It's tough to grieve the loss of a family member or friend but it's even it's even tougher on people during the winter months in Maine.
When you combine it, winter, with the long hours of darkness and the holidays, really can be a challenge for those who have lost a loved one.
"Those who grieve are encouraged to do things such as create memory or scrapbooks, plant a tree, volunteer, become an advocate, exercise, or just simply accept invitations from friends or relatives to go out and do things," said Janice Ronco, bereavement services coordinator for Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County.
Because grief is not a one-size-fits-all emotion, Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County offers sessions for three different groups and one workshop to help -- all starting next week.
"We have a group for widows, widowers and partners, a group for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, and what we call a general group for someone who's lost any other type of relationship. We also have an aging and loss workshop. They are all free of charge," Ronco said.
The weekly meetings are open to the public but preregistration is requested. For more information about the group sessions or the workshop or to preregister, call 667-2531 or check out hospiceofhancock.org.