BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

Alpert JFS offers various stages of bereavement support groups, providing a safe place to share information and feelings with others going through the loss of a spouse, partner, or loved one.

Who would benefit from our program and how?
Any adult living in Palm Beach County who has experienced a loss is eligible for Bereavement Support Services in order to facilitate the grieving process.  These groups provide support and professional guidance as participants learn the stages of grief.  The group facilitator can also provide participants with other helpful services offered by the agency, or in the community, as needed.

What should I look for when considering who can help me with my loss?
This  program is run by a very experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a bereavement specialist, with experience facilitating bereavement services.

All of the counseling staff at Alpert JFS hold Master’s degrees or Doctoral degrees in the behavioral sciences, and are licensed as Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) or Mental Health Counselors (LMHC).  Most staff have years of varied clinical experiences and specializations. Confidentiality is an utmost priority of all our counselors, as is their desire to help each person meet their particular life challenge(s). The agency is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What are the ways a professionally led Bereavement Group may help me?

You will be working in a safe, trusting environment with a caring professional. The groups are led by a licensed bereavement specialist who provides a trusting, intimate and confidential atmosphere for group sharing. You will develop coping strategies to deal with the changes in your life, and find ways to move forward.

 

What if I am not ready for a group?

The specialist will help you decide if you are ready to be in a group, and which group would be the most appropriate.  If you are not ready for group, you can start individual counseling with an agency counselor.

 

What if my bereavement counselor advises that I need additional services at your agency?

We consider our services seamless. Because we have many other programs, it is very possible there may be another service, or support group,which would be helpful for you or your family. If recommended, the counselor will facilitate your access to the assistance best suited to your needs; you do not need to make another phone call.

 

Do I have to be Jewish to see a therapist at your facility?

Our agency welcomes people of all faiths. Thanks to the funding received from various sources, our doors are open wide to the community at-large.