After the death of someone close, your world turns upside down. Waves of emotion including sadness, loneliness, anger, yearning, and shock surge through you. Tasks that need to be accomplished feel insurmountable. You are exhausted at times and restless at others. You may experience a sense of disbelief and ask yourself “How can this be real?”
Grief is challenging and takes many forms. It can be overwhelming physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Perhaps you are sleeping more than usual or find that you are unable to fall or stay asleep. You notice changes in your appetite. Along with a roller-coaster of emotions, thoughts and memories are unexpectedly triggered. Spiritual questions may arise. As you move along your journey towards hope and healing, being with others who are experiencing some of the same feelings you are provides comfort and support.
New Hope provides grief support groups that address the needs of all sorts of losses. Each persons grief is unique to the relationship to the person who died. In a New Hope group there may be individuals who have experienced a variety of loses, including:
- Adults who have experienced the death of a loved one
- Young Adults who have experienced the death of a loved one
- Spouse Loss for people who experienced the death of significant other (wife, husband, boy/girlfriend, partner, etc.)
- Infant loss for parents who have experienced the death of a son or daughter (birth–3 years old)
- Child loss for parents who have experienced the death of a son or daughter (4 years old and up)
Our groups consist of eight to twelve members. The intimate home-like atmosphere helps to create a sense of community and support where feelings and memories can be expressed. The groups allow for sharing, learning, and healing. Each support group runs for 9 weeks, and meets once a week for 1.5 hours. Each group member will be provided with the materials they will need for each group meeting. The cost of the 9 week group is $60 and is used to cover your materials, the facility, and registration. Although we charge a fee, we will never turn anyone away because they cannot afford to pay the full $60.
New groups are forming throughout 2015. Our goal is to begin at least one new support group each month. Registration requires a conversation. For more information or to begin the registration process please contact Jerry Wilson, Clinical Director at firstname.lastname@example.org | (562) 429-0075 ext 4.