Yolo Hospice starts support group for grieving parents

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On Wednesday, May 1, Yolo Hospice’s Bereavement Support Department will launch a support group for parents who have lost a child.

The drop-in sessions will run from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Yolo Hospice’s office, 1909 Galileo Ct., Davis. They will be open to any adults who have experienced the loss of a child of any age, at any time, according to David Deerfeeder, manager of bereavement services.

No registration will be required for the Child Loss Support Group. Attendance is free of charge. Participants may attend as often or as occasionally as they wish.

Deerfeeder will lead attendees in a check-in/discussion format, prompted by topics presented in the book “The Unspeakable Loss: How Do You Live after a Child Dies?” by Nisha Zenoff, Ph.D.

The Child Loss Support Group makes for a total of five regularly occurring drop-in groups hosted by Yolo Hospice. All are free and take place at 1909 Galileo Court on weeknights. The other four groups:

  • Adult Drop-In Support. Participants talk about loss, get information about the grief process, and gain support from others who are grieving. Meets every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Young Adult Drop-In Support. Individuals from 18 to 30 years old talk about loss, connect with others and learn new ways to cope. Meets on alternating Tuesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. (For specific dates, call Yolo Hospice at 530-758-5566 or check the calendar at www.yolohospice.org.)
  • Anticipatory Loss Drop-In Support. Patients and their loved ones anticipate certain losses when dealing with serious or life-limiting illness. The group explores various aspects of anticipatory loss and discusses ways of adjusting. It is a safe place to talk and learn. Meets on Mondays (except holidays) from 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Pet Loss Drop-In Support for Adults. Meets the first Monday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

In addition, Yolo Hospice will begin another of its six-session “Exploring Your Grief” groups on Tuesday, April 30. Registration is required; the group is open to those at least three months out form their loss. Through discussion, education and expressive arts, participants in this group will discover ways to navigate the grief process through the benefit of sharing with and learning from others.

Other support groups also require registration, meet for limited periods or address specific groups and therapies. Examples include age-specific groups for children and special holiday workshops. Learn more at 530-758-5566 or www.yolohospice.org.

Yolo Hospice is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides expert and compassionate hospice care, palliative care, bereavement services, and public education about end-of-life issues for all people in the region’s culturally diverse community.

The organization has been serving patients and families in Colusa, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, and Yolo Counties for 40 years. In 2017, it formed a strategic alliance with Citizens Who Care to expand its services, particularly caregiver support.

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