New Canaan's Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer a three-week bereavement support group this spring on "Loss of a Life Partner" for members of the LGBT community to help individuals cope with the death of a partner or loved one. The group will meet Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. beginning May 16 and will continue through May 30.

"Given the non-traditional nature of a same-sex relationship, the bereavement needs of the LGBT community are unique when it comes to the experience of losing a loved one," Kristin Carpenter LCSW, a grief and bereavement counselor with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, said. "This support group will address the needs of those who may feel disenfranchised in their grief. These are people who may have been kept away from their partner at the end of life. There are incidents where individuals have been banned from attending their partner's funeral or from having any contact with their partner's family, both of which can be important sources of comfort and support while grieving."

Participants in this bereavement support group will have an opportunity to share their feelings in a safe environment and will gain a deeper understanding of their unique experience of loss and begin the process of healing.

The bereavement support group will be held at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County in Suite 114 at the Health & Wellness Center at I-Park.

There is no fee for participation in the bereavement support group but pre-registration is required. For more information, or to pre-register for the bereavement support group on Loss of a Life Partner, call Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203-834-6341, ext. 255.

A nonprofit community organization for 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice care for adults and children in New Canaan and throughout Fairfield County. Visit them at www.visitingnurse.net or follow them on Facebook.

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