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 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 ask that participants try to attend every session if possible.
 
We care about your loss and consider it a privilege to be of service.
 
 
Tuesday Evening
Zoom Bereavement Support Group
July 19, 2022 - September 6, 2022
Tuesday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
This Tuesday Evening Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM beginning on July 19, 2022 and ending on September 6, 2022. This group will be facilitated by Maria McCann, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
To register for this Tuesday Evening Zoom support group, please fill out this questionnaire (please note, this group is listed as After the Death of a Parent on the questionnaire but it will be a general bereavement group) and email it to Maria McCann at mmccann@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org. For more information, please email Maria or call her at (207) 289-3673.
 
******************************************************************
 
After the Death of a Parent:
Zoom Bereavement Support Group
for Younger Adults
September 13, 2022 - November 1, 2022
Tuesday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
This Tuesday Evening Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Tuesdays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM beginning on September 13, 2022 and ending on November 1, 2022. 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 facilitator. This group will be facilitated by Maria McCann.
 
To register for this Tuesday Evening Zoom support group, please fill out this questionnaire and email it to Maria McCann at mmccann@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org. For more information, please email Maria or call her at (207) 289-3673.
 
******************************************************************
 
Thursday Afternoon
Zoom Bereavement Support Group
September 15, 2022 - November 3, 2022
Thursday Afternoon: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
This Thursday Afternoon Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM beginning on September 15, 2022 and ending on November 3, 2022. This group will be facilitated by Maria McCann, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
To register for this Tuesday Evening Zoom support group, please fill out this questionnaire and email it to Maria McCann at mmccann@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org. For more information, please email Maria or call her at (207) 289-3673.