Believing the unbelievable – healing as we face our grief

 

 

Robin Stocksdale, MSW, LCSW-C, CT Bereavement Services Manager
Robin Stocksdale, MSW, LCSW-C, CT
Bereavement Services Manager

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and deep, loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elizabeth Kubler Ross

It seems unimaginable when we lose a dearly loved person that we could ever cope with their death. In those early days and months after the death we hurt, we pine for our loved one; we find the loss unbelievable and insurmountable. We struggle to get out of bed, to leave our homes, to engage in conversation, to eat.

As unbelievable as it may seem during these acutely painful times, we have inner reserves that we can draw from to get through. As we rely on friends, family and faith during the times of raw grief, we begin to believe that we might just survive.

In the midst of our grief, it is important to take good care of ourselves – to be gentle and to nurture ourselves. To that end, the Bereavement Services Department of Gilchrist Hospice Care in collaboration with Evans Funeral Chapel annually offers a day long Wellness Seminar for those who are grieving.

Entitled “How to Nurture Yourself While Grieving,” this annual conference will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt.

Our dynamic keynote speaker will be Dr. Ann Kaiser Stearns, Professor of Psychology, Community College of Baltimore County who will speak on “After Loss- Finding the Best Life Within Reach.” Workshops offered during the day will include “Introduction to Meditation”, “Using Writing as a Healing Tool,” “Using Creativity in Our Healing Journey” and a special workshop for those whose loss occurred greater than 9 months ago entitled “Stepping Forward: The Journey Continues.”

We encourage all who are grieving and in need of nurturing to attend. For more details visit http://www.gilchristhospice.org or e-mail ghc_bereavement@gilchristhospice.org.


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