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 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.
 
We care about your loss and consider it a privilege to be of service.
 
Thursday Evening Overdose Support Group
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday
Thursday Evening: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Location: Sanford UU Church
5 Lebanon Street, Sanford, ME 04073
 
This open group is offered to adults over the age of 18 who have experienced the death of a loved one by drug overdose. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Meetings are held at the UU Church located at 5 Lebanon Street in Sanford, ME. The group is offered at no cost, and is facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced grief counselor and group facilitator.
 
For additional information, please contact Carol Schoneberg at (207) 289-3651 or by email at cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

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After the Death of a Parent: A Bereavement Support Group for Younger Adults 18-30
January 15, 2020 - March 4, 2020
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 January 15, 2020 and ending on March 4, 2020. The group will be held at Hospice of Southern Maine's main office located at 180 US Route One in Scarborough, ME. It will be facilitated by Erin King, an experienced support group facilitator. 

The stage we are at in life when we lose a central person greatly impacts our grieving process. This group is open to anyone between the ages of 18-30 who has experienced the death of a parent. 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. 

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 Erin King at 207-289-3521 or by email at eking@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

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Monday Daytime Bereavement Support Group
February 24, 2020 - April 13, 2020
Monday 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 Monday daytime support group will meet for 8 Mondays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, beginning on February 24, 2020 and ending on April 13, 2020. The group will be held at Hospice of Southern Maine's main office located at 180 US Route One in Scarborough, ME. It will be facilitated by Holly Wright, 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 Holly Wright at 207-289-3553 or by email at hwright@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

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Tuesday Evening Bereavement Support Group
February 25, 2020 - April 14, 2020
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.

This Tuesday evening group will meet for 8 Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, beginning on February 25, 2020 and ending on April 14, 2020. The group will be held at Hospice of Southern Maine's main office 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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After the Death of an Adult Child: Parents Support Group
April 15, 2020 - June 3, 2020
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 April 15, 2020 and ending on June 3, 2020. The group will be held at Hospice of Southern Maine's main office located at 180 US Route One in Scarborough, ME. It will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced support group facilitator. 

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 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. This group is open to any parent who has experienced the death of an adult child. Participants will have the opportunity to share with a skilled group facilitator and other surviving parents.

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.