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Nov 2012 - Anticipation of the holiday season can be very difficult for those who are grieving
A special gathering will be held on Wednesday, November 28 at 7:00 pm, to not only mark BC Bereavement Day (Nov.14) but also to reach out to those who are apprehensive about coping with the upcoming holiday season.
Even though holidays and special days are usually joyous celebrations filled with rituals, traditions and love, these particular days can be surprisingly painful for those who have been touched by death. Instead of lifting our heads and hearts with memories, these days remind us of just how long it has been “since” . . . since we hugged the person who died, since we shared a laugh, since we shared a holiday meal together.
Delta Hospice will be hosting an evening with Counsellor Heather Mohan, about coping with the holidays and other special days. Heather will speak on how to either hang on to traditions or how to create new ones that will help you endure, survive and even enjoy the upcoming special days. After the presentation, refreshments will be served and participants will have an opportunity to share and receive helpful handouts.
The presentation will be at the Harold & Veronica Centre for Supportive Care in Ladner, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent (across from the Ladner Leisure Centre and Municipal Hall). They welcome anyone who would like to attend and invite family members or friends. Registration is appreciated, but not necessary. Please call 604-948-0660 to register or for more information.
Delta Hospice has a variety of individual and group support services and professional counselling at no cost available for bereaved family members and friends. There are programs for children, teens and adults.
BC Bereavement Day, recognized on November 14th, is an annual day chosen to remind us if we are grieving that what we are experiencing is significant and deserving of support. If we are not presently grieving, it is a reminder to us to continue reaching out to those who are bereaved as they move through their profound transition to life without the person who died.