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After the loss of a loved one, those left behind often experience a variety of powerful feelings. These emotions can be overwhelming and isolating.


For 13 months after one of our patients passes away, our bereavement counselor provides bereavement services to their loved ones.

Drop-in Bereavement Support Group

Come to find connection and support from other bereaved individuals who understand what the grieving experience is like while learning tips and tools to navigate the grief process.

Friday February 24 - 9:30-11:00am
Friday March 24 - 9:30-11:00am
Friday April 28 - 9:30-11:00am
Friday March 26 - 9:30-11:00am

Hadley Senior Center
46 Middle St
Hadley, MA 01035

Please arrive before 9:30am as we will be starting the group at 9:30.
Attendance at each group is not required.


Additionally, Cooley Dickinson offers three Drop-In Groups

Walking Group:

Meets at Child’s Park in Northampton on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 10:30 – 11:30 am. These walks are weather-dependent. After a brief welcome, bereaved adults walk, share, and connect around their grief experience.

For more information, call 413-727-5749.

Expressive Bereavement Arts Group:

This virtual, drop-in meets monthly on the last Tuesday from 5 – 6:30 pm.This group aims to provide a safe space for each participant to work on a collage aimed at supporting their grief journey using prompts provided. Recognizing that the word “ART” can be scary for some, this group isn’t about what is made, but instead about one’s individual and unique process.

Following a short work session, time is allowed for sharing.

Supplies needed include note card-sized paper, magazines, glue, and scissors. Other items and mementos can be used as well. Adults only and free of charge.

For Zoom link and more information, call 413-727-5749.

Book Group:

A virtual, drop-in bereavement book group meets every other month on the 2nd Wednesday from 5:30-7 pm. We discuss, share highlights, and comment on a book connected to grief and loss. Books are chosen at the end of each group. Adults only and free of charge.

Previous books read include:

  • It’s OK That You’re Not OK: Meeting Grief and Loss in a Culture That Doesn’t Understand by Megan Devine

  • Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief by David Kessler

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

  • Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush

For Zoom link and more information, call 413-727-5749.

In addition to support groups, our bereavement counselor leads a variety of educational and supportive programs in the greater community, such as workshops on grief, memorial services for organizations that have lost a beloved colleague, and advice on talking to children about death.

For more information please contact:
Joshua Vélez, Bereavement Coordinator (413) 549-0115 x107

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