What is grief? It’s a time of our lives that none of us want to experience, but which we all have to face at one time or another.

Despite its inevitability, many find that grief can be a difficult subject to talk about. No one wants to face the fact that the death of a loved one changes everything; that in many ways, life will never be the same again.

Those who love us don’t want us to suffer; they want everything to “return to normal,” and may try to rush us through the grieving process.

The task to those who are grieving is finding a new normal, a process that can take much longer than anyone could anticipate.

That’s the time when Hospice Care Team’s Grief Support groups can be most helpful.

In order to fully serve the needs of those who are grieving throughout the Bay Area, we will offer our eight-week “Hands Together” groups again this spring.

On Tuesdays, beginning March 19, our Dickinson groups will be meeting from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 200 FM 517 W.

In addition, our Clear Lake groups will be meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Road, in Nassau Bay.

Rounding out the week on Wednesdays, beginning March 20, HCT’s grief support groups will meet from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Meridian Towers in Galveston.

Each group series is open to anyone in the community who has had a death, regardless of whether their loved one was on hospice service.

Our groups are offered free of charge, but as in the past, space is limited, and advance registration is required.

Call Rebecca Deaton, 800-545-8738.

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