The death of a child is likely 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 summer 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 June 23 and continue through August 11.

“Bereaved parents often experience more anger, depression, guilt and physical symptoms than those grieving other kinds of losses,” says 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.”

The bereavement support group will be 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.

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. Visit them online or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.