Widow/Widowers Social Discussion Group In Cherry Hill In March!

“Encore!” Social Discussion Group for Widow/Widowers Over 60 Starts In March

Support Group to Help Set the Stage for Life’s Next Act


Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey (www.jfcssnj.org) will be facilitating a special support group, designed for those 60 years old and older, who have lost a significant other more than two years ago. The group, brought to the community through a sponsorship by Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law Attorneys (www.timriceelderlaw.com), will comprise 6 sessions and will cover issues such as: dealing with grief, relationships with family and friends, planning for the future, dating, and finding a “new normal.”

“In my seven years of facilitating social support groups for widows and widowers, members often spoke to me about how they were still finding it challenging to create a new normal for themselves, even several years after their spouse died,” says Reva Farenback-Brateman, MSW, a JFCS social worker and the facilitator for the group.  “Sometimes life is going okay but then an illness, a move, retirement, or the death of another loved one brings up new concerns.  Encore! was created with the hope that it will provide a supportive environment in which to explore these challenges and others which you may be facing.”

The benefits of support groups for widows and widowers are many. Not only do the groups provide a place to meet others who are experiencing similar issues, but it is an opportunity to meet friends, and share resources that could be helpful in the healing for others.

“We applaud JFCS for providing widows, widowers and grieving life partners a forum offering a supportive environment to discuss the challenges ahead”, said attorney Tim Rice, managing partner of Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law group.  “My associates and I often assist our elderly clients interpreting the Wills, trusts, health directives and powers of attorney of the deceased loved one, as well as reviewing their own documents to help plan for their future.  We know how valuable a support group such as this can be, and we are honored to support it”, Rice concluded

Encore! – A New Social Discussion Group for widow / widowers will begin meeting March 10th, a nd continue on the second Thursday of the month for six sessions.  Group will meet from 7-8:30 at the Katz JCC Adult Lounge, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003.  Advance registration is required to attend; registration is $50.

To attend the group, please call Reva Farenback-Bratemen, MSW at 856-424-1333, ext. 1184.


About JFCS

For over 70 years, Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey has been providing comprehensive, caring social services to South Jersey residents of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds – strengthening the individual, the family, and the community. It is our mission: to bring help and hope to those who are in need. JFCS social services are available to residents of Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties in Southern New Jersey. No one is ever turned away, regardless of their ability to pay for these services.

About Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law

Since 1991, Timothy Rice Estate and Elder Law in Voorhees, New Jersey, has helped individuals and families in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania and navigate the complex legal, medical and financial aspects of estate planning and administration. We are committed to providing timely legal counsel tailored to meet your specific needs. We understand the stress and anxiety that can accompany discussions about aging and late-in-life care, and we place a premium on providing caring and respectful counsel in your time of need. To learn how we may assist you, contact our office online or call us at 856-782-8450 to schedule an appointment, or visit: www.timriceelderlaw.com for further information.



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