Upcoming Bereavement Support Group Offerings
 

Daytime Bereavement Support Group

in Scarborough at Hospice of Southern Maine - 180 US Route One

Hospice of Southern Maine will be sponsoring a daytime bereavement support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. This group will meet for

8 consecutive Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 p.m., with the first session on

May 9, and the final session on June 27, 2017

We ask that people try to attend every session if possible.

This group will be facilitated by Pilar Gizzi and Ana Courtney, of Hospice of Southern Maine, experienced support group facilitators. Our bereavement support group assists individuals who may be dealing with issues of sadness, grief, depression, anger, guilt or any other related feelings accompanying the death of a loved one. This is not a therapy group, but rather a support group where individuals can share their feelings and experiences in a caring and safe environment.

This closed 8 week session, limited to 12 participants, is offered at no charge. Advance registration is required. Complete and return the attached questionnaire in order to hold your place in the group. 

We care about your loss and consider it a privilege to be of service. To register for the group or for additional information, please contact Carol Schoneberg at

289-3651 or by email at cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org

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Evening Bereavement Support Group

in Scarborough

Hospice of Southern Maine will be sponsoring a evening bereavement support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. This group will meet for

8 consecutive Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with the first session on

May 31 and the final session on July 19, 2017. This group will be held at the main office of Hospice of Southern Maine at 180 U.S. Route One in Scarborough. We ask that people try to attend every session if possible.

This group will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg and Kristen Breault, experienced support group facilitators. Our bereavement support group assists individuals who may be dealing with issues of sadness, grief, depression, anger, guilt or any other related feelings accompanying the death of a loved one. This is not a therapy group, but rather a support group where individuals can share their feelings and experiences in a caring and safe environment.

This closed 8 week session, limited to 12 participants, is offered at no charge. Advance registration is required. Complete and return the attached questionnaire in order to hold your place in the group.

 

We care about your loss and consider it a privilege to be of service. To register for the group or for additional information, please contact Carol Schoneberg at

cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org or call at 289-3651.

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Healing Through Writing

Workshop

(for those who have experienced the death of a loved one more than three months ago)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hospice of Southern Maine

Main Office at 180 U.S. Route One in Scarborough

$20 covers the cost of lunch and materials

(scholarships available upon request)

 

One of the most common questions asked by those who have experienced the death of a loved one is, “How long will I have to hurt like this?” While grief is unique to each person and there is no answer to this question, there are things we can do that help lead us toward healing. Writing can be a powerful tool in working through grief. Facilitator Maggie Butler describes the workshop as follows:

An Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) creative writing workshop offers a safe container in which any participant can feel less isolated, a strong feeling often associated with bereavement.

Different forms of writing—poetry, short or flash fiction, or haiku—offer condensed forms into which the writer can place much larger emotions, often by making them feel more manageable. For many people to face their loss and pain head-on, directly on the page, can be overwhelming. Using metaphor, simile and imagery allows people to express their feelings or thoughts in terms of something else, and can feel far less threatening. Creative writing also allows writers the opportunity to discover feelings they didn’t realize were there—including hope—acting like a bridge to a new way of life by tapping into creativity, imagining, remembering or re-imaging.

 

No prior writing experience is necessary to attend an AWA creative writing workshop.

Two important things to know about this workshop:

  • We will NOT be concerned with grammar or punctuation in this workshop. Without that worry, participants can allow inspiration and creativity to freely take them wherever their pen leads.
  • There will be no criticism offered to our brand-new, first draft writing. Should someone choose to share their writing with us, we will comment only about what we like about the piece, what was strong and memorable about the writing.

 

Group size is limited to 12. To register, please contact Carol Schoneberg at Hospice of Southern Maine at 289-3651 or cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org  

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Future Bereavement Support Group Offerings

July 27 - September 14, 2017 - Thursday Afternoons 2:00-3:30 at the Scarborough Public Library

October 2 - November 20, 2017 - Monday Evenings 5:30-7:00 at the HSM Main Office

November 13 - January 15, 2018 - "Getting Through the Holidays" - Monday Afternoons 2:00-3:30 (will not meet on 12/25 or 1/1) at the HSM Main Office