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. 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

Hope and Healing While Grieving | Wesley United Methodist Church Wednesdays, October 13 - December 1 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon

We welcome people who have suffered the loss of someone special in their lives. 

This eight-week group provides a safe space to share experiences associated with the loss of someone meaningful in your life. Guided by trained facilitators, participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and challenges associated with grieving and are invited to share coping strategies and helpful tools.

Sessions are 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. 

Register here.

Hope and Healing While Grieving | TBD Wednesdays, October 13 - December 1 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

We welcome people who have suffered the loss of someone special in their lives. 

This eight-week group provides a safe space to share experiences associated with the loss of someone meaningful in your life. Guided by trained facilitators, participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and challenges associated with grieving and are invited to share coping strategies and helpful tools.

Sessions are 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. 

Register here.

Living Life After Spousal or Companion Loss | Wesley United Methodist Church Tuesdays, October 26 - December 14 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon

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. 

Register here.

Living Life After Spousal or Companion Loss | Wesley United Methodist Church Tuesdays, October 26 - December 14 | 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. 

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

Register here.