All support groups are suspended due to COVID-19. We are offering virtual
Register here. Additional resources can be found on our
Grief Support Network page.
Grief Support (evening and daytime)
This group is designed to provide support to individuals who have experienced
the death of a loved one. Participants can share their stories and express
their grief. Being with individuals who have had similar experiences and
feelings allows sharing and healing to take place.
The following support groups are offered at various times throughout the year:
Grief Education/Support Group (1-3 months after the death)
A closed-ended support group that focuses on providing knowledge and insight
into the grief journey. Through education and supportive communication
the many difficult and unexpected emotions that you may be experiencing
are normalized. Participants are taught coping skills and ways to process
their grief moving forward.
Caregiver's Grief Support Group
This 8-week grief support group is designed for those who were the primary
caregiver for their loved one prior to their death. We acknowledge that
caregiver grief is very distinct from other grief experiences, due to
the unique relationship that develops through caregiving. Whether you
were the caregiver to your parent, spouse, sibling, or another, you probably
experienced changes in your relationship with your loved one. Probably
many other relationships and circumstances in your life changed too. During
this group we will explore and share about the issues specific to the
grief of caregivers, as well as provide understanding and validation of
feelings, and explore what life looks like – or can look like –
Child Loss Support Group
A closed-ended support group open to parents who have experienced the
death of a child over one-year of age. The purpose of the group is to
help affirm parents and to help them understand that there are many ways
to grieve with no set time tables, rules, boundaries, or protocols, while
also providing a safe space to share painful thoughts and feelings and
feel connected to and supported by others grieving the loss of a child.
Perinatal and Infant Loss Support Group
An 8-week grief support group is designed for those who are grieving the
loss of their child by miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or other perinatal
illness or accident, up to 18 months of age. All grief is excruciating,
but the death of a child is a pain like no other, and perinatal and infant
deaths are too often disenfranchised. The purpose of the group is to affirm
parents and to help them understand that there are many ways to grieve,
with no set time tables, rules, boundaries, or protocols. This group provides
a safe space to share painful thoughts and feelings, and to connect with
others grieving the loss of their child.
Spousal/Partner Support Group
A closed-ended educational and emotional support group for those who have
experienced the death of a spouse or a life partner. The focus is on issues
relevant to the process of grieving a spouse or significant other. The
bond shared by two people who have decided to share their lives together
is unique and profound; so too is our grief when we lose our partner.
This group provides a space in which people can come together to share
about their loved one, learn coping skills, and expand social support.
Traumatic Grief Support Group
A closed-ended group for those who have experienced the death of a loved
one from a sudden traumatic death: homicide, suicide, or accident. The
grief that results from a traumatic death is particularly difficult. This
group will offer education and insight into the characteristics of grief
of people who have experienced a traumatic loss, but it will also provide
a safe and comfortable environment in which to share your grief.
Teen Grief Support Group
A close-ended support group exclusively for 13-to 18-year-olds who are
grieving the death of a family member or peer. This group will utilize
creative modalities to explore emotion and teach emotional regulation
and coping skills. Time will be spent fostering healthy communication
and the ability to identify and articulate emotions.
Overdose Support Group
A close-ended support group for anyone over the age of 18 who has had
a family member die because of an alcohol or drug overdose. This support
group will spend time exploring addiction from the brain disease model,
and will help you to address a variety of issues through sharing of stories
to increase social support, learning coping skills to guide you through
your grief journey, and finding ways to memorialize your loved one.
Coping With the Holidays Workshop
The holiday season can be difficult under the best of circumstances. Add
to that the cloud of sadness when facing the holidays without a loved
one for the first time. The holidays can provoke anxiety, bouts of depression
and other emotional reactions. This workshop provides some practical ideas
to help cope with the upcoming holidays and learn ways to commemorate
the death of your loved one.
Unspeakable Loss: Using Collage to Process Traumatic Grief
Creative modalities can be particularly helpful in dealing with trauma,
as there is often so much of the experience that feels “unspeakable.”
Through artistic activities, survivors are able to explore and process
their experience in a way that feels safe, thereby facilitating communication,
healing, and posttraumatic growth. Collage can be an especially helpful
technique as you don’t need to be a “good artist” –
just the ability to cut and paste pictures from magazines!
Space is limited; pre-registration required. 3rd Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., April 20th to September 21st.
Telling Your Story: Journaling Through Grief
When someone we love dies, we are given a “plot twist” in our
life story that we never would have written for ourselves. Journaling
can help to process and integrate that loss into a cohesive, meaningful
narrative. Workshop participants will use prompts to explore their experience
both from the lens of memory, as well as from creative and analogical
perspectives, enabling a holistic integration of loss into your life story
– and the story of your relationship with your loved one.
Space is limited; pre-registration required. 2nd Saturday of the month, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., October 12th to March 14th.
Annual Remembrance Service
Each year, Frederick Health Hospice hosts a non-denominational Memorial
Service for the families and friends of loved ones who have died. Hospice
staff and volunteers join with the families and friends to celebrate the
lives of these individuals.