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 are offered at no charge and 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 (207) 289-3640 or email us to schedule individual grief counseling until the timing is better to participate in a group. Thank you for understanding.
 
During this time of social distancing, Hospice of Southern Maine will be offering some 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 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 ask that participants try to attend every session if possible.
 
We care about your loss and consider it a privilege to be of service.
 
 
Wednesday Afternoon
General Bereavement Support Group (In Person)
February 8, 2023 - March 29, 2023
Wednesday Afternoon: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
HSM Office, 390 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074
 
This Wednesday Afternoon support group will meet for 8 Wednesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM beginning on February 8, 2023 and ending on March 29, 2023. This group will meet in person at Hospice of Southern Maine's main office located at 390 US Route One in Scarborough. It will be facilitated by Kelly Blanchette, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
To register for this Wednesday Afternoon support group, please complete this questionnaire and mail it to our offices at 390 US Route One in Scarborough or email it to Kelly Blanchette at kelly.blanchette@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org. For more information, please email Kelly or call her at 207-289-3674.
 
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Tuesday Evening
General Bereavement Support Group (Zoom)
February 21, 2023 - April 11, 2023
Tuesday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Online via Zoom
 
This Tuesday Evening support group will meet online for 8 Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM beginning on February 21, 2023 and ending on April 11, 2023. This group will be facilitated by Maria McCann, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
To register for this Tuesday Evening online support group, please complete this questionnaire and mail it to our offices at 390 US Route One in Scarborough or email it to Maria McCann at mmccann@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org. For for more information, please email Maria or call her at 207-289-3673.
 
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Tuesday Afternoon
General Bereavement Support Group (In Person)
March 7, 2023 - April 11, 2023
Tuesday Afternoon: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
HSM Office, 390 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074
 
This Tuesday Afternoon support group will meet for 6 Tuesdays from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM beginning on March 7, 2023 and ending on April 11, 2023. This group will meet in person at Hospice of Southern Maine's main office located at 390 US Route One in Scarborough. It will be facilitated by Taylor Watts-Hall, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
To register for this Tuesday Afternoon in-person support group, please email Taylor Watts-Hall at twatts-hall@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org. For more information, please email Taylor or call her at 207-289-3671.