In 2009, Hospice of Frederick County recognized the need to create a support group specifically for young widows and widowers, aged 18-50, because the dynamics of their grieving are different from those who have lost older spouses.
The untimely death of a young spouse or life-partner often results in the surviving spouse trying to reconcile the expectation of a lifetime commitment of companionship with the premature absence of their mate.
Other challenges, according to Denise Watterson, a bereavement coordinator at Hospice of Frederick County, can include dealing with children still at home, becoming the breadwinner and feeling cheated.
“They were planning to raise their kids together, grow old together, retire together, and now that’s gone” says Watterson.
Participants who lost spouses several years ago shared how important this support group was for them in a 2009 Frederick News Post article.
This support group will explore and share these issues as well as understand the feelings and responses associated with grief in general. Bereavement coordinators will help provide understanding and validation of these feelings so participants can discover tools to help them begin to recover joy for life, reclaim a new identity, and rebuild their future.
The group will meet for eight consecutive Wednesdays, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., September 7 through October 26. This free program is held at the Hospice of Frederick County office located at 516 Trail Avenue, Suite C.
Registration is required no later than Wednesday, August 31, 2011 by calling a Bereavement Service Coordinator at 240-566-3030 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.