Support Group For Those Who’ve Lost A Loved One

SCOTCH PLAINS—VITAS Innovative Hospice Care® offers bereavement support groups to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.  These groups offer understanding, useful information and sharing with others who are grieving.

The next group will be a six-week grief/social support walk-in group for anyone who has had a loss within the past year. It begins Thursday, April 28 and continues through Thursday June 2, at Complete Care, 1814 East 2nd Street, Scotch Plains.  This group will be led by Barbara Plyer, VITAS bereavement services manager.   To register or for more information, call Barbara Plyer at 1-973-994-5343.

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1 comment for “Support Group For Those Who’ve Lost A Loved One

  1. April 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

    There are several hundred no fee bereavement mutual support groups across NJ that are available. For a 2-page listing of the many types, see:

    Or just call the non-profit, State-funded N.J. Self-Help Group Clearinghouse toll-free group information helpine from anywhere in NJ at: 1-800-367-6274, more easily remembered as 1-800-FOR-M.A.S.H. (Mutual Aid Self-Help).

    In additional to helping people find existing groups, the Clearinghouse provides free help to those interested in starting a needed new self-help (i.e., member-run) support group in their area of New Jersey.

    In addition to bereavement support groups, the Clearinghouse can link you with any of the over 6,500 over support groups that meet in NJ for most any illness, addiction, disability, parenting, caregiver concern, abuse, or any of hundreds of other stressful life situations.

    Take care and hope, – Ed

    “My years as a medical practitioner, as well as my own first-hand experience, have taught me how important self-help groups are in assisting their members in dealing with problems, stress, hardship and pain… the benefits of mutual aid are experienced by millions of people who turn to others with a similar problem to attempt to deal with their isolation, powerlessness, alienation, and the awful feeling that nobody understands… Health and human service providers are learning that they can indeed provide a superior service when they help their patients and clients find appropriate peer support.”
    – former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, who also served as a member of Compassionate Friends, an international self-help group for bereaved parents, following the sudden death of his own college age son. There are about ten Compassionate Friends support group meetings in NJ. Call the Clearinghouse for details on those and other groups, or in learning how to join with others to start such a mutual support group if there is none in your area.

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