Grief and Bereavement Support Groups Offer Hope in the New Year

Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program of the University of Utah College of Nursing reminds grievers they are not alone in their loss by offering Winter 2010 grief groups.

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Jan 11, 2010 2:14 PM

The beginning of a new year is often a time of fresh starts and resolutions, but for grieving individuals it can be a time of profound hopelessness. As the holiday season draws to a close and friends and family return to their normal routines, grievers can feel more alone and despondent than ever. Caring Connections: A Hope and Comfort in Grief Program of the University of Utah College of Nursing is reminding grievers they are not alone in their loss by offering its Winter 2010 cycle of grief groups, beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2010. Led by expert grief and bereavement professionals, the groups provide a place for grievers to gather relevant information, talk with others about their loss and listen to others who have had similar experiences in an effort to recover from the devastating effects of the death of a loved one.

Caring Connections offers grief and bereavement support groups throughout the year, but our winter cycle, following the holiday season, is perhaps the most important service we provide to the community all year,” says Director Katherine Supiano, MS, LCSW, who adds that winter weather and the prolonged periods of darkness that come with it can add to a griever’s sense of despair. “Through education and comfort from leaders and others experiencing grief, group members can grow stronger in managing their own sorrow and pain while knowing they don’t have to face the year ahead alone.”

The eight-week grief groups, held at locations in Salt Lake City, Midvale and Orem, are small in order to allow each person full participation in group activities and discussions. There are seven different formats, each tailored to a specific kind of loss, including death of a spouse or partner, death of a loved one to suicide, death of a loved one to murder and special groups for children and adolescents adjusting to the death of a loved one. All people are welcome to participate as their circumstances suggest. The cost for attending an eight-week session is $50. Scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. For more information regarding times and locations, please contact Caring Connections at (801) 585-9522. Grief group fliers are available for download at: www.nursing.utah.edu/practice/caringconnections.

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Katie Schrier
University of Utah College of Nursing
Phone: (801) 581-8919
Email: katie.schrier@nurs.utah.edu

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