Nelson hospice offers special series

Nelson and District Hospice Society is offering a grief support series entitled Resources for Mourning the Death of a Loved One.

Nelson and District Hospice Society is offering a grief support series entitled Resources for Mourning the Death of a Loved One. The series is open to anyone experiencing grief due to the death of someone close to them.

Hosted by trained local hospice volunteers, topics will include: the needs of a mourner; why grieving is different for everyone; common myths about the grieving process; resources and tools for finding hope and healing our hearts.

There will be time for group discussion and sharing at your own comfort level, as well as a gentle healing exploration into areas such as art therapy, journaling, walking and meditation.

The series is slated for six Thursdays starting April 19 and ending May 17 at the multipurpose room of Public Health located at 333 Victoria Street. It’s a free series but donations gratefully accepted and pre-registration is required (nelsonhospice@netidea.com)

When one person dies an average of five people are directly affected. After the death of someone dear to us, we often experience a period of intense grieving.

As a society, we associate deep sadness as a natural response to death, but there are many others. Feelings of loss (what do I do without that person?), helplessness (where do I turn?), confusion (why did this happen?), anger (unfinished relations), uncertainty (new roles and expectations), anxiety (am I going crazy?), and/or happiness (loved one is now peacefully at rest after a prolonged illness) are also common. It can be difficult to find a safe and supported environment to share these various feelings.

Death is a time of shift. We are re-learning how to manage our lives in a different way and realizing we will never, ever, be quite the same. This process takes time. For some, it could be a struggle for multiple months; for others, years.

At Nelson Hospice they understand that everyone grieves in their own way and that each person has a unique relationship to the person who died. The group is committed to helping people find local resources and self-discovery tools to allow for slow adaption to difficult and changing circumstances surrounding a loved one’s death.

Nelson & District Hospice Society offers hospice/palliative care services in Nelson, Kaslo, the East Shore of Crawford Bay and surrounding area.  For more information or visit nelsonhospice.org or call 250-352-2337.

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