Upcoming Bereavement Support Group Offerings
 
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 of 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. Than you for your understanding.
 
We care about your loss and consider it a privilege to be of service.
 

Monday Daytime Bereavement Support Group

April 1, 2019 - May 20, 2019
Monday Daytime: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074
 
We ask that people try to attend every session if possible.

This Monday Daytime group will meet for 8 Mondays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, beginning on April 1, 2019 and ending on May 20, 2019. The group will be held at the main office of Hospice of Southern Maine located at 180 US Route One in Scarborough, ME. It will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced support group facilitator. 

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

For more information on the Monday group, please contact Carol Schoneberg at 207-289-3651 or by email at cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

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Parent Bereavement Support Group

Parents Who Have Lost an Adult Child

April 9, 2019 - May 28, 2019
Tuesday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074
 
We ask that people try to attend every session if possible.
 
Parents Who Have Lost an Adult Child will take place on 8 Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM beginning on April 9, 2019 with the final session on May 28, 2019. This group is open to any parent who has experienced the death of an adult child. All sessions will be held at Hospice of Southern Maine's main office at 180 US Route One in Scarborough, ME. This group will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced support group facilitator.
 
This closed 8 week session, limited to 12 participants, is offered at no charge. Advance registration is required. Complete and return this questionnaire in order to hold your place in the group. 
 
The death of one's child is considered "a death out of sequence" - we do not expect our children to die before we do. Losing a child at any age is something no parent ever wants to face, but the parent who loses an adult child does not always receive the same degree of acknowledgement and support as the parent who experiences the death of a younger child. While parents never "get over" the death of a child, some have found a way to understand that the depth of their pain is a measure of the depth of their love, and they have eventually learned how to live with the loss in a way that honors their child. Participants will have the opportunity to share with a skilled group facilitator and other surviving parents. Please call Carol Schoneberg at 207-289-3651 or by email at cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org for additional information.

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Wednesday Evening Bereavement Support Group

May 8, 2019 - June 26, 2019
Wednesday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074
 
We ask that people try to attend every session if possible.

This Wednesday Evening group will meet for 8 Wednesdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, beginning on May 8, 2019 and ending on June 26, 2019. The group will be held at the main office of Hospice of Southern Maine located at 180 US Route One in Scarborough, ME. It will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced support group facilitator. 

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

For additional information, please contact Carol Schoneberg at 207-289-3651 or by email at cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

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Tuesday Daytime Bereavement Support Group

June 11, 2019 - July 30, 2019
Tuesday Daytime: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074
 
We ask that people try to attend every session if possible.

This Tuesday Daytime support group will meet for 8 Tuesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, beginning on June 11, 2019 and ending on July 30, 2019. The group will be held at the main office of Hospice of Southern Maine located at 180 US Route One in Scarborough, ME. It will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced support group facilitator. 

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

For more information on the Tuesday group, please contact Carol Schoneberg at 207-289-3651 or by email at cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

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Healing Through the Arts Workshop

Saturday, May 25, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Hospice of Southern Maine
180 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074
$20 covers the cost of lunch and materials, including journals
(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 and making art can be powerful tools in working through grief.
No prior writing experience is necessary to attend this 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. 
 
Facilitator Carol Schoneberg describes the workshop as follows:
In the morning: This writing workshop offers a safe space 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-imaging.
 
In the afternoon: Collage is a powerful healing tool, and it's fun! It requires no previous art experience and is the perfect art activity for the person who says "But I can't draw!" You'll be creating your own collage as a visual recording of your grief journey. Using words, phrases, and images from magazines as sources of inspiration, as well as print outs of a photo or two of your loved one, you'll be constructing a visual image of where you find yourself in your grieving process. All material will be provided, including magazines, glue sticks, and scissors. Please bring paper copies of whatever photos of your loved one you would like to include in your collage.
 
Group size is limited to 12. To register, please contact Carol Schoneberg at cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org or call (207) 289-3651.