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Community Home Support – Lanark County Expands its Adult Bereavement Support Groups

Posted Sep 13 2012 12:00am

By Barbara Carroll, Bereavement Program Volunteer

Earlier this year  Community Home Support - Lanark County began offering a monthly Adult Bereavement Support Group in Carleton Place as a complement to its existing Bereavement Programs in the Perth area.  The response has been overwhelming.  It has underscored the number of bereaved in our communities, reinforced the value of peer support in the journey of grief, and identified the need for additional bereavement programs.    As a result Community Home Support-Lanark County is pleased to offer an expanded range of adult bereavement support services this fall.

The existing Adult Bereavement Support Group will continue as an ongoing open group.  It meets at the Waterside Retirement Home, 105 McNeely Avenue in Carleton Place.   We continue our debt of gratitude to the Waterside Retirement Home as they are offering the space for the Bereavement Group free of charge.  This group meets on the last Wednesday of each month, from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. 
When members of the Carleton Place group voiced that they wanted to meet more frequently than once a month, Community Home Support–Lanark County responded by adding an Adult Bereavement Walking Group, also in Carleton Place.  This group meets on the second Wednesday of every Month at 1:30 pm at Starbucks on the corner of Hwy 7 and McNeely Avenue and walks the new Beckwith Trail.
The success of the Bereavement Support Group in Carleton Place has also prompted Community Home Support – Lanark County to start a second Support Group in Perth.  This will meet at Lanark Lodge on the second Wednesday of every month from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  The first meeting will be on October 10th, 2012.
The two open Bereavement Support Groups will be facilitated by dedicated volunteers who have specialized training in grief, psychology, and palliative care, and who have also experienced the loss of a loved one.  They bring to the group a wealth of knowledge and experience, deep compassion, and a loving concern.  The group sessions will normally begin with a short video or guest speaker, followed by a structured discussion based on the presentation topic for the session.   Those present are invited to share their experiences as they are able, or simply to benefit from the presence of others who are learning to live with their grief. 
The Carleton Place Bereavement Walking Group will be coordinated by a volunteer who has experienced the loss of a loved one.  Group members may walk as far as they want each month and may choose to either share their grief, or simply walk alongside others.  Those who want to continue talking can end the afternoon with a coffee at Starbucks.
All three groups are informal and ongoing.  There is no charge, and no requirement to pre-register.  Newcomers are always welcome and those who have attended a session may come to some or all of the subsequent sessions, depending upon their needs, interest, and other commitments. Anyone wanting more information may contact Rebecca Bowie at the Community Home Support office:  613-267-6400  or  rebeccab@chslc.ca
Community Home Support - Lanark County is supported by the South East LHIN, the United Way of Lanark County and community donations.
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