The holidays can evoke many potent memories. If you’ve recently experienced the death of a loved one, the memories and the awareness of absence can be acutely painful. To help families through the holiday season, VitalCare Hospice of Little Traverse Bay is offering special support and education sessions to assist with feelings of loss and grief.
“Handling the Holidays” sessions will take place at 1-2:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2011, and at 1-2:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2011. All sessions will be offered at the Hiland Cottage located at One Hiland Drive in Petoskey.
“Because the holidays are traditionally times to celebrate and reflect on our lives, the loss of a loved one can change the holidays into a time of sadness and loneliness,” said VitalCare Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, David Johnson, LLBSW. “Through sharing ideas, talking with others who are facing similar prospects this holiday season, and printed materials, the seminar will address the concerns of those attending and help generate ideas about ways to enhance the holiday season for yourself and for those who love you.”
Lisa Ashley, President and CEO of the Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, said the best single principle for coping with this time of year is to think carefully and consider exactly what will serve you best.
“If one carefully considers questions such as these, it is possible to experience the holiday season with new meaning and with a renewed sense of hope for a time when the pain of grief will be muted and when the possibility of a full life will be opened,” she said.
Support groups are offered year-round in Cheboygan, Onaway, and Petoskey. To register for “Handling the Holidays” sessions or for more information about VitalCare Hospice of Little Traverse Bay bereavement services, call 231.487.5643 or visit hospiceltb.org.