Bereavement Support Group

 A Bereavement Support Group meets at 6:30 PM on the first and third Tuesday of the month in Our Lady of Lourdes Rectory Meeting Room.

The Support Group is a small group voluntarily sharing their experiences in going through bereavement and discussing helpful spiritual guidance.

We go through a bereavement process whenever a drastic restructuring in our lives happens to us--- usually, through no fault of our own.

Whether it is from a loss of a dearly loved one or a loss of a job, or something not in our control that completely changes our lives. Those that we depend on for emotional support are no longer there and we have to reorganize our lives – look for new direction.

What the Support Group is Not:

  • Lectures on how you get over it
  • Therapy group
  • Stand up and talk about how you feel
  • Pep rally

What the Support Group Is:

  • Individuals voluntarily sharing their concerns in a small group (4-6)
  • Individuals voluntarily sharing their experiences in going through bereavement
  • Helpful guidance and exercises, some that you may want to do on your own
  • Spiritual guidance to give you strength

Who Should Attend:

  • Individuals and family members recently affected by bereavement process
  • Individuals who have had experience in reorienting their lives and want to help others

“COPING WITH YOUR EMOTIONS AND MANAGING STRESS”

  • Crying. Tears have a language all their own
  • Writing your thoughts on paper and expressing your feelings in a personal diary.
  • Thanking God for the support you have received directly and through friends.
  • Walking in nature. This can soothe the soul as you hear and see the cycle of life of the seasons.
  • Throwing yourself into a hobby. Focus on an activity that helps to distract you temporarily.
  • Caring for a pet. They give unconditional love.
  • Wearing a smile, even when you don’t feel like it. Smiling releases endorphins that makes your body feel good.

The above are summary headings from a paper with the same title provided by the Norwich Diocese of Faith Events. It can be found in the Chapel and Foyer in the Bereavement Support Group Container.

Contact:  Lou Tedeschi at 860-464-2453 for more information.