When a loved one has been taken as the result of death, illness, or the end of a relationship, we experience a wide variety of feelings and emotions. A support system helps those suffering move through grief and the ever-changing emotions accompanying it.
To aid individuals through their grief journey, Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) offers a Bereavement Support Group and Faith & Grief Luncheons. The new Bereavement Support Group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the Commons Conference Room. The first group will be held Wednesday, July 20.
“The support of family and friends is vital during a time of grief, but unless they have experienced a close personal loss, they often don’t fully understand. This is where our Bereavement Support Group will become a valuable resource,” says the group’s facilitator, Teresa DeLellis, LSW. Ms. DeLellis is the Social Work Director/Discharge Planner for Heritage Manor Nursing Home/Southgate at CHCC. “The group will offer companionship and understanding from others who have experienced a similar loss and similar challenges that living with grief brings.”
The new Bereavement Support Group complements CHCC’s Faith & Grief Luncheons, which are offered from noon to 1 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month in the Auditorium. Held in conjunction with Valley Hospice, the luncheons incorporate sharing, scripture, prayer, and reflection. Complimentary lunch is provided, but donations are accepted.
“No one knows the pain of loss as well as someone else who is experiencing it, too,”
Ms. DeLellis says. “It’s very reassuring to learn that what we are going through is normal.”