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 holiday season. 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 Hospice is offering a free Roundtable event: “Grief Through the Holidays”, to be held Thursday, October 26 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Hunterdon Regional Community Health Building, 215 Route 31 South, Flemington, NJ (next to Yesterday’s Treasures Thrift Shop). The Hunterdon Hospice social work team of Jennifer Kennedy, LCSW, Karin Gruss, LCSW and Janet McCulloch, LSW are joined by Chaplain Chris Voorhees to speak about the challenges, pain, and sometimes guilt felt by those missing someone during the holiday season.
Their purpose: reaching out to families and friends of those grieving to share tips and ideas with attendees to help deal with season-heightened sadness, gain confidence to navigate holiday activities, and inspire a sense of healing and feeling of connection. Guests of the evening will have the opportunity to interact with presenters and other attendees to share their feelings and concerns as they enter the holiday season, and will leave with a keepsake to honor the person or people they are missing. All are welcome, as there is no time limit on grief, and sometimes the pain is there years after the passing of our loved one.
For more information, or to RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-788-2573. Walk in guests also welcome.