Grief Support Groups
Our Grief Support Groups are held several times a month at our Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St, East Longmeadow. All of our groups are free of charge, open to the community, and registration is not needed. Please see the times for our Summer sessions below. If you need more information, feel free to download our Full Circle Newsletter (above) or call our office at (413) 525-2800. You can also call our office to set up a one-on-one grief counseling appointment with Joanne.
Coping Addiction Loss
For those who have lost a loved one due to substance abuse. Held the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Wednesday, October 5th
Wednesday, November 2nd
Wednesday, December 7th
Survivors of Suicide
For those whose life has been touched by suicide. This group is facilitated by members from the American Foundation for Suicide and Prevention/ AFSP Western Massachusetts Chapter. Held the third Monday of every month from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Monday, October 17th
Monday, November 21st
Monday, December 19th
Family & Friends Support
For those who have lost a child, parent, siblings, dear relative, or friend. Held every third Wednesday of the month from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM.
Wednesday, October 19th
Wednesday, December 21st
For anyone who has lost a spouse. Held every third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.
Wednesday, October 19th
*Please note, there will be no Family & Friends and Widowed Support During the Month of November 2022*
Full Circle Quarterly Newsletter
Our Grief Specialist, Joanne Sullivan, is the author of our newsletter that is available on our website as well as through email. The newsletter is a resource that contains articles, tips, and inspirations which many families find helpful and comfort. Our grief support group calendar which highlights the types of support groups, the dates, time and place held is also found in the newsletter. Should you like to receive our newsletter quarterly, please email us at email@example.com
Throughout the year, we invite the families that was our honor to serve to our funeral home for remembrance ceremonies. We gather and continue to honor and remember their loved one together. We do this in the form of our annual Remembrance Butterfly Release Ceremony, Handling the Holidays programs, Candle Lighting Ceremonies and our Spring Remembrance ceremonies. It is our belief that grief shared with others, over time, is lessened and creates a journey of healing moments.