Grief Support

The weeks and months following the death of a loved one are difficult. During this time, people experience many different feelings, and sometimes changes to sleeping and eating habits and energy levels. Each person's grief experience is unique and there is a wide range of "normal." Our agency can support you through this challenging time. For more information on any of the services and programs, please call (603) 410-9917 or e-mail barbara.desmond@granitevna.org or call (603) 524-8444, ext. 2393 or e-mail dan.kusch@granitevna.org.  

Our in-person programs have been suspended at this time due to COVID-19, however, we are offering many programs online.   

Services Include:

  • Bereavement assessment
  • Support throughout the hospice stay for funeral/memorial service planning
  • Grief educational materials and community resources provided to the bereaved
  • Cards, letters, and telephone calls offering support
  • One-on-one visits provided by staff or bereavement volunteers
  • Community memorial services
  • Grief Support Groups (see below)

Facilitated Groups

Parent Circle | Online Program Second Tuesday of Each Month, July 13, August 10 | 6 - 7:15 p.m.

A monthly mutual support group for parents who have suffered the death of a child at any age to any circumstance and whether the loss was recent or some time ago.
Parents are encouraged to come individually or with partners, spouses, or co-parents to connect and share with other bereaved parents who are thrust into this journey of grief – to listen, to share, to remember, to give and receive support, and to bear witness to each other.

These sessions are free of charge. Registration is required and space is limited. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a link to the program. Technical instruction is available to participate in the group.

Register

Newly Bereaved Support Sessions | Online Program Third Tuesday of Each Month | 6 - 7:15 p.m.

These drop-in support sessions provide grief education and support for adults who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. Participants learn tools for coping with some o the debilitating physical and emotional aspects of the grieving process and are welcome to share their experiences. 

Registration is required. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a link to the program. Technical support is available to participate in the group. 

Register here.

Men's Grief Group | Immaculate Heart of Mary Church - Rosary Garden Second and Fourth Thursday of Each Month | 9 - 10 a.m.

Men's Grief Group is an informal gathering providing an opportunity for grieving men to connect with each other around the loss of their spouse or significant other. Participants are encouraged to talk about their experiences and struggles with grief and share ideas for coping with loss. 

These programs are offered free of charge. Participants will need to bring a chair, wear masks, and be able to maintain social distance. We encourage you to bring a water bottle for hydration as well. Please park in the back of the large parking lot on the right side of the church, and walk onto the lawn, beyond the lot, where we will spread out our chairs. We should be visible to anyone parking in the rear of the lot. 

Registration is not required. For more information, call (603) 224-4093, ext. 2828.

Grieving a Loss Due to COVID-19 | Online Program TBD

Experiencing the death of a loved one due to COVID-19 can be especially challenging due to its sudden, unexpected nature, sparking a variety of emotions - anger, anxiety, guilt, sadness...all at a time when mostof the usual rituals and avenues of support are no longer accessible in ways you have come to expect. Join us in a safe space to share the challenges and gain support. 

Registration is required. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive a link to the program. Technical support is available to participate in the group. 

Register here.