Grief Support Group
What is a Grief Support Group?
A grief support group offers a different quality of support and connection that comes from being with people who have also recently experienced a loss. Grief support groups provide emotional support, validation, and education about grief.
What can I expect during the grief support group?
Why might a grief support group be helpful?
Grief support groups are increasingly being recognized as an effective way to promote healing through education and support after the loss of a loved one or close friend. Bereavement group members report a strong positive impact based on both the psycho-educational aspects of groups and the “safe haven” setting they provide for emotional expression and release of feelings.
How do I know if I would benefit from a grief support group?
A poor existing support system. If you find a lack of support or empathy among your family and close friends, or feel isolated or geographically remote from family or close friends, you may benefit from a grief support group. A grieving individual may feel he or she is “not doing as well as everyone else” and may feel self-conscious and uncomfortable in their presence.
Experiencing your first loss. If you are facing your first grief experience and want to learn more about typical patterns of grief. Many grieving individuals do not understand the many ways that grief affects us physically, mentally, and emotionally. They may be disturbed by their behaviors and recurrent feelings that often include anger, guilt, sadness, and fear.
A sense of community. Many people who experience a loss like to talk about their grief with others experiencing similar emotions. In a grief support group, each individual is able to talk about their feelings and receive emotional support and validation from others who are experiencing similar feelings. “I feel like I’m going crazy” is often noted by grieving individuals who don’t fully understand the wide range of reactions that grief can cause.
Support groups at Bethesda
South County Christian Counseling Center offers 12 week grief support groups.South County Christian Counseling support groups offer time-limited, closed-ended sessions that tend to be most effective because group enrollment closes after the first group session. This provides a secure environment in which trusting relationships between members can develop. These small grief support groups encourage more self-disclosure, which often leads to self-awareness. Support groups at South County Christian Counseling Center are priced $20 per person, per session, sliding scales are offered for those in need on person by person basis.