Grief and Loss

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one recently, or even a long time ago? Many of us have. We are often left feeling alone and as if no one understands our pain. Do you ever wish you could talk about your feelings with someone who can relate to you? The Grief Support Group is for you. 

The Grief Support Group represents a unique opportunity to explore the long lasting effects of loss and grief under the guidance of a seasoned therapist and alongside other people facing similar struggles. In this group you will process the trauma of your loss, validate your feelings around your loss, provide a framework for understanding your grief and provide a sense of hope for the future.

The Grief Support Group will…

– Provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to share your thoughts, emotions and struggles
– Provide a venue to grapple with changes in identity, roles and relationships
– Enable you to discover and develop inner and outer resources and learn coping strategies
– Learn about self-acceptance, self-care, self-compassion and resilience
– Protect against isolation and shame in a mourning-avoiding culture

When is the course beginning?
Late October, enrolling now, space is limited to 5-7 people

Where are the groups being held?
Insight Psychological Group
240 W. Passaic St. Ste. 10
Maywood, NJ 07607

(with enough enrollment, we will also start a group in Westfield:
773 Central Ave.
Westfield, NJ 07090)

Who is it open to?

$55 per week

Group Leader
Sara Shapiro, LCSW


Week 1: Introduction. Basics of grief, mourning; self-care
Week 2: Normal grief responses; handling emotions in grief
Week 3: Myths and Facts about grief; share favorite qualities of loved ones, mementos
Week 4: Coping Strategies – Building Resilience
Week 5: Practical considerations
Week 6: Changes in family, identity, roles
Week 7: Spirituality, meaning, self-care (music, writing, art, exercise)
Week 8: Good-byes, sharing plans; memories and rituals, connections going forward

The Grief Support Group is…

  • Open to everyone
  • Ideal for people who feel alone in their grief
  • A place to find community support in the face of loss

After filling out your application expressing interest, Ms. Engel will be in contact with you to help decide if the group is right for you.
Before beginning the group, approved participants will be given consent and payment authorization forms to fill out.

Katy Engel, LSW

Katy Engel, LSW

Group Leader

Katy is a Licensed Social Worker who works with adolescents, adults, couples and families who are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, parenting and/or grief. She has worked extensively with those who have experienced loss to help them navigate the grieving process. Katy earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a Master’s of Social Work from the Nathan Weiss Graduate School of Kean University. Katy draws from an eclectic group of therapeutic approaches and experiences gained in inpatient, outpatient and school settings prior to joining Insight. She tailors her approach to each client in which she integrates different elements of psychodynamic and client-centered therapy, CBT, DBT, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, Imago Couples Therapy and Bowen Family System Theory. She is committed to creating and holding a safe, supportive space where clients can realize their full potential and lead happy, meaningful lives.