Portage County grief center announces new support group sessions

Kelly’s Grief Center in Kent is offering support groups for people who have lost a loved one to accidental overdose, perinatal mortality, suicide and homicide.

Groups will start meeting the week of April 18 and continue for 10 weeks. A spouse/general loss group will start the week of April 17 and continue for eight weeks. If there is enough need, they will consider adding a perinatal loss group.

Depending on enrollment, Kelly’s Grief Center will also offer a children and teen support group from April to May 2023. All groups are designed to help those who have lost a loved one and are led by professional licensed counselors.

All groups will be held in person at Kelly’s Grief Center at 2275 State Route 59 unless otherwise stated.

Each group focuses on specific topics meant to help participants through their grief journey as they work through the healing process. Support groups are open to everyone regardless of ethnic, cultural and faith backgrounds.

  • Accidental Overdose, Suicide and Murder Loss groups will be held Tuesdays for 10 weeks beginning April 18.
  • Spouse/General Loss (8 weeks) and/or Perinatal Loss (10 weeks) groups will be held Mondays beginning April 17.
  • Teens Grief Support Group, an eight-week support group designed for teens ages 13-17, utilizes education, expressive arts and peer support to help teens process their grief, learn coping skills and find healing. The group will be held for 10 weeks starting this spring.

Each group must have at least five participants to proceed, and space is limited to 10 people. To register for a group, visit www.kellysgriefcenter.org and select the group registration button, or call 330-593-5959. Group sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Light snacks and refreshments are provided with each session.

Contact Kelly’s Grief Center for information about the cost of support groups. No one will be turned away due to finances. Individual counseling is also available.

Kelly’s Grief Center follows all CDC guidelines pertaining to Covid-19, including transition to virtual/telehealth if it becomes necessary.

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Wendy DiAlesandro is a former Record Publishing Co. reporter and contributing writer for The Portager.