
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Pre-registration required by Wednesday, March 9

To register, contact Linda Clark, LCSW, at Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 735-6487 x261 or 1-800-317-5661.
A bereavement group for young widows (30’s through 60’s) who are dealing with the death of their spouses/partners. 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. Led by Linda Clark, LCSW.


HERKIMER COUNTY WALKERS

Every Tuesday at Herkimer County Community College Physical Education Building at the Inside Track on Reservoir Road.
8:30 a.m

Contact Dorothy Suits, 867-9848.
For any adult who has experienced a loss. Walk and talk with others who have experienced a loss or walk as an individual in quiet introspection knowing support is nearby if wanted. Led by Hospice Volunteer Dorothy Suits.


HOSPICE SANGERTOWN WALKERS

Inside Sangertown Mall in front of Macy’s.
Mondays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m.
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.

Contact Nan Hyde (737-5833); Regina English (736-7881); or Bertha Lawson (724-5026).
For any adult who has experienced a more recent loss. Walk and talk with others who have experienced a loss or walk as an individual in quiet introspection knowing support is nearby if wanted. Led by specially trained Hospice volunteers.


NEWLY BEREAVED HOSPICE SANGERTOWN WALKERS

Inside Sangertown Mall in front of Macy’s
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.

Contact Gloria McRorie 839-5074 or Bertha Lawson (724-5026)
For any adult who has experienced a more recent loss. Walk and talk with others who have experienced a loss or walk as an individual in quiet introspection knowing support is nearby if wanted. Led by specially trained Hospice volunteers.


JOURNEY TOGETHER

Contact Paul Kempkes at 724-3531 for further information and a calendar of activities.
A social group providing a variety of activities for the bereaved. Breakfasts, card nights, dinner dances, and more. This group is ideal for persons who are healing in their grief and ready to socialize in a safe, nurturing environment. Coordinated by Hospice Volunteer, Paul Kempkes.


This program will provide education on how to embrace the holidays while grieving the loss of a loved one.

Holidays are filled with traditions that are an important part of our culture and family structure, yet honoring these customs can be difficult at a time when our energy and spirits are low.

We will focus on how to build bridges from our past to our present by altering expectations to meet our current needs.

Included in the program is a ceremony to celebrate the lives of those we have loved and lost. At the conclusion, refreshments will be served offering time for us to continue the support and comfort found during the program.

 

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