Hunterdon Hospice officer Grief Through the Holidays Support Program


Hunterdon Hospice officer Grief Through the Holidays Support Program

The loss of a loved one is a life-changing event and one that, for many may take years to get over. There is always the “First Without:” first birthday, first anniversary, first summer, and of course, the first holidays. Grief, mourning, sadness, and depression seem to accelerate during the holiday periods. The parties, dinners, excitement of gift shopping and decorating, often are too much to handle for those still in mourning. It can be a time of utter desolation for families suffering through and still dealing with the loss.

Hunterdon Medical Center is offering to their community a unique, free forum, Grief Through the Holidays, to be held Thursday, October 27 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Hunterdon Medical Center, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ. Three Hunterdon Healthcare experts, psychotherapist Diane Gilbert, LCSW, and Director of the Youth Art Bereavement Program (a 12-week program for children from 5-18 years of age that helps them cope with the loss of a family member through interaction with their peers and expressing their feelings through art); bereavement clinician Ellie Neesen, and Chaplain Chris Voorhees, will speak about the challenges and pain, and sometimes guilt, felt by those still in mourning during the holiday season.

Their purpose: reaching out to families and friends of those still grieving and providing help in dealing with their grief and hopefully gain peace, light, and a sense of healing as they participate in holiday activities. There is no time limit on grief, and sometimes the pain is there years after the passing of our loved one. By offering the Grief Through the Holidays forum, Diane, Ellie and Chris will emphasize and explain that while we may still be in pain, life goes on and there are still tasks that face us on a daily basis including maintaining a home, raising children, going to work and interacting with friends and family members.

If, during this upcoming holiday season, you are still missing someone special, still feel that empty space in your life, and don’t know how you will cope with the holidays, please come out on October 27 to Hunterdon Medical Center from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and be a part of this unique, extraordinary healing process.