Grief Therapy Groups
During this COVID pandemic, grief has led grievers to feel more isolated as they are not able to access the normal and natural supports of family, friends, and faith community. Without access to common rituals such as wakes, sitting Shiva, memorials, and funerals, grievers are left to process the reality of death alone. Other kinds of losses are also impacted by the social distancing restrictions in place. The social supports that grievers would rely on to cry, vent, and distract are limited. This social isolation has created a more complicated and challenging grief experience regardless of the type of loss.
Many grievers find connecting with others who are grieving similar losses to be paramount in their healing. By sharing and listening to others share their grief stories, grievers feel less alone, feel validated in their feelings, and learn different ways to cope than what they had used on their own. By grieving in a group, individuals feel a sense of connection, support, and are empowered to navigate their grief journey.
Many community grief support groups are led by volunteers who have experienced a death or loss previously and desire to “give back” to other grievers. These kinds of groups are called “peer-led”. Grief Support Groups provide a safe space for group members to cry, vent, and connect with others in a similar situation. The goal of Grief Support Groups is to provide emotional support and connection. Grief Therapy Groups are slightly different. Grief Therapy Groups combine the supportive nature of support groups while adding in the therapeutic interventions of grief counseling. These therapeutic grief interventions are proven strategies and techniques that are designed to facilitate growth and healing.
Throughout the year, I offer Grief Therapy Groups online in the Fox River Valley to allow for greater availability, increased access, and convenience. If you are interested in learning more about the Online Grief Therapy Groups or would like to be added to the waitlist for the next group please click the contact me button below. Below is a listing of current groups that are running or will be running soon.
Current Groups- Registration is Closed
Coping Through the Holidays: Spouse/Partner
Mondays, November 2, 2020 through Jan 4, 2021, 1 to 2 p.m.- REGISTRATION CLOSED
In this 10-week, therapeutic and educational group, grievers who have experienced the death of spouse or partner will learn coping skills and improve their understanding of grief that will help them cope through the holidays. Group will be limited to 8 participants. Cost is $500. Initial Intake is required prior to the start of the group.
Coping Through the Holidays: Parents
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 through Jan 6, 2021, 1 to 2 p.m.- REGISTRATION CLOSED
In this 10-week, therapeutic and educational group, grievers who have experienced the death of child or experienced a pregnancy loss will learn coping skills and improve their understanding of grief that will help them cope through the holidays. Both parents are encouraged to attend, if applies to your situation, but it is not required. Group will be limited to 4 couples or 8 participants. Cost is $500 (fee is waived for the second parent). Initial Intake is required prior to the start of the group.
Kelly has extensive knowledge and diverse experience working with and helping to improve the lives of those impacted by grief and loss. I have immense faith in her abilities to offer effective tools and empower her clients to thrive.
Jill Hogan, MS, LCPC