Driveway Concert THIS Friday!

Join us for a lovely afternoon of live music and friendship! We are excited to share another social event for GIERS! We hope to see you in-person! Learn more about this GIERS event by clicking here to read our latest newsletter.

The Mourning After Bereavement Group

“The Mourning After” bereavement group 
will continue to meet remotely during the COVID-19 virus crisis using Zoom video conferencing.
Register by eMailing us your name & phone number before Thursday at 8PM to info@GIERS.org
You can “attend” the group virtually on the following Friday dates in 2021 (unless otherwise noted).
January 8
February 5
March 5
April 2 
May 7
June 4
July 2
August 6
September 3
October 1
November 5
December 3

All dates are from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm using your computer, tablet or smartphone from the safety of your home. If you would like to join us please email us with your name & phone number to info@giers.org so we can call you prior to the meeting.

A shelter-in-place policy continues throughout NJ and many other states to prevent the spread of the infection.  We understand how vital connection is for those who are grieving so we are not cancelling the group.
Instructions for joining The Mourning After “virtual” meeting
If you are an experienced Zoom user, skip these instructions and open the Friday morning email invitation and join us at 11:30.
The Mourning After bereavement group will meet virtually on a computer or tablet (with a camera) or smart phone using a video conferencing service called Zoom.  You can also join the meeting by phone.  Zoom is used by many businesses, healthcare facilities, schools and families around the world to conduct business & provide services or connect socially.  It is one of the best video conferencing services available.
At the bottom of this page are links to 2 short YouTube videos showing you how to join a Zoom meeting.
Here’s how it works:
  • We will email you an invitation to join the group or “Zoom Meeting” early Friday morning.  You can log in as early as 10:30 (an hour before the group meeting time) if you’re new to Zoom and want to make sure you can connect.
  • Follow the instructions in the email invitation.
  • Once you are logged in you will see and/or hear us (Bob & Bernice) and the other group members as they join the meeting.
  1. From a computer (Laptop or Desktop)
  2. From a Tablet or a Smart Phone
  3. Dial in from a phone.
Click on the blue link in Friday’s Zoom email invitation. That will open a window in your browser (Chrome, Edge, Safari, etc) asking you to download a small Zoom file.
Follow the prompts/instructions to open and run the downloaded program.
That should bring you to a window in your browser that may ask you for the Meeting ID and Password also found below in this email.
During the login process you will be asked to allow access or to give permission for the Zoom Meeting to use your camera, microphone and speakers.  Agree to these requests.
There is an App for smart phones and tablets called Zoom Cloud Meetings. Search in your App Store for Zoom.  Downloading this App will help you connect on those devices.
Open this email invitation in your smart phone or tablet and click the blue link.  Your Zoom app will guide you through the login process.  You may be asked for the Meeting ID and Password also found below in this email.
We recommend using a computer because it has a much larger screen and will better accommodate the number of participants that usually attend The Mourning After.
Dial the number in the Zoom email invitation and follow the prompts to enter the Meeting ID and Password also found below in this email.  If you are asked for a participant ID, skip that.
If you are concerned about charges for this call, check with your carrier, Verizon, Comcast, etc before the meeting.
You will receive a zoom meeting invitation early Friday morning of the meeting. The virtual meeting room will be available by 10:30 AM.  The best way to participate is through your computer because of the large screen size but you can also use a tablet or smart phone with the Zoom App (Zoom Cloud Meetings – zoom.us) and you can also dial in by phone.
Join A Zoom Meeting
Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time; Fun and Easy Online Connection
We hope each of you and your family are safe.
Bernice & Bob
About the GIERS: Bob Szita MS, LPC, TEP and Bernice Garfield Szita MS, LPC, TEP are Co-Directors of ActionArtz Training Institute and Founders and Co-Directors of Giers: Grief Information, Education & Recovery Services a 501c3 non-profit organization.  They are Licensed professional Counselors & International trainers in Psychodrama who use action methods for personal & professional development.  They are well known for their custom-designed training programs that stimulate learning in education, healthcare, government, & business settings. 

The Checkered Cloth: A Lesson About Loss

Our memories can serve to sensitize us throughout our lives to things we may not otherwise have empathy for. One memory from my childhood has come back to me many times as I have worked with children, parents and loss.

I could not have been more than five years old when this experience happened to me. It was summer and I, my parents and older sister, Audrey, went on a rare vacation to the Catskills in NY. We visited a farm that was turned into a hotel and as a city child everything was exciting and new to me! I loved all the green, the wild flowers, the fresh air and the farm animals. It was here that I fell in love with chickens, an affection I hold to this day! Continue reading on GIERS blog >

GIERS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides services to assist individuals, families and organizations recovering from a wide range of losses. We use a large variety of therapeutic modalities including psychodrama, creative arts, action techniques, education and counseling to help people develop coping skills and facilitate a successful transition toward healthy recovery. GIERS will also educate and train professionals and other community members to understand and aid people experiencing grief.

GIERS activities include:

  • Bereavement groups for adults, teens and children
  • Humanity Players education program
  • Recovery services for losses including loss of a loved one, physical or mental health, job, home, miscarriage, divorce, disenfranchised losses, such as from abortion, AIDS, suicide, and pet loss
  • Individual and family grief counseling for adults, teens and children
  • Community education programs addressing relevant issues of grief and loss
  • Training programs for community members interested in assisting others with grief issues
  • A “helpline” grief support referral service

As we obtain additional funding, we will add more innovative programming.

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Freehold, New Jersey 07728
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