Has anyone tried Grief Support Groups?

I am thinking about going to a grief support group because I know I need help to make it thru this.  Would anyone like to share what type of support group you went to - one at a church, at a hospital, individual counselor or ??  I am not sure what to expect at one of these and am pretty nervous.  I don't want to fall apart and just cry the whole time.

Marty

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Comment by Deb S on June 16, 2016 at 5:16am

Marty, I also joined a Grief Share group through my church. My pastor opted to take a different path than the prescribed methods. There were 2 participants and the pastor. We watched the films for a few sessions. He then asked if we were benefitting from the films. They were helpful but we opted to try talking for the hour. It helped and I am glad that I joined.  Debbie

BTW, you won't be alone if you fall apart and cry the whole time. It's OK. 

Comment by elyse on June 16, 2016 at 12:13am
Marty,Sorry for your Loss that brought you here.I have been going to a bereavement group for a year now,it is called"The Compassionate Friends",it is for Parents,Grandparents and Siblings.I lost my sibling 2 yrs ago and still grieving.You can download the directory of support groups if you are interested,it is called "NJ Self-Help Clearinghouse" 1-800-367-6274.And I also just went to another bereavement group through a hospice organization.That group is for anyone for all losses,not only Cancer.And of course you have us here on this site,where you can express your feelings.elyse
Comment by Sara Murphy on June 15, 2016 at 8:33pm

Marty.....I just completed a 13 week Grief Share program.  It's a faith based program and I believe they have them all over the country so you may be able to find one in your area.  Each week the night starts with going around the room and talking about your week.  Then you watch about a half hour video and have discussions afterward.  It helped in that I was in a room of people experiencing the same loss as I and therefore could relate to my thoughts and how I was feeling.  It's not a magic wand however.  I don't feel Ken's loss any less and am still not ready or willing to move on with life beyond going through the motions.  I think you should give it a try.  I hope you're able to find a group that suits you.

Sara

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