BANGOR, Maine – Bereavement Support groups exist to help people who feel isolated and overwhelmed after losing a loved one to begin to rejoin Society. Statements like “Am I going crazy?,” “I feel so alone,” and “I’m not sure I will survive this” are comments often heard in group.
Factors such as age, sex, and spirituality help define us and make us unique. No two people grieve in the same way, as the relationship to the lost one is unique: men differ from women; parents differ from siblings, and mothers grieve differently from fathers. Each person’s journey is personal and can be very lonely and overwhelming. Each death is a life altering event. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, yet there are healthy ways to learn to live with your loss. Support groups can help you heal and obtain a “new normal” life.
The Bangor Area provides four different Bereavement Support Groups, each on a Wednesday evening. Each is open to the public, you may drop-in, free of charge, and each is lead by trained Grief facilitators. All are held at the Brookings Smith Family Center, 133 Center Street, Bangor.
The group on the first Wednesday of the month is for people who have lost a loved one to suicide. This group meets from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The contact number is 974-6894, for more information.
The second and fourth Wednesday are intended for general bereavement. These sessions start at 6:00 pm. and ends at 7:30 pm. The contact here for further information is either New Hope Hospice (843-7521) or Hospice of St. Joseph (907-1810).
On the third Wednesday the meeting is for parents and caregivers who have lost a child. These sessions are also from 6-7:30 p.m. and the contact number is 889-9025.