Support groups will meet for widows and widowers

Support groups will meet for widows and widowers

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades begins a seven-session bereavement group with therapist Judy Brauner, LCSW. The group, “Widows and Widowers: You Are Not Alone,” is for people who have been widowed recently. The meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. and the series will run from November 4 to December 16.

The group meets in a comfortable environment, and participants are encouraged to talk about changes in their family life, their social relationships, and their sense of self.

“People who have experienced a life-altering loss benefit greatly from sharing their grief and having their pain acknowledged by others who have been through a similar experience,” Ms. Brauner said. “A good support group provides a forum where people can share and bond, and what I often witness in facilitating these groups is that many people who attend them continue to meet and connect long after the program ends, because they share powerful commonalities and take real comfort in opening themselves to others. Life doesn’t end after a loss and when people are willing to reach out they frequently find renewed hope and joy — which is the ultimate goal.”

The JCC is at 411 E. Clinton Ave., in in Tenafly. For more information, call Esther at (201) 408-1456.

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