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 online bereavement support groups 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.
 
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.
 
We care about your loss and consider it a privilege to be of service.
 
 
Monday Evening Zoom Bereavement Support Group
June 14, 2021 - August 2, 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 to 7:00 PM beginning on June 14, 2021 and ending on August 2, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
For more information or to register for this Monday Evening Zoom group, please call Carol Schoneberg at (207) 289-3651 or email cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.
 
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Zoom Workshop
Healing Through Writing:
I Don't Know How I Feel Until I Write It
Saturday, June 19, 2021
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(lunch break 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
 
For those who have had at least 2 months since the death of their loved one before participating in the workshop.
 
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/journaling can be a powerful tool in working through grief.
 
Facilitator Carol Schoneberg describes the workshop as follows:
This writing workshop offers a safe container in which participants can feel less isolated, a strong feeling often associated with bereavement. Different forms of writing - poetry, short fiction, or haiku - offer condensed forms into which the writer can place much larger emotions, often making them feel more manageable. 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-imagining.
 
Starting prompts will be given for each of the writing exercises. Each writing exercise will last for 5-10 minutes.
 
No prior writing experience is necessary to attend this workshop!
 
Three important things to know about this workshop:
1. 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.
2. There will be NO criticism offered. 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, what might have touched you or helps you in your own grief.
3. Sharing your writing is optional, although the workshop is most helpful for those who decide to share what they've written. Sharing your words with others is part of the healing power of writing.
 
Group size is limited to 8. To register or for more information, please contact Carol Schoneberg at cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.
 
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After the Death of a Parent: Zoom Bereavement Support Group for Younger Adults
June 22, 2021 - August 10, 2021
Tuesday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
This Tuesday Evening Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Tuesdays from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM beginning on June 22, 2021 and ending on August 10, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Erin King, an experienced support group facilitator.
 
This group is open to anyone between the ages of 18-30 who has experienced the death of a parent. The stage 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 bereavement support group facilitator.
 
For more information or to register for this Tuesday Evening Zoom group, please call Erin King at (207) 289-3521 or email eking@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org
If registering, please also fill out this questionnaire and email it to Erin or mail it to our offices at 390 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.
 
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Thursday Daytime Zoom Bereavement Support Group
June 24, 2021 - August 12, 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 June 24, 2021 and ending on August 12, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Erin King, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
For more information or to register for this Thursday Daytime Zoom group, please call Erin King at (207) 289-3521 or email eking@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org
If registering, please also fill out this questionnaire and email it to Erin or mail it to our offices at 390 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.