CAREGIVER SUPPORT & RESOURCES
Grief comes in all forms, and for many people a support group helps guide and support them through the lost of a loved one. While caregiving can be a rewarding expression of love, it also comes with physical, emotional and financial demands. We offer an array of caregiver support programs and tools, including Elder Care Managers, Caregiver Support Groups in New Milford and Kent, Lifeline Medical Alert Systems and Private Care Services through VNA Home.
“Our meeting started with roundtable introductions. When it was Sarah’s turn, she whispered her name so quietly that I had to lean forward to hear it as she repeated it. Almost with a hint of embarrassment, she murmured, ‘My name is Sarah.’ And then she said, “Sorry, but I find myself speaking in whispers lately. I think that the stress of taking care of my father has taken away my ability to speak.”
In silence, we looked at one another, acknowledging that each of us had experienced this at some point in our caregiving experience. Her honest statement transformed us from strangers sitting in a room to a melting pot of caregivers confiding in one another under challenging circumstances.” – Catherine Vlasto, LCSW NMVNA & Hospice describes a Caregiver Support Group meeting
For many people, a support group can be a break from the loneliness and the boredom that often come with grief. Our groups meet during the day and evening, and are led by certified grief counselors. Our daytime group, Living Without a Partner, meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 10-11:30 at the Richmond Center in New Milford. The evening group, Remembrances, meets the first and third Thursday from 6:30-8:00 at the New Milford VNA & Hospice office. All our support groups are listed on our website calendar.
Additionally, we host a bereavement camp for children. Camp Jonathan is a unique day camp for children and teens ages 6-18 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Held during the summer, it is a one-week camp offered at no charge to participants due to the generosity of our donors. For more information about the camp, please contact Sarah Mott at firstname.lastname@example.org.