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Are you tired of the hurt?  Ready to get help?

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.

Support group status as of February 19, 2019 - Group 1 has now had our fifth session and is scheduled to conclude March 11 depending on potential weather postponements.  Group meetings are closed after session 1.

It is anticipated that the next community information meeting will be held  March 25, 2019, with session 1 beginning April 1.  Please check back with this page or local media outlets for updates on this meeting schedule.

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

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