Miriam*, a 24-year-old graduate student, tragically experienced the sudden death of her brother this past year. This traumatic event changed her life in an instant. After the funeral, Miriam began to feel increasingly alone. She tried to talk with her friends about her feelings of grief, but all of her friends were within her own age group and they had no experience with such a significant loss. Not only were her friends not able to relate to what she was going through, she began to feel that they were getting tired of hearing her talk about her brother. However, Miriam knew that her feelings of grief and her need to talk about her beloved brother were a normal reaction to his death, and she felt she needed some support to get her through the difficult and challenging days that lay ahead.
Miriam Googled the words ‘Bereavement Group Greater Boston’ and was relieved when the JF&CS Jewish Healing Connections Bereavement Group link appeared. She called Barbara Sternfield, the group facilitator, and attended our ongoing bi-weekly daytime drop-in bereavement group for more than four months.
*Name changed to protect privacy.