Gay men’s support group for partner loss forms at Alive Hospice

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The Grief Center at Alive Hospice will offer an eight-week Gay Men’s Support Group for Loss of Partner on Mondays beginning Feb. 19.

The group will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Grief Center at Alive Hospice, 1900 Church St. (Suite 201), or The Residence at Alive Hospice, 1710 Patterson St., depending on the size of the group.

Grief Counselor John Baker facilitated Alive Hospice’s first Gay Men’s Support Group for Loss of Partner last year after seeing a need among individual clients. He hopes it will become a regular offering.

“I was seeing so many gay males who had lost their partners,” Baker said. “It became apparent to me that we needed to offer a support group to the gay male population so that they, like others, could have an opportunity to come together and deal with the loss of a partner just like the rest of the population.”

The support group offers participants a safe place to share their feelings and experiences openly and comfortably.

Baker will combine educational and experiential elements. In addition to talking about the grieving process, he will facilitate discussions on a variety of topics including loneliness, identity, family relationships and dramatic changes, such as living alone and adjusting to life with one income.

Baker has found that group interaction can be a bonding and validating experience. His goal is for participants to regain a sense of normalcy, learn to integrate grief into their lives and realize that they can find hope and joy again.

Call Baker at 615-963-4674 for more information or to register. The Grief Center at Alive Hospice requests a $25 fee that is due at the first group session; the fee is negotiable based on need.