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Free grief support group sessions offered at Winneshiek Medical Center

Posted: Mon, Apr 2, 2018 9:25 AM

Losing a loved one brings on a series of complex emotions. Confronting the pain and other aspects of grief with the support of others can be an effective way to deal with loss.

Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice is offering a free six-week grief support group offered on Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. beginning April 4th.  The sessions will be held in the Home Health and Hospice meeting room at WMC (enter through the east entrance, door E1). The sessions are open to the publicRegistration is required to participate in the grief support group.  Call 563-387-3024 between 8 am and 4 or visit There is no charge for the program.

"When people experience grief, they often feel a lot of support from friends and family at first, but as others go on with their lives, that support can seem harder to find," said Melissa Whelan, LBSW, Winneshiek Medical Center Social Worker and coordinator of the grief support program.  "One purpose of the Grief Support Group is to help provide ongoing support from others who truly understand how difficult grief can be, as well as education on navigating through the difficult grief process."