Wednesday, 08 December 2021

Hospice Services of Lake County offers free eight-week grief and loss group

Hospice Services of Lake County Bereavement Services Manager Kathleen Bradley (right) prepares for the upcoming eight-week grief and loss support group with volunteer Linda Whitley. Photo courtesy of Hospice Services of Lake County.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Hospice Services of Lake County is beginning another series of meetings to help adults who have experienced the death of a loved one, either recently or in the past.

Recognizing there is not just a single way through grief, Hospice Services’ bereavement program will present “The Journey of Grief,” a free, educational series.

The grief and loss group will meet once a week for eight weeks starting Sept. 23.

Hospice Services invites interested individuals to attend either in person from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the bereavement center in Lakeport or through Zoom from 5 to 7 p.m. the same day. Assistance in the use of Zoom will be provided to enrolled participants.

In-person participants are encouraged to wear masks during the meetings to reduce the spread of COVID.

To register for the group meetings or obtain additional information, call Kathleen Bradley at 707-263-6222, Extension 123, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Group sessions are structured with combined instruction and discussion in a safe environment, facilitated by Bereavement Services Manager Kathleen Bradley and retired Pastor Margaret Flick.

“In our world today, we are being challenged by losses of all kinds. In addition to these, many of us are trying to also navigate grief due to the death of a loved one. In our groups, we companion and support each other as we attempt to find our footing and a new normal,” said Bradley. “During the weekly group sessions, education will be provided about grief, mourning, and what is ‘normal’ as well as support toward healing.”

Weekly topics are presented in a meaningful sequence, so attendance at all sessions is essential. Examples of topics covered in groups include setting intentions to heal, dispelling misconceptions about grief, exploring personal feelings of loss, seeking resolution, and self-care.

Hospice Services reminds individuals they do not have to navigate grief and loss alone.

“Often, when we lose a loved one, we don’t know where to turn for emotional support,” said Bradley. “Additionally, during these uncertain times, Lake County residents are coping with multiple losses and stress related to natural disasters and COVID-19, topped off by the sense of isolation as we refrain from our normal social rituals. The ‘Journey of Grief’ sessions are designed to help individuals through the loss.”

Hospice Services of Lake County provides high quality medical, emotional and spiritual care to help patients and their families navigate their end-of-life journeys.

For more information, call Hospice Services of Lake County, 707-263-6222. Visit the organization’s website at www.lakecountyhospice.org.

Janine Smith-Citron is director of development for Hospice Services of Lake County.

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