Various support groups exist for residents and their families. These include grief support, caregivers support, Parkinson's Disease support, and dementia symptom support. These offer opportunities to share deep feelings and advice on what has worked and what hasn't within a confidential, safe environment. Contact the Social Worker for Residential Living, ext. 7225. or contact Theresa Brion, Chaplain, at ext. 7224.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Caregiving brings unique challenges and joys to both caregiver and care recipient. Our Caregiver’s Support Group meets weekly to provide a listening ear and to offer shared solutions to the stress and challenges of ongoing caregiver responsibilities. We meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. starting on March 8, 2022, in the Formal Parlor The group is confidential and we would welcome your participation. If you would like to join us or learn more, Contact Kendall Barrett, Residential Social Work Intern at firstname.lastname@example.org or at ext. 7225
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Goodwin House Hospice holds a support group for those who have experienced a loss related to death. This is open to GHBC residents and others within the community. The group will discuss common grief reactions, offer paths to healing, and provide the opportunity to share similar struggles and challenges in a safe and confidential environment.
It meets the third Thursday each month from 1:00 -2:30 p.m. in the Smith Study at GHBC. Please contact Sarah Mogzec, LCSW, 571-302-6213, if you would like to participate. Registration is required, as the number of participants is limited.
WEEKLY AA GROUP
There is a weekly AA meeting.
The founding members of the GHBC AA Group have presented a copy of the latest edition of the AA “Big Book,” Alcoholics Anonymous, to the GHBC Library. It can be found in the GHBC Library in the Nonfiction section at 362.29.
Contact Chaplain Theresa Brion at ext. 7224 or email@example.com
WOMEN IN TRANSITION
Life is full of transitions, good, unpleasant, and a mixture of both. Quite simply, “transition” is anything that requires you to “let go” of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability or uncertainty. Even a marriage of a family member or the birth of a new grandchild is a transition, for each changes the dynamics of something familiar. Are you a female resident who might benefit from a time of sharing, listening, and supporting one another? Chaplain Theresa Brion is the staff facilitator for the group. For more information, please contact Chaplain Theresa Brion at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 7224
SUPPORT IN THIS TIME OF MANY LOSSES
The news about the fires in the Northwest USA, the repeated floods throughout the US and beyond, the Haiti earthquake, and the Afghanistan situation has us saddened but it also touches too close to home for many residents and staff at GHBC. Quite a number of us have lost loved ones or have loved ones and friends who have lost their livelihoods and homes. In addition to the other social work, Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), and similar assistance, do not forget that GHBC has a full-time Chaplaincy Services department that also can offer any member of the GHBC community needed support. Some of you, in fact, have already done so. With the arrival of our CPE intern, Melissa Rasnake, the available support is even greater. We in Chaplaincy are here for you!
Also, just a reminder: With the wealth of organizations claiming to offer support to those impacted by these “disasters,” do make sure that the organization is reputable and actually uses your donations for their intended purpose most efficiently. Further, if an organization’s request for information or its explanations raises suspicions, consult with the appropriate staff before acting. If something sounds too good to be true, it generally is!