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Bereavement Support

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Augusta Area

  • Telephone Support Program: Offers support from a trained volunteer beginning the month following the death and continuing at intervals requested by the grieving person. Call (207) 626-1780.

  • Self-Help Correspondence Program: A series of letters, readings and exercises to help the bereaved through the grieving process. Please call (207) 626-1780.

  • One-on-One: Trained staff and bereavement volunteers provide one-on-one help or school/work programs.

    This program is sponsored by HealthReach Hospice and Volunteers of Kennebec Valley. For more informatin, please call (207) 626-1780.

Waterville Area

All Waterville-area bereavement groups meet at Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, 304 Main Street, Waterville. Registration is recommended.

For more information, please call (207) 873-3615 and ask for the bereavement coordinator or visit our website http://www.hvwa.org.

  • Survivors of Suicide Support Group: For adults who have lost a significant person to suicide, this group is offered as needed.

  • Parental Loss Group: For adults who have lost a parent/s, this group meets as needed for eight weeks. It includes an educational component and discussion specific to the type of loss.

  • Grieving Parent Group: For those whose child of any age has died, we offer an eight-week series of support sessions.
  • Widow and Widower's Group: This group is for men and women experiencing loss of their spouse or partner.

    This group meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 10 a.m to noon.

  • Teen Grief Support Group: This group is for teens 13 to 18 and is available following the death of a family member or loved one. Group sessions lasting for several weeks are held twice yearly.
  • Camp Ray of Hope: Camp Ray of Hope is an annual weekend retreat for families held the third weekend of September at Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop. It is open to any family in Maine.

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    hildren and adults participate in peer groups doing activities and also spend quality time with their family members. The weekend closes with a meaningful remembrance ceremony.

    The cost is $60 per person and scholarships are available.

  • Anticipatory Grief Support: This support is available to young people who have a family member in the end stages of life.

    The service is tailored to each family and may be offered individually or in group settings.

  • Men's Grief Group: This group meets the third Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m., and is led by men who have experienced the death of a child, spouse or parent.

  • Women's Grief Group: Offered the third Monday of the month, 6 to 8 p.m., this support group is for women who have experienced loss to to death

  • Infant, Stillborn & Pregnancy Loss Group: This is a support to parents who have experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth or death of an infant. Please call (207) 873-3615 for more information.