Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County has announced the start of three important support group workshops, starting next week.

All of the support groups are held at the Visiting Nurse offices in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center at I-Park. I-Park is located at 761 Main Ave./Rte. 7 on the Norwalk/Wilton town line.

Bereavement Support for Adults who have Lost a Parent

Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer an eight-week bereavement support group this winter to help adults cope with loss following the death of a parent. The group will meet weekly in Wilton on Tuesday afternoons from 3-4:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 17 and will continue through March 7.

“In this support group we will address the range of powerful emotions that are common among adults following the death of a parent including depression, fear, abandonment, remorse, isolation, loneliness and guilt,” says Rev. Karen Judd, LCSW, an interfaith minister and grief and bereavement counselor with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. “Regardless of age or the particular circumstances of the loss, the death of a parent can be a profoundly effecting experience and it is essential to attend to these feelings of grief in order to begin the process of healing.”

This support group is free of charge and open to the public but pre-registration is required. For more information, or to pre-register for this bereavement support group, call 203.834.6341, ext. 255.

Caregiver Support

Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is sponsoring an eight-week Caregivers’ Support Group this winter. Beginning Jan. 17, and running through March 7, the group will meet in Wilton every Tuesday afternoon from 1-2:30 p.m.. The support group is free of charge and open to the public but pre-registration is required.

“Any person caring for a family member or loved one at home with a chronic illness or debilitating condition soon realizes that they have lost their independence and freedom,” said Laurie Petrasanta, MS, BSW, a counselor with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. “The stress and exhaustion can be overwhelming for caregivers. Caregivers need to take a break and take care of themselves. They need to talk with others in similar circumstances, where they will find understanding that isn’t available anywhere else.”

For more information, or to pre-register for the Caregivers’ Support Group, contact Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, at 203.834.6341, ext. 255.

Bereavement Support to Parents who are Grieving the Loss of a Child

The death of a child is the most dreadful experience a parent can face. Grieving parents may question whether life will ever hold meaning for them again and wonder how they will survive the anguish of their loss. They often blame themselves or they may be angry with their spouse, a physician, or God.

Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer an eight-week bereavement support group this winter to help parents cope with loss following the death of a child. The support group will meet weekly on Thursday afternoons from 2:30-4 p.m. beginning Jan. 19 and continue through March 9.

“Bereaved parents often experience more anger, depression, guilt and physical symptoms than those grieving other kinds of losses,” said Laurie Petrasanta, MS, BSW of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. “Parents frequently feel traumatized and isolated in their grief and it is essential for them to talk with other people who understand the devastating nature of their loss and can empathize. This support group will offer bereaved parents a safe place to talk about their child and their loss as well as their fears, anxieties and other feelings. Parents will learn from the shared experiences of others who have suffered a similar loss.”

This support group is free-of-charge and open to the public but pre-registration is required. For more information, or to pre-register for this bereavement support group, call Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203.834.6341, ext. 316.

A non-profit community organization for more than 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice and palliative care for adults and children in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County.