Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice grief sup­port group to be­gin Oct. 18

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice is of­fer­ing a new grief sup­port group for anyone suf­fer­ing a loss of any kind. The group will meet for eight weeks, ev­ery Thurs­day, start­ing Oct. 18.

The group will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Heron Point of Ch­ester­town, 501 E. Cam­pus Ave. and will be fa­cil­i­tated by ex­pe­ri­enced and li­censed grief coun­selors Linda Turner and Ann OCon­nor.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in sup­port groups of­fered through Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice of­fers com­pan­ion­ship and un­der­stand­ing from oth­ers who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the sim­i­lar chal­lenges that liv­ing with grief brings.

“What we see, as coun­selors, is as the group pro­gresses through the weeks, the mem­bers bond more and more,” Turner said. “They be­come each other’s best sup­port and, hope­fully, good friends. We en­cour­age the so­cial con­nec­tion in the group and hope they con­tinue to meet monthly for lunch or din­ner for con­tin­ued sup­port.”

Par­tic­i­pants are asked to com­mit to at­tend­ing all or most of the eight ses­sions to ben­e­fit from the group. Each group ses­sion will re­volve around spe­cific top­ics, such as nor­mal­iz­ing grief, shar­ing mem­o­ries and ad­just­ing to and find­ing mean­ing in loss.

“By of­fer­ing this group for eight weeks, it en­ables par­tic­i­pants to re­ally get know each other,” OCon­nor said. “The ses­sions are a mix­ture of sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion. Past par­tic­i­pants re­port they have found the group to be most help­ful, es­pe­cially know­ing that they are not alone in their grief.”

There is a $25 en­roll­ment fee; how­ever, no one is ever turned away based on in­abil­ity to pay.

“Suf­fer­ing a loss is a life­long grief jour­ney,” Turner said. “Hav­ing peo­ple to sup­port you, and who un­der­stand, makes all the dif­fer­ence. Our goal is to not only teach the at­ten­dees about grief and cop­ing skills, but also to cre­ate sup­port­ive bonds that will carry them through the years to come.”

For more in­for­ma­tion and to regis­ter for the up­com­ing grief sup­port group, con­tact Linda Turner at 443-262-4120 or lt urn er@ com­pass re­gional hos­pice.org; or Ann OCon­nor at 443-262-4124 or ao­con­nor@ com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org.

To learn more about other grief sup­port pro­grams and ser­vices avail­able through Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice, visit www.com pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org/ ho­pe­and­heal­ing.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

From left are li­censed grief coun­selors Ann OCon­nor and Linda Turner, who will fa­cil­i­tate a new grief sup­port group to be­gin Oct. 18 in Ch­ester­town.

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