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 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.
 
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 care about your loss and consider it a privilege to be of service.
 
 
Monday Daytime Zoom Bereavement Support Group
April 12, 2021 - May 31, 2021
Monday Daytime: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
This Monday Daytime Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Mondays from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM beginning on April 12, 2021 and ending on May 31, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
For more information or to register for this Monday Daytime Zoom group, please call Carol Schoneberg at (207) 289-3651 or email cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.
If registering, please also fill out this questionnaire and email it to Carol or mail it to our offices at 390 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.
 
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Wednesday Evening Zoom Bereavement Support Group
April 14, 2021 - June 2, 2021
Wednesday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
This Wednesday Evening Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Wednesdays from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM beginning on April 14, 2021 and ending on June 2, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Erin King, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
For more information or to register for this Wednesday Evening Zoom group, please call Erin King at (207) 289-3521 or email eking@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org
If registering, please also fill out this questionnaire and email it to Erin or mail it to our offices at 390 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.
 
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After the Death of a Parent: Zoom Bereavement Support Group for Younger Adults
June 22, 2021 - August 10, 2021
Tuesday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
This Tuesday Evening Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Tuesdays from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM beginning on June 22, 2021 and ending on August 10, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Erin King, an experienced support group facilitator.
 
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 group facilitator.
 
For more information or to register for this Tuesday Evening Zoom group, please call Erin King at (207) 289-3521 or email eking@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org
If registering, please also fill out this questionnaire and email it to Erin or mail it to our offices at 390 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.
 
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Thursday Daytime Zoom Bereavement Support Group
June 24, 2021 - August 12, 2021
Thursday Daytime: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
 
This Thursday Daytime Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Thursdays from 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM beginning on June 24, 2021 and ending on August 12, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Erin King, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
For more information or to register for this Thursday Daytime Zoom group, please call Erin King at (207) 289-3521 or email eking@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org
If registering, please also fill out this questionnaire and email it to Erin or mail it to our offices at 390 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.