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Our Aftercare Program

Five Generations of Service

Farmer & Sons aftercare is a not for profit program open to anyone in the community who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Grief is personal. We all grieve in our own unique way, even when we experience the death of the same person. Family and friends each express their love differently, so it is natural for them to grieve the loss of a loved one differently as well. This is why it is important to be understanding of others who mourn the loss of someone.

Grief is normal. Grief is a natural response to loss. Grief is a process we must work through. At first you may feel shock and numbness. Shock acts as a buffer, allowing you to get done what needs to be done the first few months after a loss. As reality begins to settle in, the grief can affect people emotionally, physically, behaviorally, spiritually and/or psychologically. You may find yourself angry, even enraged over what has happened. You may suffer headaches, or be unable to sleep. You may sense the presence of your loved one. Grief can manifest feelings of guilt, depression, loneliness, etc. Some of these reactions may be so intense people can think they are going crazy. This is why it is important to learn about the process of grief so that you know and understand that what you are experiencing is a normal and natural response to your loss.


Caring assistance - The services offered by the Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes do not end after the funeral. We are committed to continue to provide comfort and care to family and friends following the death of someone loved.


Library - 
We maintain a lending library of books for adults, teens and children at the High Pointe Hospice House, 360 North Ave. in Haverhill. Subjects include coping with grief, explaining death to children, dealing with issues surrounding suicide and facing special days and holidays.


Educational Programs on Grief and Loss - We live in a death denying society. Very few people are interested in knowing more about grief and loss until it happens to them. One of our goals is to educate adults and children on issues surrounding death and dying so they will be better prepared to handle the death of a friend or loved one.


 

Farmer & Sons Aftercare and Merrimack Valley Hospice are co-sponsoring the following supportive programs on grief and loss:

Whenever grieving persons take the time to understand why they feel the way they do, they usually begin to learn how to cope with their grief. It's important to normalize what people experience and to lessen feelings of loneliness and being misunderstood by friends and family members. That's why we offer supportive programs to teach basic concepts to those in need.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis all in-person groups have been suspended until social gathering restrictions are lifted.

 

 

Merrimack Valley Hospice is offering Grief Support Groups via Zoom:

(All groups run every other week)

General Loss:

Tuesday mornings......9:00 - 10:00 AM  CALL IN ONLY

Wednesday afternoons......12:00 - 1:00 PM

Thursday evenings 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Loss of Spouse/Partner:

Monday evenings......6:00 - 7:30 PM

Tuesday mornings......10:00 - 11:30 AM and Tuesday evenings......6:00 - 7:00 PM

Wednesday evenings 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Kids' Grief Support Group:

Monday evenings......5:00 - 6:00 PM

LGBTQ Grief Support:

Tuesday evenings......5:30 - 7:00 PM

 

Anyone interested in joining a group should call 978.552.4510 for more information on how to connect and participate.

 

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