Grace Hospice is offering a free support group for anyone who is experiencing loss or grief over a loved one.
The group, Coping With Grief During the Holidays, is meeting noon to 1 p.m. Mondays starting Nov. 17 and continuing Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 at Grace Hospice, 6400 S. Lewis Ave.
The support group helps those in grief recognize feelings and put them in perspective, according to press information.
“Our support groups are designed to offer coping strategies, while creating a safe and loving environment for those affected by grief,” said Ava Hancock, executive director of Grace Hospice. “The experience of sharing with others in a similar situation can provide comfort during times of sadness which can often be magnified during the holiday season.”
The sessions will cover: finding permission to grieve over the holidays, suggestions for coping with grief, reviewing plans for the holidays, finding the healing power that the holiday season can bring and discussing past holiday traditions and stories.
The group will be led by Grace Hospice chaplain Ken Bachelor, who offers this advice for anyone dealing with loss or grief during holiday months:
1. Accept feelings of grief and ask for help.
2. Discuss how to handle family traditions and consider starting a new tradition to honor loved ones who have died.
3. Don't try to do everything the "same old way.” It isn’t necessary to do all the decorating and cooking this year.
4. It is fine to say no to invitations, but isolation is a negative situation.
5. Consider continuing a tradition in memory of the loved one.
For more information, call 918-744-7223.