Healing after a loss can be a difficult journey. Beginning in September, Baystate Wing VNA and Hospice will offer support groups for people experiencing the grief that follows the death of a loved one.
“Bereavement is the period of grief and mourning after a death,” said Melissa Ross, social worker and bereavement coordinator. “Support groups can help to inspire strength in those who have suffered a tremendous loss and can offer a sense of togetherness and understanding from people who have experience the same feelings.”
What to expect
Ross will facilitate two groups. Ther will be a Drop-in Bereavement Support group that will meet the first Monday of each month from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. There will also be an 8 week General Bereavement Support Group, requiring registration, that will meet on Tuesday evening’s from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, beginning September 15 and will run through November 3.
“These support groups offer the opportunity to make meaning of the loss with others who are going through a similar process,” said Ross. “Bereavement support groups offer companionship and understanding from others who are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.
The Bereavement Support group meetings are held at the Baystate Wing VNA & Hospice offices located at the Palmer Technology Center, Building 3, 4th floor, 4 Springfield Street in Three Rivers, MA, 01080.
The sessions are free. To pre-register for the 8 week General Bereavement Support group or for more information, contact Melissa Ross at 413-668-4226.