Tuesday, November 17, 2015

State of the Heart Hospice Offers Help Through the Holidays and After

Holidays can be difficult for those who have lost a loved one, particularly for those facing the holiday season for the first time without that loved one. Feelings of grief can begin before families gather for holiday festivities and linger afterwards. State of the Heart Hospice is offering grief support groups for adults grieving during the holidays.

In Greenville, State of the Heart will offer three grief support sessions; each is from 5:30-6:30pm at the Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway. The sessions will occur on Tuesdays; November 17th, December 8th and January 5th. No registration is required to attend the sessions which are free and are open to anyone who needs help with grief, regardless of association with hospice care. There will be refreshments served for those attending and there will be time to discuss individual grief concerns. The sessions will be facilitated by Bereavement Specialists and Social Workers for State of the Heart.

“The group is an opportunity to talk about what the holidays will mean to you this year as you grieve the loss of your loved ones,” said Ashlee Carder, Bereavement Specialist and Music Therapist for State of the Heart. “The holidays can be especially hard after a loss, and we’re here to help you express your feelings about it.” Sessions prior to Christmas and News Year’s will provide helpful suggestions for coping with the holiday and ways to remember and honor lost loved ones in a special way. As the dark, gloomy days of winter can add to feelings of loss, the January session will offer post-holiday support. With offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, State of the Heart cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. Bereavement support for both adults and children is an important part of the service provided by the agency. If you would like to speak with a member of the State of the Heart bereavement team about grief and loss issues, call 1-800-417-7535 and ask to speak to a member of the bereavement team. Visit the agency web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org.

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