Lake Regional Health System will host "Coping with Grief During the Holidays" at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in the hospital's third floor conference rooms.
This commemorative event is for people who have lost a loved one and are wondering how they will get through the holiday season. The session will include a reflection by the Lake Regional chaplain, as well as tips for coping with the holidays, keepsake ideas and insights to understanding grief.
"Whether your loss is recent or happened years ago, Lake Regional invites you to attend this event," said Jill Wilke, R.N., M.S., CPLC, Lake Regional's director of Palliative Care, Home Health & Hospice. "You will find support, gather with others who understand your feelings and receive helpful advice on getting through the holidays in a hopeful way."
This year's speaker is a mother who lost her teenage son in a car accident. She and her former spouse both were remarried when their son died, and she will talk about how the relationships of their step-families impacted the grieving process.
To conclude the event, all attendees will be invited to participate in a simple ritual to honor their loved ones. Attendees then will have the opportunity to talk and share with each other while enjoying some light refreshments.
Lake Regional offers a variety of educational programming during the year, on such topics as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Several health fairs and screenings also are held annually throughout the lake area. For information on upcoming events, visit www.lakeregional.com/events.