HFM offers new resource for grief.

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Holy Family Memorial Hospice and Mission & Pastoral Care Department will be offering Stepping Stones: Your Grief, Your Journey, a monthly facilitated grief group providing support for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

The group is open to the general public and designed for adults ages 18 and older. The drop-in sessions are offered on the third Monday of each month, starting April 15, at HFM Harbor Town Campus, Cooperstown Room, 1650 S. 41st Street, Manitowoc, from 4:30-6 p.m.

“Every individual experiences grief differently and the type of support each person needs is uniquely their own,” says HFM Chaplain Jayne Helgevold. “Stepping Stones is a safe environment where individuals can find compassion, encouragement and support throughout their healing journey.”

Each session will be facilitated by an HFM chaplain or social worker. Throughout the year, the group will explore a variety of topics, including emotions and the grieving process, how to navigate social gatherings, forgiveness and gratitude.

Nicole Reno, HFM Hospice Lead Specialist, says topics were based on conversations they had with widows and others whose loved ones passed away.

“We hope the Manitowoc community can benefit from the wisdom of those who have learned before them,” says Reno. “Participants can come to any of the sessions that interests them and attend as much, or as little, as they feel comfortable and need.

Topics to be covered throughout the year include:

  • April 15: Introduction
  • May 20: Personal safety
  • June 17: Emotions and the grieving process
  • July 15: Adjusting to new roles
  • August 19: Maybe things weren’t always so great
  • September 16: Forgiveness
  • October 21: Hope for the holidays
  • November 18: Gratitude
  • December 16: Silent Night: A time for reflection


Participants will also be given a day pass for the HFM Wellness Center each time they attend a session. “We want people to focus on healing the whole body, mind and spirit. Exercise is another form of therapy that individuals can use to deal with their loss,” explained Sister Kay Klackner, director of HFM Mission and Pastoral Care Department.

Registration is not required to attend a session. For more information about Stepping Stones: Your Grief, Your Journey, visit hfmhealth.org/steppingstones or call HFM Hospice at (920) 320-4235.