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Virtual Grief Discussion Group for Family and Friends of Holocaust Survivors

An online grief discussion group for family and friends of Holocaust survivors has just launched; this innovative and important virtual series of six sessions is available for anyone to access; sessions are archived for those who can’t attend live. The program, offered through Metropolitan Jewish Health System (MJHS) Hospice and Palliative Care, the largest hospice provider in New York state under Jewish auspices, is supported by Targum Shlishi.

Ongoing Access

Although the series began October 8, 2018, the sessions are archived, which allows anyone who has missed past sessions or cannot attend the sessions to access the discussion group afterwards. Moving Towards Generational Healing—Grief and Renewal After the Loss of Holocaust Survivor Parents and Grandparents is offered by MJHA Hospice and Palliative Care. It is not too late to sign up, and the first session can still be accessed.

Need for the Program

The discussion group, led by clinical psychologist Irit Felson, PhD, addresses the challenges of grieving the loss of a loved one who was a Holocaust survivor. Children and grandchildren of survivors often respond to loss differently. This program addresses how this lifelong issue has impacted the lives of family members and helps approach questions such as: What happens now? How do you reconcile your loss when you have focused on your loved one for so long? How do you carry out the legacy of your loved one?

Schedule and Information

The live sessions take place every other Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm through December 17. The topics are listed below and the links are to register to attend. Anyone who is interested but can’t attend the live session should still register, and they will receive an email with a link to the taped recorded session.
MJHS cares for hundreds of Holocaust survivors at the end of life, and has found that there is an unmet need for this type of grief support for the family and friends of survivors.


Session 1: Introduction to the Group
Monday, October 8, 12:30-1:30 pm

Session 2: The Reality of Loss
Monday, October 22, 1230-1:30 pm

Session 3: Navigating Through Pain
Monday, November 5, 12:30-1:30 pm

Session 4: Resilience and Self-Care
Monday, November 19, 12:30-1:30 pm

Session 5: Family and Interpersonal Relationships
Monday, December 3, 1:30-1:30 pm

Session 6: Remember and Rebuild
Monday, December 17, 12:30-1:30 pm

To register for the course, go here. 

To read the initial Targum Shlishi press release announcing its support for this program, go here.

About MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care is a non-for-profit organization serving New York City and Nassau County. It is one of the largest hospice and palliative care programs in New York State and the largest Jewish hospice in the region. MJHS is rooted in Jewish values and traditions, although it is not a religious organization and has patients of all faiths, cultures, and ethnicities. MJHS has created unique, culturally specific end-of-life care programs to serve different populations, including Jewish patients. Many MJHS programs and services are aided by grants from MJHS Foundation, which is supported by private and corporate donations as well as grants from organizations. For further information visit its website.

About Targum Shlishi

Targum Shlishi, a Raquel and Aryeh Rubin Foundation, is dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today. Premised on the conviction that dynamic change and adaptation have historically been crucial to a vibrant and relevant Judaism and to the survival of its people, Targum Shlishi’s initiatives are designed to stimulate the development of new ideas and innovative strategies that will enable Jewish life, its culture, and its traditions to continue to flourish. For more information on the foundation, visit its website.

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