Bereavement

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.

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)

Grief Support Groups

Zentangle Through Grief Mondays, September 11, 18, 25, & October 2 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Zentangle is easy to learn and a fun way to create beautiful images using structured patterns. It supports focus, relaxation, stress reduction, and can be a healthy tool for coping with some of the difficult emotions of grief. Learn and practice this unique art with others who are learning to adjust to the death of a loved one. Materials are provided, space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Life After Loss: Adult Grief Discussion Group Tuesdays, September 12 - October 31 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Eight-week adult grief discussion groups are led by trained grief facilitators who provide grief support and education to participants who have suffered a recent loss. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and challenges associated with grieving. Facilitators and participants share tools they have learned that have been helpful in their grief journey. Pre-registration is required.
 

Spousal Loss Group Tuesdays, September 19 - November 7 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

This Life After Loss group is specifically for people who are dealing with life after the death of a spouse or significant other. Pre-registration is required.

Mindful Grieving Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, & 25 | 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

Mindfulness is a path that honors, transforms, and helps to heal grief. Participants learn specific tools and strategies that can help with stress reduction, relaxation, and general well-being and can practice mindful awareness and coping skills. These groups are open to anyone who is living with grief. Pre-registration is required.

Life After Loss: Adult Grief Discussion Group Mondays, October 16 - December 4 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Eight-week adult grief discussion groups are led by trained grief facilitators who provide grief support and education to participants who have suffered a recent loss. Participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and challenges associated with grieving. Facilitators and participants share tools they have learned that have been helpful in their grief journey. Pre-registration is required.
 

Monthly Newly Bereaved Discussion Groups 1st Tuesday of each month | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

These drop-in groups are on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Concord Regional VNA Hospice House, 240 Pleasant Street in Concord. These drop-in groups provide adults with grief education and support for those who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. Participants learn tools for coping with some of the debilitating physical and emotional aspects of the grieving process and are welcome to share their experiences. Pre-registration is not required.

H20 (Helping heal with others) 2nd Saturday of each month | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Grief is difficult. Connecting with others who have had a similar experience, in a safe and caring environment, often helps. H20 Helping health with others are on the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Concord, 55 Bradley Street in Concord. They provide bereaved children (age 6-18) and their families with coping skills and peer support, enabling them to experience and process their grief freely. Accompanying adults may be asked to stay on site and are invited to participate in a concurrent, supportive program. Lunch will be provided after each session. Pre-registration is required.

H20 is collaboratively offered by Concord Regional VNA, Concord Hospital, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Concord, and community partners and volunteers.

Monthly Men's Discussion Groups 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month | 9 - 10 a.m.

These drop-in groups are on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 79 Clinton Street in Concord. They are open to men who are grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other. Men talk about their experiences with grief, connect with others who are going through a similar loss, and learn tools for coping with their loss. Pre-registration is not required.