Our bereavement support group offers a place for those who are grieving a recent death. The group provides a safe and supportive environment where people can verbalize feelings associated with a loss. The group is facilitated by a clinical social worker experienced in grief therapy. For further information, call Valley Hospice at 201-291-6243.
Stepping Stones Support Group
Valley Home Care's Stepping Stones support group is designed to address the particular needs of parents who have lost a child. It provides a setting where parents can get support, come to terms with their loss, and begin to work towards healing.
Facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a parent who has survived a similar loss, Stepping Stones meets twice a month and is open to all parents who are grieving the death of a child age 22 or younger. Each 90-minute session will begin with the exploration of a topic related to grief and healing, followed by interactive discussion. Topics may include:
- understanding the differences in how family members deal with loss,
- helping siblings cope with grief,
- getting through holidays and special occasions,
- avoiding blame,
- the importance of nurturing yourself,
- utilizing support systems, and
- sharing positive memories.
Parents seeking more information on the Stepping Stones support group may contact Henry Fersko-Weiss, Manager of Social Services, at 201-291-6243, or Mary Ann West, RN, MSN, CHPN, Butterflies Program Manager, at 201-291-6364.