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Grief and Bereavement Concerns

Unfortunately, some patients are not able to recover from their cancer experience. For family members left behind, the grief process is difficult. Patient and Family Support staff can assist family members through the bereavement process and provide referrals to grief support groups and community programs.

Caring Connections is a hope and comfort in grief program of the University of Utah College of Nursing. Caring Connections offers a variety of grief support groups throughout the year, each tailored to a specific kind of loss. The groups are eight weeks in length and are facilitated by expert clinicians in the fields of social work, nursing, counseling and psychology. Group size is kept small to allow each person to fully participate in the group discussion. The focus of the groups is on “adjusting to the death of a family member or close friend”. Through education and support from group leaders, and by sharing with others experiencing grief, we hope participants will grow in their walk through grief. View this group's flyer for dates and registration.

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