By Barbara Carroll
Community Home Support – Lanark County is now expanding its Bereavement Program to better serve the needs of those in the eastern end of the County. Beginning at the end of April, we are offering a new Adult Bereavement Support Group in Carleton Place. This group is open to all adults who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. It offers a safe, confidential environment in which people can share their feelings and experiences with others who are also going through a major loss. It provides the kind of emotional and social support that allows people to move through their grief and begin to heal.
The new Adult Bereavement Support Group is informal and ongoing. It meets once a month and is facilitated by dedicated volunteers who have specialized training in grief, psychology, and palliative care and who have also experienced the loss of a loved one themselves. They bring to the group a wealth of knowledge and experience, deep compassion, and a loving concern. The group sessions will normally begin with a short video or guest speaker, followed by a structured discussion based on the presentation topic for the session. Those present are invited to share their experiences as they are able, or to simply benefit from the presence of others who are learning to live with their grief.
The New Grief Support Group will meet at the Waterside Retirement Home, 105 McNeely Avenue in Carleton Place. We are very grateful to the Waterside Retirement Home as they are offering the space for the Bereavement Group free of charge. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Subsequent meetings will be held on the last Wednesday of every month at the same time and place. The groups will normally contain up to 10 participants. There is no cost to attend the group sessions. Newcomers are always welcome and those who have attended a session may come to some or all of the subsequent sessions, depending upon their needs, interest, and other commitments.
Rebecca Bowie may also be contacted at the Community Home Support office:613-267-6400.
Community Home Support-Lanark County is supported by the South East LHIN, the United Way of Lanark County and community donations.