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.
Our anticipated start date for Group 3 is June 24 with the community meeting at 6 p.m. in the classroom suite at Fitzgibbon Hospital.
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...."