Grief Support Group Starts February 4

January 14, 2020

Adults who have experienced a recent loss of a loved one are invited to join Community Hospital’s grief support group, which begins February 4.

The support group meets for eight weeks on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. February 4, 18, March 3, 17, 31, April 14, 28 and May 12. This is a closed support group. New members will not be added after the first meeting. The support group will meet in the Community Hospital Meadowlark Conference Rooms. Attendees are encouraged to attend all eight sessions. For more information, or to register, contact Mai at 308-344-8221 before February 1.

Facilitator for the support group is Becky Mai, Social Services Director at Community Hospital. “Our hospice families were offered bereavement support with publications, phone calls, or home visits, but there is another type of support that can only be reached by meeting with and processing your grief with others who are experiencing similar situations,” said Mai. That thought is further emphasized through the support group’s theme: “Grief shared is grief diminished.”

Any adult who has experienced a recent loss of a loved one is welcome to attend, and especially adult members of families who have been served by Community Hospital’s hospice program.

Mai is a licensed social worker who has received grief support training. She will help attendees understand the grief process and cover the different stages of loss, while having the support of others who have gone through the process. The support group concludes with a special ceremony and mementos. Daphne Tidyman, Social Services, will also assist Mai in facilitating. She has received bereavement training as well.

There is no charge to attend. Financial support for the service is provided from the Community Hospital Health Foundation, which contributes materials for attendees, including binders, handouts, videos, journals and other support materials.