LAWRENCE, MA — It can be challenging for parents and caregivers of children who are grieving the loss of a family member, friend or other significant person to know what to say or do to help them cope and ultimately heal.

Recognizing that a sense of community, shared experiences, and connection are especially important, Merrimack Valley Hospice has expanded its offerings of free grief support groups to include a session for children.

Since in-person meetings are not possible during the COVID-19 crisis, the online sessions are offered via Zoom video conference. Groups are offered biweekly, with sessions led by a facilitator from Merrimack Valley Hospice’s licensed, credentialed bereavement staff.

The new children’s grief support group meets every other Monday, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., from March 29 through June 7. The following ongoing groups

Ongoing groups addressing general loss take place biweekly on Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m., and Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Ongoing sessions for those grieving the loss of a spouse or partner are held every other Tuesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m., and every other Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Drop-in, ongoing meetings facilitated by and for those in the LGBTQ+ community who have experienced a loss take place every other Tuesday from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

All groups are free of charge and open to the public. To register, call 978-552-4510. To learn more, visit



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