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Grief Support Services

Grief is a Healthy Response to Death

Mary Washington Grief Support Services was created to offer encouragement, empathy and support. Our team recognizes that different people grieve differently and that it can be very healing to connect with other peers who have suffered similar losses.

Our Mission

Our mission is to nurture individuals and families along their grief journey as they cope with the death of a loved one and to be able to offer programs at no cost to the participant.

All our grief support groups and programs are funded by the community through private donations, fund raising events and grants. To give online, visit the MWH Foundation page and choose "Grief Support Services" from the designation drop-down.

Practicing Self-Care

The following responses (and more) to a death or tragic event are all normal:

  • Shock
  • Sadness
  • Disbelief
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Crying
  • Loss of meaning
  • Questioning faith
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Numbness
  • Heaviness in chest
  • Restlessness
  • Absent-mindedness
  • Physical aches
  • Peacefulness or relief

Grief places your body through a substantial amount of stress. Part of moving through the grieving process involves treating your body carefully so that you have strength to move forward. Making sure you’re eating healthy meals, walking and exercising, and sleeping well can give you the strength to better face your circumstances. Lightening your schedule while grieving may improve your well-being. Try temporarily reducing your work hours, taking some time off, implementing relaxation techniques, and setting aside time for yourself.

Mary Washington Healthcare Grief Support Groups, Classes and Special Events

NOTE: Groups are not meeting in person due to COVID-19. At this time, the only active support group is “Loss of a Child.”

Still, please know that you can call 540.741.1874 or e-mail griefsupport@mwhc.com to provide your contact information. We do have additional support and resources we can offer during these unprecedented times, so please reach out.

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