This fall Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church will sponsor a 10-week bereavement support group for persons suffering from grief or loss. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 starting on Sept. 20 and will continue through Nov. 29. (There will be no meeting on Nov. 1.)
The group will once again be led by Ellen Theg, a licensed psychotherapist and experienced bereavement counselor. Theg, who has led three previous support groups at FAPC, has been counseling individuals through grief and loss since 2001. Working with the Bereavement Center of Westchester, Theg has held groups for people mourning the loss of a partner, of siblings and of parents, providing support for the transition to life without the physical presence of the loved one. She has also facilitated child and adolescent groups in the Center’s Tree House program for families who grieve together.
"The benefit of a bereavement group is the support and connection it provides with others during the grieving process," she explains. "This group will allow you an opportunity to tell your story and work on feelings—particularly the difficult ones, such as guilt, regret and anger. Learning to live with the 'absent presence' of your loved one is a process, and we hope that this group will support your movement along this path to acceptance of your new circumstances."
The cost is $120 for the full program, and enrollment is limited to 10 people. For more information or to register, contact Stephanie Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org, 212 247 0490 ext 3007). If cost is a barrier or concern, financial assistance is available.
A winter support group will be held early next year at Brick Presbyterian Church. Further details will be announced.