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Friends offers bereavement support groups

Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one is encouraged to find help, hope and healing in one of the many bereavement support groups provided by Friends of Citrus Grief Services.

  • “Grief Study” is a faith-based grief study support group that meets at the Wings Grief Center in Homosassa Springs every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.
  • “Understanding Grief” support groups, based on the work of renowned grief educator Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., are for newly bereaved people and meet every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Inverness at First Christian Church of Inverness and 6 p.m. at the Wings Grief Center in Homosassa Springs.
  • Grief Toolbox Support Groups, which help participants gain the essential tools needed to cope with their grief through video presentations, handouts, and group discussions meet every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the YMCA in Lecanto and at 2 p.m. at the Wings Grief Center in Sources d’Homosassa.
  • “The Compassionate Friends,” a support network for those who have lost a child of any age, sibling or granddaughter, meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at the Wings Grief Center in Homosassa Springs.

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Friends of Citrus and the Nature Coast is a charity that provides community bereavement support to anyone who has experienced loss, adults and children; Helpline ; bereavement support resources for all ages; teaching materials for parents and teachers; and bereavement support camps. Find them at 8471 W. Periwinkle Lane in Homosassa Springs. For more information, call 352-249-1470.

Bravera Health offers a support group for Parkinson’s disease

Bravera Health Seven Rivers Outpatient Rehab offers a Parkinson’s disease support group at 3 p.m. on the third Thursday at 6151 N. Suncoast Blvd., Suite 2A, Crystal River.

Refreshments will be served. The Parkinson’s support group is for anyone who wants to know more about Parkinson’s disease. The goal of the support group is to educate as many people as possible about Parkinson’s disease.

The support group meets monthly and includes guest speakers, dances, exercise and craft classes, and panel discussions. Roundtables give members the opportunity to converse and ask questions and answer each other’s questions.

Breast cancer support group temporarily closed

The Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group which meets at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Lecanto is closed from June to September.

The bereavement support group meets every Thursday

The St. Thomas the Apostle Bereavement Support Group meets from 1-2:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Church at US 19, 300 yards south of Cardinal and just past Walmart.

The group takes a positive approach to bereavement by helping grieving people learn how to start over, even when they don’t want to. Come, sit down and listen. Thirty years of experience have taught them how to help make a positive difference in someone’s life. Anyone can attend.

For more information, call 352-220-1959.

NAMI offers in-person support

The local National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Citrus, now offers an in-person option for support groups.

Connections (for someone living with a mental health issue) and Family Support Groups meet 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays at First Christian Church of Inverness, 2018 Colonade St.

Virtual meetings remain available. Call 844-687-6264 or visit namicitrus.org/calendar for more information.

Online dementia support continues in 2022

Citrus Library Coping Connection, a virtual support service for care partners and families of people with dementia, will continue in 2022. The service is primarily designed for people who do not have access to their own computer.

Conducted online, the meetings will be hosted by Certified Dementia Practitioner Debbie Selsavage from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The login hub is located at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd. in Beverly Hills.

Participants must arrive at the library before 12:50 p.m. on the day of the meeting. They are not required to stay for the full two hours.

The program is free and accessible to everyone. For more information, call 352-746-6622 or 352-422-3663.

Attend a GriefShare class at First Lutheran

Attend GriefShare classes at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays at First Lutheran Church, 1900 State Road 44 (Gulf-to-Lake Highway) in Inverness. For more information, visit 1stlutheran.church/helpforyou.htm.

GriefShare Group at Crystal River

A GriefShare support group meets at First Baptist Church in Crystal River every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. The church is located at 700 N. Citrus Ave. The grief journey is a painful process that you don’t have to go through alone.

The 13-week GriefShare series features videos from nationally recognized experts on topics of grief and the stories of people who have healed from grief. For more information, call First Baptist Church at 352-795-3367 or visit www.griefshare.org.

TOPS Weight Loss Groups meet weekly

The following TOPS Weight Loss Support Groups meet weekly in Citrus County:

  • Chapter 692 at 9:30 a.m. Fridays at Grace Bible Church, 6382 W. Green Acres St. in Homosassa. Call 352-628-2024.
  • Chapter 826 at 8:10 a.m. Tuesdays at First Lutheran Church, 1900 State Road 44 in Inverness. Call 352-464-1349.
  • Chapter 743 at 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the DAV Building, 1039 N. Paul Drive in Inverness. Call 352-637-6553.
  • Chapter 9365 at 10 a.m. Wednesdays at First Christian Church of Homosassa, 7030 W. Grover Cleveland Blvd. Call 352-533-2607 or 352-212-8550.
  • Chapter 408 at 2 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist Church, 700 N. Citrus Ave. at Crystal River. Call 352-212-7946.
  • Chapter 443 at 3 p.m. Thursdays at Dunnellon Women’s Club, 11756 Cedar St. Call 352-566-0742.
  • Chapter 401 at 8 a.m. Wednesdays at First Baptist Church, 3790 Parsons Point Road in Hernando. Call 352-637-7196.

For more information about TOPS, visit tops.org.

The memory support group meets weekly

The free Memory Lane Support Group & Respite program meets from 1-3 p.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church of Homosassa, 8831 W. Bradshaw St.

This program has been in existence for almost 10 years. It started out as a support group for caregivers, but quickly turned into a support group for those caring for loved ones with memory issues and dementia.

For more information, call 352-628-4083 or visit 1umc.org.

Support available for carers with dementia

North Oak Church offers group support for caregivers of dementia patients at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the church, 9324 N. Elkcam Blvd. in Citrus Springs.

Caregiving is hard work and often unrewarding. Dementia presents a unique set of challenges and circumstances that can be helped by meeting other caregivers who may be experiencing the same issues.

The group will be led by retired psychiatric nurse Bernie Collins. No religious affiliation is necessary to attend.

For more information, call 352-489-1688 or visit northoakbc.org.

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