Local Support Services

Memorial Funeral Homes sponsors several programs throughout the year to assist the families of Newport County with the grieving process after the loss of a loved one. These groups operate under the 'Community Connections' name. If you would like to attend one of our programs, you can do so by email us at mary@memorialfuneralhome.com or calling Memorial Funeral Home to register at 401-846-0350.

Meet Lark d'Helen,  our Director of Community Education.  d’Helen coordinates the Community Connections program of Memorial Funeral Homes, which provides workshops, seminars, support groups and one-to-one counseling for the community focused on addressing grief and end-of-life issues and conversations. She recently completed the Certification in Thanatology (CT), the most respected practice credential in the field of thanatology, the study of death, loss, and bereavement. Certification in Thanatology (CT®) is a foundation certification that is designed to enhance professional knowledge and promote excellence in the field combined with experience in the field.  

Our aftercare program was developed over 15 years ago and remains the only program of its kind on Aquidneck Island. What began as a 6-week education and support group to meet the needs of our grieving families now reaches out to the entire community with a wide variety of groups, workshops and resources for managing grief, adjusting to loss and finding hope.

Building Bridges, our 6-week support and education group provides an opportunity to learn about grief and its effects while sharing support and understanding. Many of our family members have found this foundation group to be greatly reassuring and comforting. This group is offered free to the entire community through our partnership with VNS Hospice of Newport and Bristol Counties.

Side by Side, our loss specific support and education series provides an opportunity for people with like losses to meet, share and learn about grief issues and coping strategies specific to the loss of a child, spouse, sibling, sudden death or suicide. These groups are offered free to the community as a service of our Aftercare program.

Heart to Heart, our children's bereavement project provides services to grieving children and those who care for them. Our action oriented group meets monthly providing children an opportunity to explore confusing emotions, build coping skills and find themselves less alone in their grief. Stories, art, games and gab make this a safe, comfortable group for all! This group is offered free to the community as a service of our Aftercare Program. In addition we are available to parents and caregivers to discuss your concerns, provide information and resources and/or to meet with children 1:1 as needed.

Beyond Words, our monthly experiential workshop and seminar series focus on issues pertinent to our families and the community at large. Topics on our 2007/08 calendar include, Cooking for One, Stress Management, Alternative Paths to Healing, and Container Memory Gardens.