Bereavement Programs

Montgomery Hospice bereavement support groups and workshops are open to all who live or work in Montgomery County.
Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so call and register early.
Montgomery Hospice has at least one experienced, professional counselor as a co-facilitator in each bereavement group discussion or workshop.
Please call 301-921-4400 for further information or to register.


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                                                                      Support Groups

Bereavement Groups are for anyone who lives or works in Montgomery County and is grieving the death of a loved one. The groups provide emotional support and encourage the sharing of personal experiences. Practical issues and concerns are discussed. Educational materials are provided.

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 11 persons and they do fill up.
• There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee for all community persons. (No fee for Montgomery Hospice family members.)

Afternoon Grief Support Group
Tuesdays from 1:30-3:00 pm at North Bethesda United Methodist Church: 10100 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20817.
Begins Tuesday, May 14, 2019 for six weeks.


Parent Loss Group: for adults who have experienced the death of one or both parents.
Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm at St. John's Episcopal Church-Norwood Parish:
 6701 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.
Begins Thursday, May 16, 2019 for six weeks.
 

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                                               Grief Conversation Groups (One-Time Sessions)

                                                                       
  If you are mourning the death of a loved one…….
                                               please feel free to join one of these small group discussions about grief and healing:
                                                         Location: Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Dr., Rockville 20850

Afternoon sessions:
Friday, July 26, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Friday, September 6, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Evening sessions:
Tuesday, August 13,  6:30 - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, August 27,  6:30 - 8:00 PM



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                                                                   Summer Grief Workshops

All workshops are free for anyone living or working in Montgomery County.
Participants must sign up in advance.
To register or for more information, please call: Montgomery Hospice Bereavement Care Staff, 301-921-4400
All workshops will take place at: 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850


Grieving a Difficult Relationship– July 1 and 8, 6:30-8:00 PM
There are times when death occurs in the middle of a difficult or conflicted relationship. Beyond feelings of sadness or loss, other intense emotions can arise making grief challenging and complicated. This two-week workshop will be a time for grieving individuals to share about their difficult relationship to a loved one who has died and find strategies to help with unfinished business. (This workshop is intended for those grieving a death due to natural causes. Participants should be a least one month from the death of their loved one).

Loss of a Sibling Grief Workshop – July 17, 6:30-8:30 
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.

A Workshop on Grief for the LGBTQI Community – July 15 and 22, 6:30-8:00
PM
Join us for this two-session workshop professionally facilitated by members of the LGBTQI community. Share your grief about the death of the loved one and learn about coping strategies. (Participants should be at least 3 months from the death of their loved one).

Coping with the Grief of an Overdose Death – July 17, 24, 31, 6:30-8:00 
PM
A supportive three-week workshop exploring the challenges of grieving the death of a loved one through addiction and overdose, and sharing ways to cope with the loss. (Participants should be at least 3 months from the death of their loved one).

Mindfulness and Grief Workshop – July 30, 6:30-8:00 
PM
In this workshop, we will explore the practice of mindfulness and how it can be helpful in handling grief. Practicing mindfulness can assist with relieving some of the intensity and distress of grief. No prior experience with mindfulness practice is necessary. (Participants should be at least 3 months from the death of their loved one).

Beyond Words: Expressing Grief through Art Making – August 7, 14, 21, 6:00-8:00 
PM 
In this three-session workshop, we will explore the grief journey through art making, learn new ways to take care of ourselves, and memorialize our loved ones. You do not need any prior art experience to register.

For Men Only: Getting a Handle on Your Grief – August 12 and 19, 6:30-8:00
PM
This two-week workshop will be a time for men to gather, with male facilitators, to exchange thoughts and experience about the personal loss of a loved one. On consecutive Mondays, we will explore how grief affects us emotionally, physically and mentally. Practical issues around coping with be discussed and educational materials will be provided.

Journaling and Grief Workshop – August 13 and 20, 6:30-8:00 
PM
This offering is a two-week workshop that will focus on the use of journaling techniques as a way of addressing grief issues. No previous experience with journaling necessary. Participants need to plan on attending both sessions.

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