Important Update on Upcoming Grief Support Groups

Visiting Nurse Association Hospice is holding various grief support meetings. Most are on the Zoom online platform at this time. We offer monthly meetings, occasional workshops, and the 6 week support group Sharing the Journey: Coping with Grief. Our bereavement events are open to families and friends of VNA patients, as well as the general public. If you know of others who are grieving the loss of a loved one, you are welcome to invite them to join us.
Dallas County
Lunchtime Grief Support

These meetings provide an opportunity to hear a practical program about some aspect of the grief process, and include time for questions and discussion. 4th Thursdays, 12 noon to 1 pm, September 23, October 28, held on Zoom. We will meet the 3rd Thursdays in November and December, on November 18 and December 16. RSVP is required to Sue Rafferty, LMSW, rafferts@vnatexas.org, or call 972-215-6128. An e-mail reminder with the Zoom link will be sent out before the meeting. 
September 23, Sue Rafferty, LMSW, VNA hospice bereavement coordinator, will lead a discussion on “Pictures of Grief”.
October 28, Laurie Taylor, MS, CT, Executive Director, Grief and Loss Center of North Texas, will speak on “The Grief of Moving Forward: The Fear of Forgetting.”
 
Grieving Well 
2 hour workshop on Zoom, Wednesday, October 20, 10 am to 12 pm
RSVP is required to Sue Rafferty, LMSW, rafferts@vnatexas.org, or call 972-215-6128. An e-mail reminder with the Zoom link will be sent out before the meeting. 
 
Healing for the Holidays
Workshop about holiday grief, on Zoom, Friday, November 12, 10 to 11:30 am 
RSVP is required to Sue Rafferty, LMSW, rafferts@vnatexas.org, or call 972-215-6128. An e-mail reminder with the Zoom link will be sent out before the meeting. 
Collin County
Grief Support Group (loss of any loved ones)
Tuesdays, September 28, October 26, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., held on Zoom. Contact Susan Bryan, LPC, to sign up and get the Zoom link,(214) 733-5543 or bryans@vnatexas.org
 
Grieving Hearts Group (loss of spouse)
2nd Tuesdays, October 12, November 9, December 14, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Held in-person, with face masks required. First United Methodist Church, Allen, 601 S. Greenville Ave., Allen, TX. Contact Susan Bryan, LPC, at least 24 hours in advance before coming to the group for the first time, at (214) 733-5543, or bryans@vnatexas.org 
 
Healing for the Holidays
Focusing on coping with grief during the holidays. Held on Zoom, Tuesday, November 16, 10–11:30 a.m. Contact Susan Bryan, LPC, to sign up and get the Zoom link, (214) 733-5543 or bryans@vnatexas.org.
 
Please feel free to contact us for more information or for bereavement resources. There are a number of other support groups we can recommend if our times do not work for you. Take care.
Grief Resources for Fall 2021
VNA bereavement events provide an opportunity for bereaved individuals to meet with others who understand loss and learn more about helping themselves. We will resume our in-person grief events when our medical staff deems it safe to do so. We are holding some on-line Zoom Grief Groups. Please reach out to your Bereavement Coordinator for more information or support.

Dallas: Sue Rafferty – 214-689-2922 | rafferts@vnatexas.org
Collin: Susan Bryan, LPC – 214-733-5543 | bryans@vnatexas.org
Denton: Jerald Garner – 940-349-5900 | garnerj@vnatexas.org
Kaufman: Kevin Moore – 972-962-7500 | moorek@vnatexas.org

Online Grief Support Groups

www.faithandgrief.org/gatherings – A local faith-based organization that is currently holding online grief meetings.

www.griefshare.org – A faith-based grief program that uses video lessons and discussion groups. Many of its groups are being done online; check their website to find ones near you.

https://www.thewidowsjourney.org/ – Dallas organization for widows that holds support meetings online.

Helpful Websites for Loss and Grief

www.psycologytoday.com/us/basics/grief – Listing of private practice counselors and therapists in your area who specialize in grief and loss (VNA doesn’t endorse these, but is only sharing this website info if it is helpful to you)

www.aftertalk.com – Website with articles, blog, resource center, and an “ask Dr. Robert Niemeyer” column, with space for writing private conversations to loved ones and archiving memories

www.centerforloss.com – Links to books and articles by grief counselor and educator Alan Wolfelt, PhD.

www.grief.com – Website with videos and info from grief expert and educator Dr. David Kessler.

www.thegrieftoolbox.com – A place for grief tools, where people can find the grief resources they need. Includes links to articles, videos, support group finder.

www.whatsyourgrief.com – Website about many aspects of coping with grief

www.widownet.org – Information and self-help resources for widows and widowers, discussion boards.

www.griefhealing.com – Website with extensive quotes/poems section, articles on loss and pet loss, discussion groups.

www.healgrief.org – Social support network providing resources and support for coping with grief.

www.opentohope.com – Online resource center that includes community forums and articles, podcasts, and videos on a wide variety of grief-related topics.

www.ourhouse-grief.org/grief-pages (has Spanish resources) – Grief articles in English and Spanish

www.connect.legacy.com – Online support groups, articles, blogs, resources, and more.

www.forums.grieving.com – Forums for different kinds of losses and grief issues.

www.hubpages.com/health/grief-loss-bereavement – Extensive website about grief and loss with many links to grief-related articles.