Jewish Family Services offers support groups

Jewish Family Services of Greenwich, One Holly Hill Lane, Greenwich offers the following support groups:

After-the-Divorce Support Group (JFS office)

Now that the practical details of separating are complete, there is emotional work to do. It is time to develop a new identity and a new beginning. This group will provide a confidential space to reflect on the life you are living and the life you would like to live. It will be an opportunity to grow, develop, and learn from others. Facilitated by Mary Karlan, LCSW. Wednesdays, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Living Well in Later Life (JFS office)

For individuals 70+ to talk with peers about the opportunities and challenges this stage of life presents. Topics include how to maintain and manage health; manage independence with family members, including adult children; continue to be involved in meaningful activity; and cope with mourning and loss. Facilitated by Barbara Lehrman, LCSW. Thursdays, 2:30-3:45.

Reversal of Fortune Support Group (JFS office)

Financial challenges bring with them stressors that can affect everything in your life – your relationships, your self-esteem, your outlook, and even your marriage. In these tough economic times, you are not alone. Come and share your thoughts; get some ideas, tips, and strategies to cope with the practical as well as the emotional issues associated with reversals of fortune.Facilitated by Mary Karlan, LCSW. Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Chapter 2: For Empty Nesters (JFS office)

After the last child leaves for college, mothers often find themselves with a unique opportunity to reinvent themselves. But it is not always so simple. It can be challenging to find other ways to occupy their newly free time. And it’s sometimes difficult to reconnect with their spouse, let alone develop a new kind of relationship with their child. But perhaps what is most problematic is the lack of sympathy from people who believe that parents should be happy when their children leave home.Facilitated by Lisa-Loraine Smith, LCSW, Wednesdays, noon-1.

Children of Holocaust Survivors Support Group (Online)

Participants will discuss how the Holocaust, which happened 70 years ago, continues to impact their present lives. We will explore the behaviors of our families and its influence on our own behaviors and relationships. We will also touch on how the legacy of being a child of a survivor can be a burden or a gift. And lastly we will discuss the resilience in our families and ourselves. Facilitated by Dr. Judith Zackson, PH.d. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 15, 2-3 p.m.

Caregiver Support Group (Online)

Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, challenging, and often, emotionally draining. This group addresses issues in a non-judgmental environment and discusses the opportunities and challenges of caring for a loved one. Facilitated by Lisa-Loraine Smith, LCSW. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m.

For more information or to join a group,call Lisa-Loraine Smith, LCSW, at 203-622-1881 or email [email protected]. JFS office groups are held at 1 Holly Hill Lane, Greenwich.

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