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FHN Hospice to Offer Early Grief Support Group


This spring, FHN Hospice is offering a support group for people coping with the first nine months after a loss.

Managing Early Grief: The First Nine Months After a Loss is an eight-week group that will meet from 6 – 8 p.m. Thursdays beginning March 16 at FHN Hospice, 773 W. Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 403 in Freeport.

The group is designed for anyone who has lost a loved one in the past nine months. Participants will learn about and share their grief with others who have also recently lost a loved one. This supportive environment will help participants to better understand their grief experience.

Topics to be discussed include how grief affects us; the physical side of grief; moving through grief; coping skills; growing through grief; coping with holidays and special days; and looking ahead to the future.

There is no charge to participate in the Managing Early Grief group, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call FHN Hospice at 815-599-7240.

FHN also offers two ongoing grief support groups, open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one:

First Steps Grief Group, a bereavement group for anyone who has experienced a loss, meets from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The group offers support as the first steps are taken in dealing with a loss.

Living Through Grief (formerly called Grief Recovery Group) meets from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. This group uses videos, books, speakers and discussions to help participants learn more about the grief process, share their stories of loss and regain hope for healing. This group provides a confidential place to talk about thoughts and feelings as well as to learn about grief.

Both of these ongoing groups are open-ended and new members are welcome at any time. Both groups meet at FHN Memorial Hospital, 1045 W. Stephenson Street in Freeport. There is no charge to participate and registration is not necessary.