Bereavement Services & Grief Support Groups

The death of a loved one leaves behind feelings of loss which give way to deep pain. Working through the pain is what is called grief work. Although no two experiences are the same, we do know that it is a process that all must go through. Reactions, though typical, will differ for each person and vary in degree, intensity and duration.

It is the goal of the Bereavement Program of Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice to help those who have experienced loss understand and normalize their feelings of grief.


Jane Oldfield-Spearman
Bereavement Services Coordinator


Jane Oldfield-Spearman provides bereavement support and counseling in private residences, nursing homes, and hospitals. A variety of support groups are also offered to the general public, free of charge, so that grief can be expressed in a healthy context.

Adult Bereavement Support Groups

These six week closed groups provide an opportunity for those who are grieving the death of a loved one to meet in a safe, supportive environment and share with others who are also experiencing loss.  Groups are offered in the fall, winter and spring in  Exeter and Epping.  Registration is required by calling Jane Oldfield-Spearman or Martha Carlson at 603-772-2981. Click here for schedule.


These groups are for those interested in exploring the grieving process.  Topics for discussion rotate each session and membership changes monthly. One group meets on the third Monday of the month, from 3-4:30pm, at the Epping Regional Health Center, 212 Calef Highway, Epping.  The second group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8pm at 4 Alumni Drive, Exeter. For more information call: Jane Oldfield-Spearman or Martha Carlson at 603-772-2981. Click here for schedule.

Bereavement Services offered at Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice also include the following:

  • “Celebration of Life” Annual Memorial Service - Family members and friends are invited to attend this special remembrance held every spring to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost over the past year.
  • Caregivers Day of Respite
  • Bereavement Training
  • Bereavement Volunteers
  • Grief educational materials
  • Community Resource information
  • Workshops such as “Grief in the Workplace”


For further information about Bereavement Services, please call Jane Oldfield-Spearman, Rockingham VNA & Hospice Bereavement Coordinator at 1-800-540-2981.