Little Company of Mary Offers Grief Support Program for Children and Adults in the Community

The death of a loved one brings emotional turmoil and requires adjustments in life, which can be the most stressful of all changes. With the death of a loved one, it is natural to lose a sense of identity as a spouse, parent, child or friend. The necessary changes from former roles and relationships can be difficult and gradual and most importantly, does not have to be done alone.

Little Company of Mary offers an adult grief support program, Living: When a Loved One Has Died. The group offers supportive and skilled companionship for those who are mourning the death of their loved one. The next session of Living: When a Loved One Has Died begins on Wednesday, February 25th, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Group sessions continue for six consecutive weeks. Each session will be held at Little Company of Mary Hospital on the 1st floor. Support groups are formed by specific loss, be that a child, spouse, parent or sibling. The leaders of this program make a sincere effort to provide sensitive and quality care.

Grieving the death of a loved one early in a child’s life is not something they should experience alone. The Heart Connection Program at Little Company of Mary Hospital was started in 1995 to help children five to 18 years old deal with this type of loss. Children are placed in groups of their own age and similarity of loss, guided by dedicated adult professionals, (photo) helping them understand and express their painful feelings. Through creative art activities, music, poetry, pet therapy dogs and their personal sharing, children and their families are helped to find healthy ways to cope and express their grief. Special support groups are offered to individuals who only speak Spanish.

The six week spring session of the Heart Connection Program begins on Monday, March 9th, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. at Little Company of Mary Hospital on the 8th floor. Grieving the death of a loved one is a difficult and traumatic experience, especially in a child’s life.

Pre-registration is required. For further information or to register for any of the bereavement programs offered at Little Company of Mary, please call co-coordinators of bereavement services, Peg Schneider, Chaplain or Arlene Dulski, Counselor at 708.229.5484.

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