Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is offering several bereavement support groups this fall–one for adults who have lost a parent, and two others for people who have lost a spouse.
All bereavement support groups are held at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County 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.
The support groups are free-of-charge and open to the public but pre-registration is required. For more information, or to pre-register for any of these bereavement support groups, call Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203.762.8958, ext. 255.
Children Grieving the Loss of a Parent
This eight-week bereavement support group will help adults cope with loss following the death of a parent. The group will meet weekly in Wilton on Tuesday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 19 and will continue through Nov. 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.”
Grieving the Loss of a Spouse
Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer two, eight-week bereavement support groups this fall to help individuals cope with loss following the death of a spouse.
One support group will meet Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3 p.m. beginning Sept. 27 and continuing through Nov. 15. The second support group will meet Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 21 and continuing through Nov. 9.
“In these support groups, we will explore the grieving process and the profound sense of personal loss that follows the death of a spouse,” says Nanette Greene, MA, LPC, a grief and bereavement counselor with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.
“With the death of a spouse, we experience the loss of what is probably the most fundamental relationship in our adult lives,” adds Greene. “We not only lose a loved one but a vital part of our identity as well. It can feel like half of our self is gone when a husband or wife dies and this can be traumatic. These bereavement support groups will help participants gain a deeper understanding of their feelings of grief and loss and begin the process of healing.”
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. Visit them online or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.