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Support Groups

Please refer to the Calendar of Events to view dates and times offered.
(all are offered at no charge)

(Ongoing Groups)

  • 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 similar feelings allows a sharing 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 will focus on providing knowledge and insight into the grief journey, while allowing time to process the many difficult and unexpected emotions that you may be experiencing. 
  • Parental Grief Support Group
    A closed-ended support group open to parents who have experienced the death of a child of any 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.
  • 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 grieving process. 
  • Traumatic Grief Support Group
    A closed-ended group for those who have experienced the death of a loved one from a sudden death; homicide; suicide or accident.  The grief that results from a traumatic death is particularly difficult to deal with.  The 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.

(Workshops)

  • Financial Speed Bumps of Grief Workshop
    The emotional impact of grief evokes a variety of reactions during the grief journey.  Often the emotional waves of grief may often be interrupted by "speed bumps" of complicated and complex financial red tape.  These legal issues have a priority of their own and the grieving person becomes diverted from doing the work of grief.  A seminar open to individuals who have experienced the death of their spouse and for adult children dealing with the death of parents.
  • 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.
  • Sibling Loss Workshop
    This workshop will be a time of reflection, sharing, and commemorating the lives of our brothers and sisters who have died.  We will remember them through discussion, creative expression and music.
  • Grieving a Suicide Workshop
    This workshop will provide education on some of the latest research on suicide, society's role in prevention, as well as helps for dealing with the grief from a loved one's suicide.

(Services)

  • Annual Remembrance Service
    Each year, Hospice of Frederick County 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.