Grief Counseling Group Meets Monthly at Center Playhouse in Freehold
As the days grow longer and spring flowers are already in full bloom many people coping with grief cannot feel the pleasure of this beautiful season. There are many kinds of losses that can create the rollercoaster emotional experience called grieving. The most commonly understood cause for grief is when someone we love dies leaving us to continue in this life without them.
GIERS – Grief Information, Education, and Recovery Services, A recently created Non-Profit organization has been founded by Executive Co-Directors Bernice Garfield-Szita, MS, LPC, TEP and Bob Szita, MS, LPC, TEP to help those who are suffering from a grief reaction due to a life-changing loss. One of GIERS’ offerings is “The Mourning After”, a bereavement group meeting on the first Friday of each month in Freehold. There is no charge and is open to any adult with recent and not-so-recent losses.
“The recent recession and cut-backs has made it more difficult for people to receive professional services for grief issues”, said Bernice Garfield-Szita. “We often hear of people who cannot find a professionally led bereavement group or individual and family counseling for their life crisis.”
Depression and anxiety are common for many people who feel overwhelmed by their emotions of grief and friends can feel helpless to comfort or give advice. “It is for this reason we formed GIERS, to help individuals and families recover and move on with their lives during the months and years after a loss, no matter what their financial status”, states Bob Szita.
“Our bereavement group meets without charge on the first Friday of each month from 11:30 – 1:00 at Center Playhouse, 35 South Street in downtown Freehold. It is designed to educate participants and to help them feel safe, supported, and to assist them in working through their personal loss in the company of others who truly understand their experiences”, adds Bernice Garfield-Szita.
For information about GIERS and The Mourning After call 732-577-1076, email info@GIERS.org, or visit www.GIERS.org.