Child Loss Bereavement Support Group at the Center for Hope, Darien, CT
Statement by the facilitor – Fran Dorf, MA, LCSW
The death of a child is a loss like no other. Having lost my own child in 1994, I know that nothing has prepared you for the trauma of this death, nor the deluge of emotions that accompany it—extreme sadness, guilt, anger, shame, hopelessness, and so much more. I know that nothing can prepare you for the sometimes hurtful things well-meaning people say, nor the symptoms that can include anything from a sense of unreality, to an inability to function day to day, to hallucinations, to fatigue and other physical syptoms. As you move through the first months and years and try to find the way forward while still holding the memory and relationship with the child, it’s worthwhile to meet with others experiencing the same loss, under the compassionate, authentic, and knowledgable guidance of someone who has been there as well. I know it’s hard to get to the next moment, but consider joining my group. It meets Thursdays at 6:00 PM at the Center for Hope, in Darien. Please call me at 203-536-3531 to discuss the group and/or register.
Senior Spousal Bereavement Group at the Center for Hope, Darien, CT
Statement by the facilitator – Fran Dorf, MA, LCSW
The loss of a longtime spouse or companion, especially over the the age of 60, can be uniquely devastating. Although everyone has his or her own personality and set of experiences and has lost a unique person and relationship, the “senior” bereaved has to deal not only with the trauma of the death, but must also face each day with the “present absence” of the one person who may have been the most significant and longstanding relationship of one’s life. The senior bereaved must face not only a sense of one’s own mortality, but everyday tasks such as cooking, bill-paying and even management of emotional challenges without a source of wisdom or history. As you move through the first months and years, trying to find the way to move forward, it may be helpful to meet with others experiencing the same loss, under the compassionate, authentic guidance of a facilitator who is both familiar with, and knowledgable about the process of of extreme grief. Consider joining my group, which is starting a new session very soon. It meets Mondays at 10 AM at the Center for Hope, in Darien. Please call me at 203-536-3531 to discuss the group and/or register.