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

One support group will focus on those who have suffered the recent loss of a spouse. This group will meet Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Sept. 20 through Nov. 8.

The second group will be for younger adults who are grieving the loss of a spouse. This group will meet Mondays from noon to 1:30 p.m., Sept. 24 through Nov. 12.

The third group is for those in need of ongoing bereavement support and will meet Mondays from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Sept. 24 through Nov. 12.

"In these support groups, we will explore the grieving process and the profound sense of personal loss that follows the death of a spouse," said the Rev. Karen Judd, an interfaith minister, Reiki master and a grief and bereavement counselor with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. "With the death of a spouse, we lose the most central relationship in our adult lives. We not only lose a loved one, but an aspect of

our identity as well. These bereavement support groups will help participants gain a deeper understanding of their feelings of

grief and begin the

process of healing."

The bereavement support groups will take place 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. I-Park is at 761 Main Ave. on the Norwalk/Wilton town line.

The support groups are free, but advance registration is required. For more information, or to register for one of the 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 hospice care for individuals and families in New Canaan and throughout Fairfield County. Visit www.visitingnurse.net for more information.

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