Our Aftercare Program

Five Generations of Service

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 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.

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.



Merrimack Valley Hospice is offering Grief Support Groups:


Loss of Spouse/Partner:

Every other Tuesday evening......4:30 - 6:00 PM (Sept. 13 - Dec. 6) at High Pointe House in Haverhill.

Tuesdays......6:00 PM - 7:15 PM (Oct. 25 - Dec. 13) via Zoom

Every other Wednesday evening.....5:30 - 7:00 PM (Sept. 7 - Dec. 14) via Zoom



Tuesday evenings every other week......5:30 - 7:00 PM (Aug. 30 - Dec. 20)


Workshop Groups:

Cooking and Eating for One

Mondays.......5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (Oct. 3, Oct. 24 and Nov. 21) via Zoom

Coping with the Holidays

Thursdays......5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 15) St. Michael's Parish in North Andover.

Wednesdays......11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Nov. 16) and 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Dec. 14) via Zoom


Loss Due to COVID-19

Thursday.......10:00 AM - 11:15 AM (Oct. 27 - Dec. 8 skip Nov. 24) via Zoom


Social Knitting Group

Wednesdays.......Weekly ongoing 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Plaistow Public Library, Plaistow, NH. 


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


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