By Rev. Raelynn Scott
Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator
“HOPE FOR THE HEART”, is the name of our C. C. Young grief support group that will begin in February. One of the most difficult things about being a senior is the reality that grief touches our lives regularly and often we are ill-prepared to cope with the devastating experience of losing a dear family member or beloved friend, or even our spouse. These kind of losses can affect us emotionally, cognitively, physically, and behaviorally. The experience of grief can keep us up at night, it can affect our eating patterns, it can cause confusion and an inability to focus, and it can slide us into a prolonged depression if we do not attend to the very real pain that grief can cause.
If we attempt to ignore our grief, thinking it will go away by itself, chances are that grief will swell up on the inside and cause all kinds of life disruptions. It is far better if, when faced with grief, we acknowledge it, embrace it, learn about it, and share it with others in a supportive, safe atmosphere that assists us to move towards healing and wholeness.
Admittedly, it takes courage to come to a grief support group, especially when we are already feeling fragile emotionally and may not want others to see us in our weakness. After participating in support groups myself, and then becoming a trained facilitator, I can promise you from my humble experience that much more healing occurs in people’s lives when they push aside their fears and reach out, than when they are isolated in their grief.
“HOPE FOR THE HEART” Grief Support Group will meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in the LPE2 Family Conference Room. The meetings will begin at 1:30 pm, and will last for one hour. All are welcome: residents, families, staff, and the public.
If you know someone that could benefit from grief support, then encourage them to come. If you are reading this and a chord is striking in you, come and experience for yourself the benefits of receiving support for this season in your life. I guarantee, you will be blessed.
Rev. Raelynn Scott