Hos­pice grief sup­port group to be­gin in the New Year

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice is of­fer­ing a grief sup­port group for adults who have ex­pe­ri­enced the death of a loved one. The first meet­ing is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day, Jan. 11, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Sa­cred Heart Catholic Church, 508 High St in Ch­ester­town. The group will meet ev­ery Wed­nes­day through March 15. Par­tic­i­pants are asked to com­mit to at­tend­ing all or most of the 10 ses­sions in or­der to ben­e­fit the most from the group.

The grief sup­port group will be co-fa­cil­i­tated by Ann OCon­nor, LCSW-C, and Wayne Lar­ri­more, MEd, be­reave­ment coun­selors for Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice.

“Our grief groups are a com­bi­na­tion of ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port,” said OCon­nor. “The group be­comes a place for peo­ple to meet oth­ers who have ex­pe­ri­enced the death of a loved one.”

OCon­nor adds, “In this con­fi­den­tial and in­ti­mate set­ting par­tic­i­pant’s will have a chance to say things they might feel un­com­fort­able say­ing to fam­ily and friends. To­gether, with fa­cil­i­ta­tion from the lead­ers, the group mem­bers share ways to cope with their changed sit­u­a­tion, re­al­iz­ing that griev­ing and ad­just­ing to new ways of liv­ing take time.”

Each group ses­sion will re­volve around top­ics such as nor­mal grief, shar­ing mem­o­ries, and ad­just­ing to and find­ing mean­ing in your loss. In­clud­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, teach­ings, and open dis­cus­sions.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the adult grief sup­port group, call Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice, 4432624100, or email Ann OCon­nor, ao­con­nor@ com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice. org, or Wayne Lar­ri­more, wlar­ri­more@com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org. To learn more about other grief sup­port pro­grams avail­able through the Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice Hope & Heal­ing Cen­ter, visit www. com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice. org/ho­pe­and­heal­ing.

Be­reave­ment coun­selors Wayne Lar­ri­more, MEd, left, and Ann OCon­nor, LCSW-C, right, will co-fa­cil­i­tate a new grief sup­port group be­gin­ning Jan. 11. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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