Support for parents who have lost a child

Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer an eight-week bereavement support group to help parents cope with loss following the death of a child.  The support group will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6 until 7:30, beginning Oct. 1 and continue through Nov. 19.

“Bereaved parents often experience more anger, depression, guilt and physical symptoms than those grieving other kinds of losses,” said Laurie Petrasanta, a counselor with the nursing agency. “Parents frequently feel isolated in their grief and it is important for them to talk with other people who understand their loss. 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 offices in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center, 761 Main Avenue (Route 7) on the Norwalk/Wilton town line.

This support group is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. Call 203-834-6341, ext. 255.