When someone dear to us dies, our world is forever altered and we face the task of making our way in a new and sometimes bewildering terrain – finding a way to live with our hearts broken open. The terrain of grief is unique to each of us and the love we shared and we face the world without a map. The poet Anthony Machado knows this place when he writes, “There is no path. You make the path by walking.”
While each of us makes our own way in our own time, we need not walk this alone. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice (CNHVNAH) support groups offer waypoints – a safe place to share alongside caring others who are also learning to make their way in a changed world.
CNHVNAH will offer several grief support groups in both Laconia and Wolfeboro this winter. All groups are confidential, no-cost, non-religious, open to the public and facilitated by trained staff and bereavement care volunteers.
“Living with Grief” support groups meet seven (7) consecutive weeks and are open to adult who have lost a loved one at any age to any circumstance. The Laconia group will be Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:30pm starting January 28. The Wolfeboro group will be Tuesdays from 2:00 – 3:30pm starting March 10. Please call to register for more information and locations.
“First/Next Step” groups are monthly drop-ins designed as a “first step” for adults who are newly bereaved or newly considering whether a group might be a good fit. These gatherings are also a “next step” for those who have been in past groups – to continue to connect and to reflect on how grief and healing endures and changes over time and ways to cope.
The Laconia “First/Next Step” group meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 3:30 – 5:00pm at the Laconia CNHVNAH Office, 780 North Main Street.
The Wolfeboro “First/Next Step” group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 4:00 – 5:30pm at First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro, 115 South Main Street.
“Parent Circles” are monthly drop-in groups for parents grieving the loss of a child at any age to any circumstance. The Wolfeboro “Parent Circle” meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30pm at the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro, 115 South Main Street. The Laconia “Parent Circle” is in the process of forming; call for more information.
To register, for more information, or to learn about additional bereavement supports, please call Dan Kusch, Bereavement Care Coordinator at 524-8444 x2390 or firstname.lastname@example.org .