Nurturing Ourselves While We are Grieving

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

“I have survived so much loss, as all of us have … my parents, dear friends, pets… If you haven’t already, you will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and you never completely get over the loss of a deeply beloved person. But this is also good news. The person lives forever, in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through, and you learn to dance with the banged-up heart…”           Ann LaMott

When someone we love dies, we can’t imagine life without them. We can’t imagine how we will survive, much less have a rich and full life again. We may rely on friends, family members, counselors to support us. We rely on our faith as we struggle with our loss. And somehow, we manage to get out of bed, put one foot in front of the other, leave the house, and talk to other people – in short, move forward in our lives.

During these difficult times, it is important to take good care of ourselves – to be gentle and to nurture ourselves. And yet we may not know how to do this.

To help those who are grieving, Gilchrist Grief Services 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 25, 2014 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 “Using Writing as a Healing Tool,” “Artful Grief: Collage,” “Music for the Journey: Our Story Through Song,” “Coping with the Holidays When You Are Grieving,” and “Finding Hope as the Journey Continues.”

If you are grieving the death of a loved one, we encourage you to attend.

For more details visit our Wellness Day page or call 443-849-8251 or e-mail ghc_bereavement@gilchristhospice.org.


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