Bereavement Newsletter September 2022


It’s hard to believe that we are heading into fall. The days are getting shorter, and the evenings are cooler. Change is in the air. For many of you, change took place days, weeks or months ago. Life changes forever when you lose a loved one. It’s as if you are forced to join a club in which you want NO part! Just as we have no control over the calendar and the seasons, we also had no control over the death of our loved ones. The only thing we do have control over is our attitude and how we are going to live with the hand we have been dealt. I can only say to you that things will get easier. In the meanwhile, it is important to surround yourself with positive people, let the tears flow as needed, and remember to live you life as to honor your loved one. Seasons come and go, but memories will live on forever.

I am grateful that I have the opportunity to speak words into you life each month. I only hope that some of them bring you hope. Many of you I have never met, but I want you to know that you are precious to us here at Hospice, and we are here to help in any way that we can. Along with one-on-one time, we offer many group activities. I hope you will take advantage of any that sound interesting or helpful. If you have any questions about anything, feel free to call me at 740-432-7440.

September activities:

September 8- “Lunch Bunch” at Mr. Lee’s in Cambridge at Noon

September 13- “Lunch Bunch” at Belmont County Library Annex at Noon. Bring your lunch

NEW!!!  September 20- Understanding Grief Support Group at Hospice of Guernsey office (9711 East Pike Rd. Cambridge) from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. This is a 9 week group and books will need to be ordered for participants. If you are interested in attending call 740-432-7440.


September 22- Breakfast Support Group at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley at 9:00 AM

May a smile touch your soul today!

Terri Wootton MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW, Bereavement Coordinator


Paint & Sip with Lois

Paint a canvas full of fall colors with our Art Therapist, Lois Merrill on Tuesday, October 27th from 5:30 to 7 pm. Sip some apple cider as Lois instructs the class on painting a fall tree scene.

The Paint & Sip is free of charge and open to the public.  All materials will be provided.

Class is limited to 20 participants, so register early! Call Lois Merrill at 740-432-7440 to register. The Hospice of Guernsey office is located at 9711 East Pike Road, Cambridge, OH 43725.

Hospice Care Therapeutic for More than Patients

WFFA out of Dallas, Texas recently posted an article detailing some of the ‘other’ care that a hospice provides besides pain care, not only for the patient, but also for their family.

Sanchez said hospice isn’t limited to end-of-life pain care anymore.

Clients can receive a variety of therapies, including massage and acupuncture. Their families can also benefit from counseling during and after their loved one’s life.

“They minister to me while they’re taking care of her,” Paul said. “I didn’t realize that first, but then I did after a while.”

The full article can be read on the WFFA website.

Hospice Can Help Patients Face End of Life Emotions

November is National Hospice Month, and the Ravalli Republic had a nice article about some of the care that a hospice provides.

When someone is referred to hospice it is often a decision fraught with emotion and a multitude of feelings – sorrow, anxiety, confusion, frustration, anger, and sometimes relief. When the hospice team steps into the picture and begins to offer support, they immediately address any physical symptoms the patient may be experiencing. Hospice clinicians are experts in managing any kind of physical symptom and comfort is our top priority.

The full article can be found on their website.

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