FRANKLIN — The Franklin Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice will host a grief support group on six consecutive Wednesday evenings, from May 23 to June 27. The purpose of this group is to offer grieving individuals a caring environment in which to discuss their loss and grief among people who can empathize with their emotions. The session will be facilitated by Hospice Chaplain Rev. Tobias Nyatsambo and hospice volunteer Beatrice Gove.

"Grief is the greatest pain in life," Rev. Nyatsambo said. "You cannot get over it, get under it, or get around it. The only way out of it is to go through it. When we experience the death of someone close to us, it is natural and very normal to grieve our loss. Grief lasts longer than most people expect and people who are grieving may need more support than family and friends can provide. It is the goal of the Franklin VNA’s grief support program to help those who are experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one to understand their feelings and to work through them in a safe and supportive environment. One of the most important factors in healing from loss is the support of other people. Even people who are usually reticent about their emotions need to share them when grieving.”

A grief support group, Nyatsambo said, "can help the bereaved share their grief and loss, which makes the burden easier to carry. People who are grieving the loss of a loved one can feel very alone and isolated. Sharing their sorrow with others who have experienced a similar loss can help. A grief support group provides a safe place for people to face their feelings and express them, knowing that the other people in the group will listen and understand because they, too, are struggling with the same emotions."

The sessions will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the VNA office at 75 Chestnut St. in Franklin. Pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information, call April at 603-934-3454.

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