Grieving is a personal experience that occurs when you lose someone that is close to you. Depending on who you are and the nature of your loss, your process of grieving will be different from another person's experience. If you are experiencing grief, help is available. Please contact your Care Services Manager for more information and resources.
In coping with a loss, support from others that have experienced the same can be healing. ALS United CT offers 8-week long bereavement groups throughout the year for those who have lost a loved one to ALS. New in 2024, we are offering a Grief Connections Group that will meet every other month.
The main goal of a bereavement group is to break the isolation grief can impose on all of us. Participants have a chance to meet other people who are experiencing a significant loss and to share what works and does not work. A bereavement group does not take the place of professional counseling (individual or group). If you feel as if you are dealing with some complicated issues in your grief you might consider seeing a grief counselor, as well as participating in a bereavement group. There is no fee, and an educational component is interwoven into each session.
Any adult who has lost someone to ALS is invited to participate including: spouse/partner, child, sibling, friend, and/or other relative.
Other resources are available from our office, including brochures, websites and referrals. The Hope Loves Company organization provides support groups for children and young adults who have experienced the loss of a parent to ALS. Contact your Care Services Manager for more information.
Many organizations around the state of Connecticut, including hospitals, hospice agencies and faith-based organizations offer general grief support groups.