Upcoming Bereavement Support Group Offerings
 
Grief following the death of a central person in your life is one of the hardest things you will ever have to bear. It is painful, isolating, and often scary. To be newly bereaved in these unprecedented times of great uncertainty and fear is to have your grief compounded in ways one could never have imagined. 
 
Our bereavement support groups assist 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. They are not therapy groups, but rather, support groups where individuals can share their feelings and experiences in a caring and safe environment.
 
Please note that, in our experience, having at least 2-3 months time between the loss of your loved one and starting a support group is important in order to find the group most helpful. If you would like bereavement support sooner, please call or email us to schedule individual grief counseling until the timing is better to participate in a group. Thank you for your understanding.
 
During this time of social distancing, Hospice of Southern Maine will be offering an online bereavement support group via Zoom. Zoom is a secure video-conferencing platform that Hospice of Southern Maine staff can use for virtual face-to-face conversations with patients and families. Zoom is free, and it can be used on your smartphone or your computer.
 
We care about your loss and consider it a privilege to be of service.
 
Getting Through the Holidays: Online Bereavement Support Group
November 17, 2020 - January 5, 2021
Tuesday Daytime: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
This Tuesday Daytime Holiday Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Tuesdays from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM beginning on November 17, 2020 and ending on January 5, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Erin King, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
Our online bereavement support groups can accommodate up to 10 people. Groups will be held once a week for 90 minutes and will run for 8 weeks. For people who do not have a smartphone or computer, it is still possible to join in by phone for the audio portion only. For more information or to register for this Tuesday Daytime Zoom group, please contact Erin King at eking@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org or (207) 289-3521.
 
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 Death of a Parent: Online Bereavement Support Group for Younger Adults
January 6, 2021 - February 24, 2021
Wednesday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
This Wednesday Evening Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Wednesdays from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM beginning on January 6, 2021 and ending on February 24, 2021. This group is open to anyone between the ages of 18-30 who has experienced the death of a parent. The group will be facilitated by Erin King, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
The state we are at in life when we lose a central person greatly impacts our grieving process. Younger adults who have lost a parent often express feeling reluctant to join a bereavement support group with older adults who were fortunate enough to have had their parents for 40, 50, or 60 years - sometimes even longer. Feelings of jealousy, being cheated, having lost my anchor, and confronting my own mortality are all common and normal when grieving the loss of a parent earlier in life. This group will be a safe space to share your grief with others who are on a similar journey, to be supported, and to learn from each other and an experienced support group facilitator.
 
Our online bereavement support groups can accommodate up to 10 people. Groups will be held once a week for 90 minutes and will run for 8 weeks. For people who do not have a smartphone or computer, it is still possible to join in by phone for the audio portion only. For more information or to register for this Wednesday Evening Zoom group, please contact Erin King at eking@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org or (207) 289-3521.
 
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Monday Evening Online Bereavement Support Group
January 25, 2021 - March 15, 2021
Monday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
This Monday Evening Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Mondays from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM beginning on January 25, 2021 and ending on March 15, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Bobby Bennett, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
Our online bereavement support groups can accommodate up to 10 people. Groups will be held once a week for 90 minutes and will run for 8 weeks. For people who do not have a smartphone or computer, it is still possible to join in by phone for the audio portion only. For more information or to register for this Monday Evening Zoom group, please contact Bobby Bennett at bbennett@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org or (207) 289-3651. 
 
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Monday Daytime Online Bereavement Support Group
January 25, 2021 - March 15, 2021
Monday Daytime: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
This Monday Daytime Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Mondays from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM beginning on January 25, 2021 and ending on March 15, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
Our online bereavement support groups can accommodate up to 10 people. Groups will be held once a week for 90 minutes and will run for 8 weeks. For people who do not have a smartphone or computer, it is still possible to join in by phone for the audio portion only. For more information or to register for this Monday Daytime Zoom group, please contact Carol Schoneberg at cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org or (207) 289-3651. 
 
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Thursday Daytime Online Bereavement Support Group
February 18, 2021 - April 8, 2021
Thursday Daytime: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
This Thursday Daytime Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM beginning on February 18, 2021 and ending on April 8, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Erin King, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
Our online bereavement support groups can accommodate up to 10 people. Groups will be held once a week for 90 minutes and will run for 8 weeks. For people who do not have a smartphone or computer, it is still possible to join in by phone for the audio portion only. For more information or to register for this Thursday Daytime Zoom group, please contact Erin King at eking@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org or (207) 289-3521.