New Canaan's Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer an eight-week bereavement support group for men this spring to help them cope with the loss of a loved one. The group will meet Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. beginning April 23, and will continue through June 11.

"The loss of a loved one is a profoundly heartbreaking experience but it is not the same for men as for women," said the Rev. Judd, an interfaith minister and grief and bereavement counselor with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. "Grief can be compounded in men because they are sometimes reluctant to directly address their sadness about loss. In the past, men were expected to be emotionally controlled and inexpressive."

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Bereavement can be a confusing time of fluctuating feelings that alternate from deep sadness to hope for the future. This emotional fluctuation can be particularly frustrating for men. The bereavement group will help men gain a deeper understanding of their unique experience of loss and begin the process of healing.

The bereavement group for men 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, located at 761 Main Ave.

The support group is open to the public and there is no fee for participation but pre-registration is required. For more information, or to pre-register for the bereavement support group for men, 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. Visit www.visitingnurse.net.