By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Seeing an immediate need in the community for a resource that people could turn to for general support through COVID-19, Palisades-based nonprofit griefHaven is now offering free online support groups for Palisadians.
“During the stress of sheltering in place, many Palisadians are suffering from the loss of their normal lives, isolation and fear,” Founder/CEO Susan Whitmore shared in an email to the Palisadian-Post on Monday morning. “Sharing with others and connecting in communities with an experienced leader has proven to be very helpful to those feeling anxious or alone.”
The nonprofit, which was founded by Whitmore in 2003 after she lost her daughter to a rare form of cancer, primarily focuses on providing grief support for anyone who has lost a loved one. Over the course of the past few weeks, griefHaven has been conducting its grief groups online, with participants finding them “very meaningful and helpful.”
“Last Saturday, our team of therapists and counselors had a Zoom meeting, and we decided that there were so many people feeling isolated right now and in need of people with whom they can talk about what they are going through that we are going to offer free Zoom support group meetings over the next few weeks to Palisadians,” Whitmore explained.
The meetings will address a broader need for general support through free Zoom groups, facilitated by a griefHaven therapist or counselor. Participants are encouraged to share feelings and concerns, and they can expect to learn techniques to navigate the continuing difficulties of this stressful time.
Beginning April 6, online groups will take place on Mondays at 1 p.m., as well as Tuesdays at 4 and 7 p.m. Whitmore added that once the team gets it down to an art, they will expand to other areas.
To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email, date and time of the meeting you would like to attend. Any questions can be directed to email@example.com or 310-459-1789.
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