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. For more information on any of the services and programs, please call (603) 224-4093, ext. 2828 or e-mail carmella.dow@crvna.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)

Grief Support Groups

Spousal Loss Group | National Association of Social Workers - NH Office Thursdays, October 11 - December 6 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Eight-week adult grief discussion groups help people who are dealing with the death of a spouse or significant other. 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. There is no meeting on Thanksgiving 11/22. Pre-registration is required. To register, click here.

Grief Goes to the Movies | Epsom Public Library Tuesday, October 30 | 4 - 7 p.m.

A collaborative effort of Concord Regional VNA and the Epsom Public Library
Join us to view Still Alice as we learn about, explore, and discuss grief and its impact on our lives, through the use of popular films. Movies are followed by a short discussion of food for thought questions that explore grief-related themes observed in the film. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. To register, click here.

Movies are free and open to the public. Please make a note of movie ratings as most films are not appropriate for children. BYOR: Bring your own refreshments.

The Grief Experience Through the Holidays | Concord Regional VNA Hospice House Wednesday, November 14 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

A grief support group for adults who are adjusting to life after loss while also facing the stress of the holiday season. Join us as we share stories and learn tools for coping with the season. Pre-registration is not required.

The Grief Experience Through the Holidays | Pembroke Town Library Wednesday, December 5 | 5:30 - 7 p.m.

A grief support group for adults who are adjusting to life after loss while also facing the stress of the holiday season. Join us as we share stories and learn tools for coping with the season. Pre-registration is not required.

Monthly Newly Bereaved Group | Hospice House 1st Tuesday of each month | 6 - 7:30 p.m.

These drop-in discussion 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. 

Monthly Men's Coffee Hour | Wesley United Methodist Church 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month | 9 - 10 a.m.

Men's Coffee Hour is an informal meeting time, providing an opportunity to connect with other men who are grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other. Participants are encouraged to talk about their experiences and struggles with grief and share ideas for coping with loss. Pre-registration is not required. 

H20 (Helping heal with others) | The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Concord 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. 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. To register, click here.

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

Loss After Addiction Discussion Group | Concord Regional VNA Hospice House 3rd Wednesday of each month | 4 - 5:30 p.m. (There is no meeting on 11/21)

Drop-in grief discussion group for anyone adjusting to the loss of a loved one to addiction. Pre-registration is not required.