Our Heart Mender Grief Support Team offers services to the families that we have served as well as the larger community.
Heart Mender grief counselors help by:
- Accepting your grief for what it is, a normal response to your loss
- Listening to you, even if you want to talk about the same things over and over
- Learning about your loved one
- Helping you to let go of the pain without letting go of the person
- Providing specific information about grief and loss
- Offering suggestions on how to deal with grief that have helped other people
Click on one of the links below to learn more about support groups and special events, or visit our online calendar for a list of upcoming events and dates.
Heart Mender Adult Support Groups
Learn about healthy grieving, ways to cope, and share memories of your loved one in a supportive environment. All groups:
- Are FREE to the public
- Require registration, unless noted otherwise
To register, or for more information, contact Jennifer Sorrells, LCSW, at 770-219-8888 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grief 101 - A one-time education session for those who have experienced a recent loss or for friends and family members of grieving persons. Grief 101 provides information on what is "normal" and ways to help yourself (or your loved ones) cope. Offered monthly.
General Support Groups – Open to anyone who has experienced a close, personal loss of a friend or loved one. Groups meet weekly for six weeks and are facilitated by a licensed social worker. New groups form each month. Call for dates and times.
Loss of a Child – Grieving parents provide special support to each other in this ongoing bi-monthly group. Registration not required, but call for information. (For miscarriage, stillbirth, perinatal or neonatal loss support groups, visit www.RockGoodbyeAngel.org)
Special Topic Groups –Heart Mender periodically offers special groups that approach grief and mourning in non-traditional ways – from walking to journaling to scrap-booking. Call for information.
Lunch Bunch - An informal support/social group for grieving persons. The Lunch Bunch meets monthly at local restaurants in Braselton, Gainesville and Toccoa. Contact Laura Haisten, LMSW, at 770-219-8888 for more information on meeting time and location.
Heart Mender Special Programs and Events
Remembrance Service – Each spring, family and friends join our hospice team to honor and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.
Hope Through the Holidays – A community event for all people who have experienced loss. This seminar provides an opportunity to learn, discuss and share coping skills for navigating the difficult holiday season.
Annual "Living with Grief" Seminar for Professionals –Heart Mender is also dedicated to educating other professionals about grief and loss. This annual teleconference and panel discussion is open to counselors, clergy, doctors, nurses, volunteers and anyone else who works with grieving families or end-of-life care. Continuing education credits available.