Grief Support Services
Provided by Affinity Visiting Nurses - Hospice Services
For Men Only: Men Journeying through Grief
Affinity Visiting Nurses invites all men who have experienced the death of a loved one, whether recently or long ago, to join others in this ongoing opportunity to receive support for their grief. Although the experience of grief is certainly not limited to men alone, there are often differences in the way men express and deal with their grief, and the feelings that accompany it. Some of the messages men have received from our culture and how they are expected to act and respond to grief and loss can become stumbling blocks to their journey and healing through grief.The evenings consist of a simple supper, grief information, resources, videos, and discussions led by specially-trained male professionals. All are welcome to attend.
Meetings are scheduled on the first Wednesday of every month, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Affinity Visiting Nurses office, 816 W. Winneconne Avenue, Neenah (In the Fox Point Strip Mall). There is no fee to attend. Pre-registration is appreciated for meal planning purposes, but not required. To register or for additional information, please call Melissa Klebs toll free at 866.236.8500.
A Time to Mourn
Grieving is a natural process that helps us live when someone we love has died. Each of us grieves in our own way. However, through our experience with grieving people, we have found that there are many feelings, thoughts and behaviors common to nearly everyone during grief. We also understand that after someone close to us has died, it is very painful and often lonely.
A Time to Mourn is a small group designed for adults who have lost a loved one and are finding it difficult to work through their grief. This 6 week group will provide an atmosphere of understanding and support in addition to providing information on the grief process. These sessions are free of charge and are co-led by professionals trained in grief support. Pre-registration is required.
2016 groups are as follows:
(Mondays) April 4 - May 9, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Affinity Visiting Nurses office
(Tuesdays) July 12 - August 16, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Royalton Christian Church
(Tuesdays) November 1 - December 6, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Affinity Visiting Nurses office
Drop-in Support Groups
The hospice team of Affinity Visiting Nurses provides grief support to anyone in the community, regardless of their involvement with hospice prior to the death of their loved one.
Affinity’s grief support groups are monthly adult gatherings for individuals who have experienced the death of a loved one. These gatherings provide a caring community for learning about grief, finding support, sharing memories, and identifying feelings.
There is a support group that meets in Oshkosh the first and third Thursdays of every month at 6 p.m. at the Oshkosh Senior Center, 200 North Campbell Road. There is no fee to attend, no pre-registration is required and all adults are welcome.
There are many special opportunities to work through and understand grief better, offered throughout the year:
Forbidden Grief - A Glimpse of Men in Grief - A free gathering for women to better understand men’s experience of grief. This seminar, co-sponsored by Affinity Visiting Nurses – Hospice, will feature a panel of men sharing their personal insights of their journey through grief. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view “Men and Grief”, a video that chronicles real stories of men dealing with significant losses and the grief that followed. Refreshments and snacks are provided. Advance registration is not required but appreciated for planning purposes. For more information on our next seminar, please contact Karen Salm at 920.831.9905 or Melissa Klebs, bereavement coordinator with Affinity Visiting Nurses – Hospice at 866.236.8500.
For more information on these and other grief support opportunities, contact Melissa Klebs, bereavement coordinator, at 866.236.8500.