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?
Starting soon, enrolling now
Where are the groups being held?
Virtually. Group members will receive a link to log in.
Who is it open to?
$55 per week
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. Shapiro 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.
Sara Shapiro, LCSW
Sara Shapiro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s degree in Social Work, with a concentration in Family dynamics, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Sara’s professional style when working with individuals, couples, families and groups is supportive, empathic and non-judgemental. She incorporates a strength based, client-centered approach with her clients. Sara utilizes multiple treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing and systems theory. Sara’s experience includes working with a diverse population including children and families involved in custody disputes, individuals with dementia and their caregivers, and people grieving the loss of a loved one. Sara’s currently treats clients presenting with anxiety, depression, parenting issues, trauma, grief, relationship issues, executive functioning difficulty, life transitions, intergenerational issues, fertility journeys and caregiver stress. Sara values creating a safe space to empower her clients as they navigate their personal life journeys.