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Grief Support Groups Offer Help Through Ascension At Home Hospice

Ascension At Home

The loss of a loved one is a tough time for anyone, but Ascension at Home Hospice is offering some new services this month to help those suffering a loss.

Christina Harkness is bereavement coordinator.

Harkness wanted to alert the public that they have free support groups that are open to anyone in the community...

"We have 'Healing Hearts' which is an art group for processing loss and grief. It doesn't have to be loss or grief through a death. It doesn't have to be loss through a death. Maybe someone is experiencing cancer or a big loss in their life that they're trying to process. We try to do an art project each time we meet that has to do with processing grief or loss...."

That group meets the first Tuesday of every month at noon at the Old School Arts and Learning Center at Riverview Hall, across from Friendly Village Nursing Home in Rhinelander.

A second new group this year is a men's grief group called "Men Connecting Through Grief" which is at their office at 111 East Davenport Street.

That group meets the fourth Thursday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m...

"...That's mostly a group of widowers. Men who have experienced grief and loss. Our culture doesn't always encourage men to talk about their feelings or their grief so this is a good group, really nice gentlemen in this group. I would encourage any gentlemen out there to get involved with that group..."

A general grief support group for any Northwoods resident going through grief is held the third Tuesday of the month at the offices on Davenport Street.

Harkness says our society doesn't always process grief well...

"When people experience the death of a loved one, they get three days of bereavement leave and the world goes on without them. They're left feeling lost. My goal is to connect people up with other people who have similar experiences..."

More information is available by calling Ascension at Home Hospice at 715-301-7210 or ascensionathome.com

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