Support Group Schedule

A support group can be a very helpful experience for
grievers. While most people are a little nervous when they
attend a new group, they soon discover people who speak
the same language of  loss and therefore find others who
understand the experience of grief.

All support groups will be held via ZOOM. This decision was made for the safety of Lifebanc staff and visitors, given the concerns remaining around COVID-19. This will impact support groups in the following ways:

  1. If at least a year has passed since your loss, please call or email Elissa Berman, the Senior Bereavement Services Counselor, and we will determine if a ZOOM support group is appropriate. If your needs would be better met through an in-person group, Elissa will make recommendations based on your location. Individual counseling with Elissa via ZOOM is offered regardless of where you are in your grief.
  2. If you are in the first year of your grief, we do not recommend that you join the ZOOM support groups being offered. An in-person support group best suits the unique clinical needs of the newly bereaved. Alternatively, individual counseling via ZOOM can be extremely beneficial. Please call or email Elissa Berman, the Senior Bereavement Services Counselor, to obtain information about individual counseling and/or local, in-person support groups.

If you have additional questions, please email  bereavement@lifebanc.org or call 216.820.4940. 

2021 SUPPORT GROUP SCHEDULE

To register, email bereavement@lifebanc.org

Spousal Loss Support Group
Location: ZOOM Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dates: January 12, 19, and 26; February 2, 9, 16, and 23; March 2, 9, and 16
Registration Deadline: January 5, 2021

General Loss Support Group (Day Time) Location: ZOOM Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Dates: January 13, 20, and 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 3, 10, and 17
Registration Deadline: January 6, 2021


Child Loss Group (for parents who lost a child of any age)
Location:
ZOOM Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dates: March 23 and 30; April 6, 13, 20, and 27; and May 4, 11, 18, and 25
Registration Deadline: March 16, 2021

General Loss Group
Location: ZOOM Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dates: June 15, 22, and 29; July 6, 13, 20, and 27; and August 3, 10, and 17
Registration Deadline: June 8, 2021

Writing as a Means of Healing
Location: ZOOM Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dates: August 24 and 31; September 14, 21, and 28; and October 5, 12, 19, and 26 (9 sessions, not 10)
Registration Deadline:
August 17, 2021

One-Time Grief Seminars via ZOOM*
*Note: You may attend these one-time grief seminars regardless of where you are in your grief journey.

Grief 101: A Life-Preserver in a Sea of Sadness
Location: ZOOM Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dates: April 26, 2021 (a Monday evening)
Registration Deadline: April 23, 2021

Overdose and Suicide Loss: For Families & Friends Who Need Support
Location: ZOOM Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Dates: July 26, 2021 (a Monday evening)
Registration Deadline: July 23, 2021

Grieving Through the Holidays
Location: ZOOM Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Date: November 8, 2021 (a Monday evening)
Registration Deadline: November 5, 2021