Grief Support Groups Offer Hope and Healing

​Coping with the death of someone we love is one of the most challenging circumstances any of us will ever experience. Although grieving is a normal and natural process, coping with the swirl of emotions and the new reality of living life with the absence of a loved one can be overwhelming.

Many people find help and healing on their grief journey by attending a grief support group. Speaking with others who have experienced a similar death and hearing their stories in a safe, nonjudgmental environment provides the reassurance of knowing we are not alone. Conversations with others about their experiences can lead to fresh insights.

Hospice of the Western Reserve’s bereavement center provides a wide array of grief support groups for adults and children of all ages. The groups are open to anyone in the community who has experienced a death whether or not their loved one received hospice care. The groups meet throughout Northern Ohio and are facilitated by licensed and/or certified bereavement coordinators. Registration is required for most of the groups, but there is no cost to attend.

“The support groups are made possible through funding from grants and through generous support from donors in the community,” said Diane Snyder Cowan, Director of Western Reserve Grief Services.

“Our goal is to meet the needs of the grieving community. Groups are available for partner/spousal loss of various ages, death of both parents, death of adult children and more. We also offer art therapy, yoga and a variety of camps and retreats.”

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