Teen grief support group to begin

Losing a loved one can be especially hard for a young person, and their ability to cope and deal with grief can differ from adults. Because of this, UnityPoint Hospice is offering “2 Good 2 B 4 gotten”, a grief support group for teens that is free and open to the public. The sessions will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home.

“While teens struggle with their feelings following the death of a loved one, they tend to process grief much differently than adults, and may benefit from a support group that addresses their unique needs,” said Nicole Hoag, bereavement coordinator at UnityPoint Hospice. “Our program encourages them to talk about their loss in an environment where they are surrounded by their peers who are going through a similar experience, and can begin to make sense of their emotions.”

While the session is free and open to the public, it is limited to 12 people to encourage small group discussion and the opportunity to deal constructively with feelings and practical problems resulting from loss. Preregistration is required, participants must be between the ages of 13 to 17 years old, and a parent or guardian must sign a consent form prior to the first session. To receive the maximum benefit from this group, participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all four sessions.

“2 Good 2 B 4 gotten” will take place on Thursdays at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home, 2630 Ninth Ave. S.

Registration is required by contacting Hoag at 574-6639 or via email at nicole.hoag@unitypoint.org by July 1. UnityPoint Hospice provides physical, emotional and spiritual care for end-of-life patients and their families in their place of residence, including their homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals or the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. For more information about UnityPoint Hospice, call 574-6416.