Have you suffered a loss of a loved one, marriage, job or other significant emotional event that is weighing on you? Would you like to learn tools that will help you overcome this weight and move to a new understanding of your grief? Our Grief Recovery Program is free to members of the community thanks to memorial contributions to Fitzgibbon Mary Montgomery Hospice.
Each support group lasts 8-weeks with new groups forming regularly. For more information, you may call chaplain Richard DeFord at (660)831-3235.
Fitzgibbon Hospital Grief Support Group - Great news! The group we had to cancel, after our first session, begins meeting again on June 1, 2020! We are excited to begin again and hope to be able to offer another class beginning in August. The June group is closed at this time.
Katy Park Baptist Church Grief Support Group - We are currently shut down for COVID-19. As soon as we are open, we will post the next class start date here.
This program is led by Rev. Richard E. DeFord, a board-certified chaplain and certified Grief Recovery Specialist."
"I have experienced many losses in my life. From losing both of my parents, both of my in-laws, other relatives, pets, career changes and my three best friends to three separate accidents in the span of one month period of time. As a hospice chaplain, I saw grief in the families I served and wanted desperately to provide a resource for them. Our community-minded, independent, not-for-profit hospital heard my proposal to bring this program to our community and I am so glad they did. I look forward to the chance to help you heal your heart after experiencing loss. My pain is not your pain and I can never fully know your experience or your emotion. Just know that this program is a wonderful opportunity for you to heal." - Richard DeFord
Feedback: Here is what some of our attendees are saying
"It wasn't until taking your Grief Seminar that it finally dawned on me that this illness was a direct result of my body reacting to our son being incarcerated, and all the shame and humiliation that comes with it. Now that I know what can happen, I feel armed and better prepared to deal with other stressful events in the future."
"I opened the suitcase that I had not touched since my mom died....I about lost it. Then, I remembered my grief completion letter...how all those memories and painful thoughts had been addressed already, and I've ended that grief, never to return back to those same reminders. It worked! I put it where it belonged, the replacement memories of that time came to the front, and I am okay! Am looking forward to my trip...so the grief process DOES work. I don't feel ashamed or negligent or any less loving just because I am not dwelling on it. I've processed it, addressed it, put it in the correct spot in my life. Now I can go forward! Many thanks again, Richard...."