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.
 
 
Thursday Daytime Zoom Bereavement Support Group
September 2, 2021 - October 21, 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 September 2, 2021 and ending on October 21, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Bobby Bennett, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
For more information or to register for this Thursday Daytime Zoom group, please call Bobby Bennett at (207) 615-9463 or email bbennett@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org
 
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Tuesday Evening Zoom Bereavement Support Group
September 7, 2021 - October 26, 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 September 7, 2021 and ending on October 26, 2021. The group will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
For more information or to register for this Tuesday Evening Zoom group, please call Carol Schoneberg at (207) 289-3651 or email cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org
 
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Getting Through the Holidays
Zoom Bereavement Support Group
November 16, 2021 - January 4, 2022
Tuesday Daytime: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
This Getting Through the Holidays Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Tuesdays from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM beginning on November 16, 2021 and ending on January 4, 2022. The group will be facilitated by Carol Schoneberg, an experienced support group facilitator. 
 
For more information or to register for this Getting Through the Holidays Zoom group, please call Carol Schoneberg at (207) 289-3651 or email cschoneberg@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org
 
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After the Death of a Parent:
Zoom Bereavement Support Group for Younger Adults
January 13, 2022 - March 3, 2022
Thursday Evening: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
This Thursday Evening Zoom support group will meet online for 8 Thursdays from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM beginning on January 13, 2022 and ending on March 3, 2022This 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. The 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 group will be facilitated by Bobby Bennett.
 
For more information or to register for this Thursday Evening Zoom group, please call Bobby Bennett at (207) 615-9463 or email bbennett@hospiceofsouthernmaine.org.