Hospice Services offers free eight-week grief and loss group

A bereavement group facilitator consoles a participant during a quiet moment. Photo courtesy of Hospice Services of Lake County.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Hospice Services of Lake County is beginning another series of meetings to help adults who have experienced the death of a significant person either recently or in the past.

Recognizing there is not just a single way through grief, Hospice Services’ bereavement program will present “The Journey of Grief,” a free, educational series. The grief and loss group will meet once a week for eight weeks starting June 9.

Hospice Services invites interested individuals to attend in person from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the bereavement center in Lakeport located at 1862 Parallel Drive.

To register for the group meetings or obtain additional information, call Jennifer Nystrom at 707-263-6222, Extension 130, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Group sessions are structured with combined instruction and discussion in a safe environment, facilitated by Bereavement Services Manager Kathleen Bradley and Bereavement Counselor Jennifer Nystrom.

“In our world today, we are being challenged by losses of all kinds,” said Bradley. “In addition to these, many of us are trying to also navigate grief due to the death of a loved one. In our groups, we companion and support each other as we attempt to find our footing and a new normal. During the weekly group sessions, education will be provided about grief, mourning, and what is ‘expected,’ as well as support toward healing.”

Weekly topics are presented in a meaningful sequence, so attendance at all sessions is essential. Examples of topics covered in groups include setting intention to heal, dispelling misconceptions about grief, exploring personal feelings of loss, seeking resolution, and self-care.

Hospice Services reminds individuals they do not have to navigate grief and loss alone.

“Often, when we lose a loved one, we don’t know where to turn for emotional support,” said Bradley. “Additionally, during these uncertain times, Lake County residents are coping with multiple losses and stress related to natural disasters and COVID-19. The ‘Journey of Grief’ sessions are designed to help individuals through the loss.”

Hospice Services of Lake County provides high quality medical, emotional and spiritual care to help patients and their families navigate their end-of-life journeys. For more information, call Hospice Services of Lake County, 707-263-6222. Visit the organization’s website at www.lakecountyhospice.org.

Janine Smith-Citron is director of development for Hospice Services of Lake County.