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There Is No Expiration Date on Grief

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice is offering free, seven-week Grief Education and Support Groups in Albany and Lebanon from Sept. 17 to Oct. 29.

Grief Education and Support Groups provide participants the chance to meet with a small group of people who are also learning how to cope after the death of someone they love. The loss does not have to be recent, and the loved one does not have to have died on hospice. Groups can provide support and suggestions for coping with the challenges many people face while grieving.

Day or evening sessions are available on Thursdays at the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany. The daytime group will meet Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m., and the evening group will meet Thursdays from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.

There is no charge but registration and a brief phone interview with the facilitator are required. Participants are asked to commit to attending all of the sessions. For more information or to register, contact Virginia Tyler, LPC, at 541-812-4680.

Each session includes information on a particular aspect of grief and suggestions for coping with some of the changes many people experience after a death of a loved one. The groups also provide an opportunity to talk about experiences in a confidential, supportive setting, and to hear from other people about how they are adjusting.