Compass Regional Hospice Offers Support Group for Widows and Widowers

Compass Regional Hospice
August 27, 2015

Compass Regional Hospice is forming a new grief support group for men and women who have experienced the death of a spouse or significant life partner. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2015 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The group will meet every Tuesday through December 8, 2015. Participants are asked to commit to attending all 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The grief support group will be co-facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, grief counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says Larrimore. “In this group we will create a safe haven for people to meet others whose spouse or life partner has died. In this confidential and intimate setting participants can talk about things they might feel uncomfortable saying to family and friends. Together, with facilitation from the leaders, the group members share ways to cope with their changed situation, realizing that grieving and adjusting to new ways of living take time.”

Advanced registration is preferred. A $25 enrollment fee covers the cost of materials. No one will be turned away based on inability to pay.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care for people of all ages in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. Compass Regional Hospice also offers the pre-hospice program Bridges for people who are not yet ready for hospice and a variety of grief support services through the Hope & Healing Center. As a non-profit organization, Compass Regional Hospice relies on financial support from the community to provide services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.

Grief support groups are being scheduled in Kent and Caroline Counties beginning in 2016. For more information about the widow and widowers support group that begins in October, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4100, extension 124 for Ann OConnor or extension 108 for Wayne Larrimore, or email aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org or wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

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