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Event offers help for coping with holiday grief

POSTED October 12, 2013 1:00 a.m.

The holidays. What is usually a time of celebration and joy, can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones in recent years. In order to help people who are suffering manage during this time of year, Hospice of Emanuel Medical Center is hosting a special evening program, “Coping with the Holidays,” on Nov. 1

The event will feature a panel of people who have previously lost a loved one. The panel members will speak about how they coped during the holiday season, accentuating the most helpful methods. The members that make up the panel will represent those who have lost a spouse, a child, or a parent.

There will also be a memory table where attendees can place a framed photograph of their loved one.

“The loss of a loved one can be a very difficult time during the holiday season,” said Sandy Ricardo, Hospice support service coordinator. “For some it becomes an unbearable time of year. Hospice is aware of the obstacles facing the bereaved, and has put together this program to help.”

The “Coping with the Holidays” event will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Monte Vista Chapel located at 1619 East Monte Vista Ave., in Turlock.

Hospice of Emanuel also offers free grief support to anyone in the community through one-on-one sessions as well as focalized support groups for bereaved parents, young adults, general loss, those who have lost a spouse, and those who have lost someone to suicide.

The bereavement department is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached by calling 664-2550.

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