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Bereavement support group helps adults cope with grief

Life After Loss, a bereavement and grief support group providing mutual support for adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one, will be held on Thursdays, 7-8 p.m., Sept. 20 through Nov. 1, at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The 6-week program is designed to help those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one work through their experience, express their feelings, and find support among others facing a similar loss. At each meeting, a facilitator will help pose thoughtful questions and guide discussion of healthy and meaningful ways to cope with grief.

The group will be facilitated by Jessica Chicken, a critical care and palliative care chaplain with St. Mary’s Health Care System. Chicken holds master’s degrees in divinity and thanatology, a field focused specifically on grief and loss. She has more than six years of experience as a hospital chaplain, including extensive work with grieving families.

Life After Loss is free but participants are asked to register. Meetings will be held in the Lobby Conference Room of St. Mary’s Hospital, 1230 Baxter St., Athens, which is easily accessible from the hospital’s Main Entrance. There will be no session on Oct. 18.

For information or to register, please call 706.389.3426. If Rev. Chicken is not at her desk, please leave a message and she will return your call as soon as possible.

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