Bereavement Support Groups & Activities

“Give voice to sorrow. Lend words to loneliness. Make heard the depth of your despair and the breaking of your heart. For what remains unspoken can never burst into healing song.”
~from Safe Passage by Molly Fumia

Bereavement Support Groups offer a safe, mutually supportive environment for sharing experiences, insight and encouragement through discussion, handouts, and suggestions for writing.  Support groups are free of charge and meet at our 191 Canal Street office.

If you wish to join a Support Group, Please call the office at 802-257-0775 or email info@brattleborohospice.org for more information or to make a pre-group meeting appointment.

Individual and family support is also available with trained bereavement volunteers and staff.  Please call us for more information, an appointment, or just a listening ear.  You can also receive updates about bereavement activities by subscribing to our Seasons Bereavement Newsletter.

Please call the office at 802-257-0775 or email info@brattleborohospice.org for more information or to make a pre-group meeting appointment.

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**New** Six Week Support Group for Adults begins Wednesday January 18th, 4:30-6:00 p.m., and will continue on Wednesdays through February 22nd.  This group is for adults who have experienced a death loss of any type.  We’ll use a combination of conversation, writing exercises, music, art materials, sharing mementos, etc. to explore grief and healing.  Connie Baxter is the facilitator.  Please contact Connie at 257-0775 ext. 104 to inquire about joining this group.

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Support for People Experiencing Loss in Grafton: Brattleboro Area Hospice and the Grafton Public Library co-sponsor an on-going support group on issues concerning loss, death and dying on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m., led by BAH Bereavement Care Counselor Cicely Carroll.  For more information, please contact Michelle Dufort at the Grafton Public Library, (802) 843-2404, librarian@graftonpubliclibrary.org or www.graftonpubliclibrary.org

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Bereavement Writing Support Groups, facilitated by Muriel Wolf, are currently full. If you’re interested in being on a wait list to join one of these groups, please contact Connie Baxter at 257-0775 ext. 104.

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The Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group meets from 5-6:30pm on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month, facilitated by Cicely Carroll, Bereavement Care Counselor.  Please note:  you must have one meeting with a bereavement counselor before participating in this group.

If you wish to join the on-going Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group, call Cicely Carroll at 802-257-0775, x108 for more information or to set up a pre-group meeting.

The Bereaved Parents Support Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, from 4:30-6:00 pm. This group is for parents who have lost a teenaged or young adult child.  Judy Davidson is the facilitator.  Please call Connie Baxter at 257-0775 ext. 104 to inquire about joining this group.

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We would like to support those in our community who are grieving the death of someone who died from suicide, through a Suicide Loss Support Group, but at this time we do not have enough individuals to form a group.  If you or someone you know might be interested in participating in such a group, please contact Connie Baxter at 257-0775 ext. 104.

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Bereavement Activities for Children:

Good Grief Groups meet when 4 or more close-in-age children or teens express interest. Contact Elizabeth Ungerleider at hanglidr@sover.net or 802-258-0763.

Camp Knock Knock is a weekend camp for families with children who have experienced the death of a loved one. It’s the only camp of its kind in Vermont, and over the years participating families have felt the weekend was a very valuable experience. Families are accepted on a first come basis and must meet two criteria: a loved one has died and children are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Scholarships are available. For more information and to register call Ally Parker at (802) 860-4499 x3405.