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Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County has scheduled several support groups this summer to help individuals in need of community and counseling.

All 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. The appropriate phone numbers for registration are listed below in the group descriptions.

Bereavement Support Group–Widow/Widowers

Visiting Nurse & Hospice will offer two, 8-week bereavement support groups to help individuals cope with loss following the death of a spouse.

One support group will meet Wednesday afternoons, 1:30-3 p.m. beginning July 12 and continuing through Aug. 30. The second support group will meet Thursday evenings, 6-7:30 p.m. beginning July 20 and continuing through Sept. 7.

“In these support groups, we will explore the grieving process and the profound sense of personal loss that follows the death of a spouse,” said 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,” continues 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.”

For more information, or to register to attend one of the spouse bereavement support groups, call Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203.762.8958, extension 316.

Bereavement Support to Grieving Parents

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 8-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, 2:30-4 p.m., beginning July 13 and continuing through Aug. 31.

“Bereaved parents often experience more anger, depression, guilt and physical symptoms than those grieving other kinds of losses,” said Laurie Petrasanta, MS, BSW a counselor 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.”

For more information, or to pre-register for this parent bereavement support group, call Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203.834.6341, extension 316.

Caregiver Support

Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is sponsoring an 8-week support group for caregivers this summer. Beginning July 11, the Caregivers’ Support Group will meet in Wilton every Tuesday afternoon, 1:00-2:30 p.m. through Aug. 29.

“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 Petrasanta. “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 empathy and 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, extension 255.

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 children and adults in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County. The agency is a preferred provider of home health care and hospice services for the Western Connecticut Health Network. Visit them online or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.