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) 224-4093, ext. 82828 or e-mail barbara.desmond@granitevna.org or call (603) 524-8444, ext. 62393 or e-mail dan.kusch@granitevna.org.   

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

Living with Grief Support Group | Laconia Mondays, November 1 - December 6 | 2 - 3:30 p.m.

This weekly group offers adults a safe, caring space to share and learn alongside others whose lives and hearts have been broken open by loss. Together we discuss ways of coping with our grief and the challenges of making our way in a changed world. We welcome people who have suffered the loss of any beloved – in a partnership, family of origin, family of choice or friendship.

Registration is required and space is limited to six participants. Sessions are free of charge. Participants are expected to wear masks and seating will be spaced. An online option may also be available. Please ask if you are interested. 

 

Living Life After Spousal or Companion Loss | Wesley United Methodist Church Tuesdays, November 2 - December 21 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

An eight-week support and discussion group for adults dealing with the death of a spouse or life partner. 

This group offers a safe space for mutual support and understanding as well as an opportunity to share ideas and strategies that may be helpful in your grief journey. 

Sessions are offered free of charge. Registration is required. Participants are expected to wear masks and seating will be spaced. If guidelines change due to pandemic concerns, groups may need to be virtual. 

 

Grief in the Holidays | Chamberlin House, 44 Pleasant St., Concord Thursday, December 2 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon

For those who have suffered the death of loved ones, this time of year can be full of memories, feelings, and challenges – navigating loneliness and gatherings or traditions with family or friends – while vividly aware of loss.  Together we will explore how to be tender toward our grief and our own needs during this time.  These sessions are open to adults grieving for any beloved person(s) and you are invited to participate in one or more.

Sessions are offered free of charge.

In-person sessions may shift online in case of inclement weather or public health concerns.  Participants are expected to wear masks and seating will be spaced.

We are glad to offer tech support for online sessions.  Please let us know if you have questions.

Register here.

Winter, Stillness & Grief | Online Wednesday, December 8 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The cycle of day or the cycle of the seasons can often echo the movement of grief in our lives.  Along with bursts of bitter cold and sudden storms that echo our most turbulent hours, winter may also invite us to slow down, to huddle round a fire and look inward.  This stillness can be unsettling – bringing us to very tender spaces in our grief.  And it can also be a doorway to uncover what is keeping warm and light within us.  Together we will share ways each of us meet this season and daily practices that help us make our way.

Sessions are offered free of charge.

We are glad to offer tech support.  Please let us know if you have questions.

Register here.

Grief in the Holidays | Wolfeboro Wednesday, December 15 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon

For those who have suffered the death of loved ones, this time of year can be full of memories, feelings, and challenges – navigating loneliness and gatherings or traditions with family or friends – while vividly aware of loss.  Together we will explore how to be tender toward our grief and our own needs during this time.  These sessions are open to adults grieving for any beloved person(s) and you are invited to participate in one or more.

Sessions are offered free of charge.

In-person sessions may shift online in case of inclement weather or public health concerns.  Participants are expected to wear masks and seating will be spaced.

We are glad to offer tech support for online sessions.  Please let us know if you have questions.

Register here

Grief in the Holidays | Online Wednesday, December 15 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

For those who have suffered the death of loved ones, this time of year can be full of memories, feelings, and challenges – navigating loneliness and gatherings or traditions with family or friends – while vividly aware of loss.  Together we will explore how to be tender toward our grief and our own needs during this time.  These sessions are open to adults grieving for any beloved person(s) and you are invited to participate in one or more.

Sessions are offered free of charge.

We are glad to offer tech support for online sessions.  Please let us know if you have questions.

Register here.

Winter, Stillness & Grief | Online Wednesday, January 19 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The cycle of day or the cycle of the seasons can often echo the movement of grief in our lives. Along with bursts of bitter cold and sudden storms that echo our most turbulent hours, winter may also invite us to slow down, to huddle round a fire and look inward. This stillness can be unsettling – bringing us to very tender spaces in our grief. And it can also be a doorway to uncover what is keeping warm and light within us. Together we will share ways each of us meet this season and daily practices that help us make our way.

Session is offered free of charge.

We are glad to offer tech support.  Please let us know if you have questions.

Register here.

Men's Grief Group | Wesley United Methodist Church (Parlor) Second and Fourth Thursday of Each Month | 9 - 10:30 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 wear masks and be able to maintain social distance. 

Registration is not required. For more information, call (603) 224-4093, ext. 82828.

Parent Circle | Online Program Second Tuesday of Each Month | 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 | Hospice House 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 and space is limited. Masks are required. These sessions are offered free of charge. 

Register here.