By Mac Cerullo
---- — AMESBURY – Losing a loved one is hard, but it’s an inevitable reality that everyone deals with differently, and this month the Senior Center will offer two programs that approach the subject from very different angles.
Starting on Sept. 17, the Senior Center will begin hosting a bereavement group for local seniors who have recently lost a spouse, a child or another close family member. Then on Sept. 26, the Senior Center will also welcome a nationally known psychic medium for a fundraising event to benefit the Friends of the Amesbury Council on Aging.
The bereavement group will meet at the Senior Center from 9 to 10 a.m. every Tuesday from Sept. 17 through Oct. 15. The six-session program is designed to help seniors as they move forward through the grieving process, and Council on Aging director Annmary Connor said the program is open to seniors from both Amesbury and the surrounding communities
The sessions will help participants understand grief, recognize the myths associated with grief and learn more about the grieving process. They will also give residents a chance to meet others who are grieving in a safe environment that fosters healing.
Connor said the timing of the program before the holiday season is critical, since that’s often a difficult time for people after the loss of a loved one, and she recommended that participants join within the first two weeks and stay for the duration to get the most out of it.
“When you start hitting those holidays for the first time it’s really a painful experience,” Connor said. “Hopefully this group can help them as they move forward in their lives coping with the grief.”
For those who believe in mediums, Diana Harris’ “Evening of Messages from Heaven” may offer some measure of peace.
Harris, who is a nationally known medium and spiritual counselor, will be in Amesbury on Sept. 26 for a fundraising event, hosted by the Council on Aging, that will be similar in concept to John Edward’s “Crossing Over.” During the program, Harris answers questions about the “other side” and then says communicates with those on the other side.
Connor said the event is open to people of all ages, and she encouraged residents to check it out, even if they’re skeptical about the show’s concept.
“Some people may come because they find it entertaining,” Connor said. “Others might come because they believe in it and want to hear if their loved ones have something to say to them.”
The event will run from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. at the Senior Center, and tickets can be purchased in advance for $30, or for $35 at the door. All money raised for the event will go to the Friends of the Council on Aging, and if anyone has additional questions about the fundraising event or the bereavement group, they can reach Connor at 978-388-8138.