Grief Support Groups and Workshops

Please call 301-921-4400 for further information or to register.

Support Groups

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ALL GROUPS:
• We ask that you wait a minimum of 3 months after the death to attend.
• Registration is first-come, first-serve, so call and register early.
• Groups are limited to 8 persons and they typically fill up.
• Groups are free for all participants – pre-registration is required
• Groups will be online through the Zoom platform, so you will need to have internet access with audio/video capabilities.
• To register, ask for a Bereavement Counselor at: 301 – 921 – 4400. One will return your call and register you.

Afternoon Grief Support Group:
For any adult grieving the death of a loved one. Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Begins Tuesday, October 11, 2022, for six weeks.

Loss of a Spouse or Partner Grief Support Group:
For adults who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Begins Tuesday, October 11, 2022, for six weeks.

Loss of a Parent Grief Support Group:
For adults who have experienced the death of one or both parents. Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Begins Wednesday, October 12, 2022, for six weeks.

Loss of a Parent Grief Support Group:
For adults who have experienced the death of one or both parents. Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 8:15 p.m.
Begins Thursday, October 13, 2022, for six weeks.

Workshops

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ALL WORKSHOPS:
• Registration is first-come, first-serve, so call and register early. Participants must sign up in advance.
• Free and open to all who live or work in Montgomery or Prince George’s County.
• Unless otherwise noted, workshops will be online through the Zoom platform, so you will need to have internet access with audio/video capabilities.
• To register, ask for a Bereavement Counselor at: 301 – 921 – 4400. One will return your call and register you.

Parents Sharing Wisdom
Thursday, June 30, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
In this workshop for parents who have lost a child, we will explore the grief journey by sharing and learning ideas from each other and by drawing upon the wisdom that comes from the journey.

Finding Words for Grief: Exploring Poetic Expression
Thursday, July 7, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM AND
Thursday, July 14, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
Giving words to loss and grief can be a challenge, and grieving people have often turned to poetry to find words that help to name what they are going through. In this two-session workshop we will talk about some poems related to different aspects of the grief experience, and we will practice some poetic writing as well. This workshop is for grieving people who would like to talk about some poems together and to try some basic exercises in writing poetically/creatively. No experience with poetry is necessary.

Photography and Grief: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM AND
Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
Just as there are different ways to grieve, there are multiple avenues for expressing our grief. In this workshop we will use photography to explore various aspects of our grief in creative ways. You will need access to either a camera or a cell phone with a built-in camera. There is no prior experience with photography needed, but you should have basic knowledge of how to use your device.

Forgotten Mourners: Sibling Loss and Grief
Thursday, August 4, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
Siblings are often called the “forgotten mourners” when grieving the loss of a brother or sister. Sometimes they feel as though they are on the outside of the family circle, and the pain of their loss is not acknowledged. This workshop will be a time for those who have experienced the loss of a sibling to share their stories and discuss strategies for dealing with the effects of grief.

The Gift of Allowing: Developing a Meditation Practice as You Grieve
Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM AND

Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM.
This two-session workshop is intended for those who have an interest in developing a meditation practice to support them as they face the challenges of grief and life. This workshop will not focus on “guided meditations” or imagery, but rather on creating and sustaining a practice that participants can continue on their own moving forward. The intention is to help you build a basic toolbox that will allow you to take your meditation anywhere, anytime, into any situation. If your loss occurred within the past four weeks, please ask to speak to one of the facilitators before registering.

Missing Goodbyes: African American Losses in a Time of Pandemic
Tuesday, August 16, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.
We face many challenges involving the culture and politics around death care in the African American community. During the pandemic, the goodbyes were missed and postponed. The “Homegoing” services, open caskets, musical selections, funeral programs and repasts were often missed or limited or postponed. Now what? Join us for a conversation about the unique challenges faced by this community and good ways to cope with our losses.

A Conversation about Loss and Grief
Thursday, September 1, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM OR
Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM OR
Friday, September 23, 2022, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
The loss of a loved one can present a difficult and challenging time in one’s life. This will be a gathering to talk about the different responses to losing a loved one and finding good ways to cope in the grief journey.

Events

Nature’s Healing Influence: Solace for the Griever
Time: September 17, 2022. 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm 
Location: Kemp Mill Estates Park, 120 Claybrook Dr., Wheaton, MD
Registration Required
For many, nature is a place of healing, enjoyment, and rejuvenation. This workshop is intended for those grieving the death of a loved one who want to experience how a meditative walk in nature might help ease the experience of grief. We will gather at the park building and then invite the participants to walk in silence in a wooded area near the park before reconvening for our closure.

*If there are weather-related concerns beforehand, we will contact you about any changes in scheduling.