New support group deals with ‘anticipatory loss’

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Yolo Hospice is starting a new drop-in support group centered around anticipatory loss. The group will meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month, from 7-8:30 pm, at the Yolo Hospice office (1909 Galileo Court in Davis. Because it is a drop-in, there is no need to RSVP, or to commit to coming to every meeting. The first meeting will be held April 9.

Anticipatory loss occurs before someone has died. Patients and their loved ones anticipate certain losses when dealing with a serious or life-limiting illness. At each session of the support group, attendees will be guided to explore an aspect of the nature of anticipatory loss and examine strategies to make adjustments. The group is intended to provide a safe place to talk about loss experiences, and learn effective ways that others use to cope.

“This group is a serving a different need than our other support groups,” says David Deerfeeder, Yolo Hospice bereavement services manager. “It’s important to realize that grief doesn’t begin at a death. There are other losses along the way, and grief involved in facing the losses we know are coming in the future. This group is here to support people who are already grieving, but are earlier in the journey.”

The Anticipatory Loss Support Group is free-of-charge and open to people facing a life-limiting illness, as well as their loved ones. All residents of Yolo, Solano, Sacramento, Colusa and Sutter counties are welcome. It is not necessary to be receiving services from Yolo Hospice or YoloCare to participate in this group.

Yolo Hospice’s ongoing drop-in support groups include a Young Adult Support Group (alternate Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.) and a Pet Loss Support Group (first Monday of each month, 6:30-7:30 p.m.). There is also a general Grief Support Group for any loss, which meets every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m. In addition, Yolo Hospice offers support groups for children and teens, which require pre-registration.

For more information about Yolo Hospice’s bereavement services, visit or contact David Deerfeeder, 530-758-5566 or


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