Grieving the loss of a child

The death of a child is the most dreadful experience a parent can face. Grieving parents may question whether life will ever hold meaning for them again.

Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer a free, eight-week bereavement support group help parents cope with the loss of a child. It will meet Thursday afternoons from 2:30 until 4, beginning Jan. 14, and continue through March 3.

“Parents frequently feel traumatized and isolated in their grief and it is essential for them to talk with other people who understand the devastating nature of their loss and can empathize,” said Laurie Petrasanta, a counselor with the agency. “This support group will offer bereaved parents a safe place to talk about their child and their loss as well as their fears, anxieties and other feelings.”

The group will meet at the agency’s office in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center, 761 Main Avenue (Route 7) on the Norwalk/Wilton town line.

The group is open to the public but pre-registration is required. Call 203-834-6341, ext. 316.