A free group bereavement therapy session, offered by LifeTouch Hospice, will take place on Tuesday, July 12 and is aimed at helping community members dealing with grief.
LifeTouch Counseling Services Coordinator Abby Alphin is organizing the group and said the meeting is a fresh start for a service previously offered by the hospice.
“There have been many different group therapy sessions run by LifeTouch Hospice in the past that had specific goals such as the loss of a child or the loss of a parent, but this is the first to take place. for a few years. We are going to start doing these group therapy sessions quarterly.” says Alfin.
Although LifeTouch staff members will be present to assist with therapy, much of the focus will be on allowing the bereaved to speak in a safe and understanding environment.
“People who attend should expect to be able to meet and converse with others from this area who are grieving a loss. Our hope is that relationships are built, friendships are made, but most importantly, people feel at home. comfortable expressing themselves freely and their emotions to the point that when they leave here that day, they will feel encouraged to be able to face their grief and feel the happiness in their future,” Alphin said. .
LifeTouch will provide licensed social workers and chaplaincy staff for the therapy session. This strain, Alphin said, will help meet a range of needs depending on each person’s need for support during a time of bereavement.
“Our goal is not for us to lead the group, but for us to guide it and answer any questions. We hope that people will start talking alone because it makes the meeting less formal; as we want, comfortable. J ‘ve seen this happen often,” said Alphin.
The meeting is scheduled to take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on July 12 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. No registration necessary; anyone interested can just show up for the meeting.
“I believe that people who have suffered some loss or are anticipating the loss of a loved one in the near future due to terminal illness or something similar would benefit. I believe community leaders or church leaders who often face the challenge of speaking with families or friends of people who have experienced the loss of a loved one would be beneficial to better understand their feelings and how best to go about comforting them,” Alphin said.
LifeTouch also offers individual community bereavement therapy. For more information, LifeTouch can be contacted at (870) 862-0337.