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.
 
Wednesday Evening Bereavement Support Group
September 4, 2019 - October 23, 2019
Wednesday Evenings: 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 September 4, 2019 and ending on October 23, 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 Gisele Biron, 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
September 10, 2019 - October 29, 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 group will meet for 8 Tuesdays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, beginning on September 10, 2019 and ending on October 29, 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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Evening Group: Parents Who Have Lost an Adult Child
September 23, 2019 - November 4, 2019
Monday Evenings: 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 Monday evening group will meet for 8 Mondays from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, beginning on September 23, 2019 and ending on November 4, 2019. This group is open to any parent who has experienced the death of an adult child. All sessions 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. 

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 way that honors their 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.

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Thursday Daytime Bereavement Support Group
October 24, 2019 - December 12, 2019
Thursday 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 Thursday daytime group will meet for 8 Thursdays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, beginning on October 24, 2019 and ending on December 12, 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 Erin King, 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 Erin King at 207-289-3521 or by email at eking@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.

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Healing Through the Arts Workshop
For those who have had at least 2 months since the death of their loved one.
 
Saturday, October 26, 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 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 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-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 a source 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.