New Canaan's Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer two bereavement support groups this spring to help individuals cope with loss following the death of a spouse.

One group will meet Monday afternoons from 3 to 4:30 p.m. beginning April 16 and will continue through June 4.

The second group will meet Tuesday afternoons from noon until 1:30 p.m. beginning April 17, and will continue through June 5.

There is no fee for participation.

"In these support groups, we will explore the grieving process as it relates to the death of a spouse and the profound sense of personal loss that follows," said The Rev. Karen Judd, an interfaith minister and a grief and bereavement counselor with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County.

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"With the death of a spouse, we lose the most central relationship in our adult lives. We not only lose a loved one but a part of our identity as well. This bereavement support group will help participants gain a deeper understanding of their feelings of grief and begin the process of healing."

The bereavement support groups for those who have lost a spouse will be held at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center of Norwalk Hospital at I-Park.

The support groups are open to the public but pre-registration is required.

For more information, or to pre-register for one of the bereavement support groups, call Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203-834-6341, ext. 255.

A nonprofit community organization for 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice care for adults and children in New Canaan and throughout Fairfield County.

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