Abode Hospice Grief Support Group
What is grief?
Grief is a reaction to loss.
The way we experience grief is very individual; we each grieve in our own way. There are no universal “stages” to grief – it is as individual as a fingerprint or a snowflake. People may have different “styles” of grieving. Some people may express their grief verbally, or cry easily; other people may channel their grief into activity. All of these responses are normal. How we grieve is not a measure of how we love.
There is no timetable to grief. Over time, the pain lessens, and we return to similar, sometimes better, levels of functioning.
How can a support group help?
Many grieving people wonder if they would benefit from joining a support group. Support groups are a time-tested method of help for people struggling with all sorts of difficulties. But groups are not magic; there are no words that can be uttered within a group setting that can make grief disappear. Many people report comfort in the companionship of group support and benefit from knowing they are not alone in their experience of grief.
What Support Groups Have to Offer
Groups are places to work together and support in an environment where everyone gives and takes. Not every griever will find a support group suitable, as everyone grieves in their own way. For many, however, support groups have much to offer, such as:
Grief is experienced in so many ways – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Being with other grievers can reaffirm that one is not going crazy, which is common concern of people who are grieving. While every loss in unique, having the support of other who have experienced loss and understand can be comforting.
For many people, a support group can be a break from the loneliness and isolation that often comes with grief.
Suggestions for Coping
There is no single solution to dealing with loss; but to listen to stories of how others cope with a particular problem, new ideas for coping can emerge.
They provide hope by providing models that reaffirm that one can survive loss.
They provide new understandings and reminders of past coping skills. Sometimes grievers find that providing comfort to fellow support group members brings them a sense of pride by showing empathy and kindness to others who are grieving.
Abode Hospice offers on-going grief support for individuals who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. We offer a way to connect those who are going through common challenges. The Bereavement Support Group is free to anyone who is dealing with grief in their life.
The Bereavement Support Group, led by Loren Couch, meets in the Conference Room in the Abode Hospice office.
744 Horizon Ct, Suite 110
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Meetings are held every Tuesday, from 2:00-3:00 pm.
For more information about the group, contact Loren Couch at 970-658-8705.
Loren Couch, MA ACA
Loren is a native of Nebraska and a Veteran of the U.S. Navy. Loren took his undergraduate degree from Mesa State College. He completed Graduate School at Adams State College in Alamosa, CO with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.
Loren has extensive experience in both group and individual therapies. He endorses the value of empathy and support that groups offer people dealing with the loss of a loved one.
Madelina Brown M. MSC
Maddie is a native of Colorado and loves her state. She is a graduate of the University of Sedona. She has pastored and been in ministry for 30+ years. She has a master’s degree in Metaphysical and Spiritual Counseling and is continuing to get her Doctorate. She has practiced for more than 20 years and supports the values of Hospice.