In light of the recent domestic violence tragedies that have occurred in central Maine, it is important that the family and friends of the victims know that they can express their grief in a supportive and safe environment.

Those closest to the victim may suffer from feelings of guilt, anxiety, nightmares and poor concentration. Family members and friends don’t have to face their loss alone. Grief support is available at Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area.

Grief support offers both children and adults the opportunity to process thoughts and feelings associated with grief and loss. If grief issues are not addressed it can lead to interpersonal, physical, emotional and spiritual problems later in life.

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult things that a person has to deal with; the loss can be compounded when the death is by domestic violence. In peer support groups, members provide support in a safe environment where people can process their losses and find strength in each other’s shared experiences. They can start to put their life back together.

Hospice also is available to facilitate grief in the workplace programs for businesses that have been touched by loss.

Let’s work together to ensure that the families and friends of the victims who are left behind are offered the support that they need to rebuild their lives.

Susan Roy, executive director

Hospice Volunteers of the Waterville Area

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