Bereavement Newsletter December 2019

December 2019

As you enter the last month of the year, you have already survived one major holiday of the season. I hope that as you focused on the true meaning of Thanksgiving, you were able to give thanks for something good in your life. But don’t stop now; for the Christmas holiday is upon us! Just as I encouraged you to look at the true meaning of Thanksgiving, I urge you to do something similar at Christmas. The author of this poem states her feelings beautifully!

First Christmas

It can’t possibly be Christmas without her being here.

Yet the world is singing round me, joyful tidings and good cheer.

Though I try to put on armor and brave the sights and sounds,

a few moments worth of shopping, and the tears are spilling down.

I pray for strength to do it, find a path through the holidays,

look for shortcuts, good ideas, and some directions through the maze.

Then I find at last the answer: I’ll include her symbolically.

And the giving becomes perfect; her love’s flowing down, through me.

                                                                                                                        Genesse Bourdeau Gentry

Sometimes it only takes a new perspective to help us get though the toughest times. I pray you will allow your loved one to shine through you in some way this holiday season. I hope you will consider joining us for the Holiday Memorial Service on December 5. The hospice staff will be in attendance to meet with you.

Upcoming events:

December 5…Memorial Service @ Southgate Hotel (Formerly the Holiday Inn) in Cambridge at 6:00 PM

December 9…Lunch Bunch….at noon at Mr. Lee’s in Cambridge

December 10…Lunch Bunch….at noon at Annie K’s in Barnesville

December 16…Friends of Faith….meets at noon @ Annie K’s

December 19…Breakfast Support Group….@ Patty’s Place in Caldwell at 9:00 AM

I am also available by phone or appointment. For more information on the above events, call 740-432-7440. Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a Happier New Year!

Terri Wootton MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW

Bereavement Coordinator


Bereavement Newsletter November 2019

November 2019

Happy Thanksgiving…A time to be thankful.  I never realized how many holidays had the words “happy” or “merry” attached to the day or the season prior to taking my current job as bereavement counselor.  I soon became aware that these words frequently have a hollow ring for many during the holidays.  But as we begin this stretch of the holidays, I encourage you to focus on the true meaning of Thanksgiving, for there are many things for which we can be thankful. Memories are precious.  Share some of those with a friend this holiday season. It may mean that you have to make the choice to be thankful.  But I believe as you do, you will feel it in your spirit.

            If you are struggling this season, we at hospice will be glad to help in any way we can. We are offering a holiday memorial service on Thursday,  December 5 @ 6:00pm at Southgate Hotel. It is open to the public. Feel free to bring someone with you to honor your loved ones. I invite you to come and share the evening with the hospice staff. A time of refreshments will follow.

 Many other activities are lined up for the upcoming month as well. Hope to see you soon.

November 11 “Lunch Bunch” 12:00 @ Mr. Lee’s.  An informal time to eat and share with others who have experienced a loss.                                Call for information.

November 12Lunch group @ noon @ Annie K’s in Barnesville

November18“Friends of Faith” group @ NOON @ Annie K’s in Barnesville

November 21- Breakfast at Patty’s Place @9:00 a.m. (Note the date change due to holiday)

 Feel free to contact me with any questions at 432-7440.

 Blessings,

Terri Wootton MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW

Bereavement Coordinator


Bereavement Newsletter October 2019

October 2019

           Fall is now upon us!  Fall forces us to reevaluate some things.  Our wardrobe is one of them.  It is time to pull out the heavier insulation! We need extra protection from the elements and surrounding environment.  This may also be true for you at this point in your grief journey.  Extra or additional precautions must be taken for you to get through this season of life.  It is important for you to take care of your emotional needs as well as your

physical needs.  This is a time in your life when it is vital for you to express your feelings, ask and accept help, and be kind to yourself.  You also need to get plenty of rest, eat healthy, and be alert for physical problems.  You may also begin to set short term and long term goals.  You may want to try a new activity, such as joining a club or organization, take a new course, do some volunteer work, or evaluate your career goals.  Whatever the case may be, find a purpose for the season in which you are now living.  We at hospice will be glad to help in any way we can.  Many activities are lined up for the upcoming month.  It would be great to see you at some of them. Check your calendar and plan ahead.

 October 8– Lunch Bunch at Annie K’s at NOON.

October 14 – Lunch Bunch at noon at Mr. Lee’s.

October 21-Friends of Faith @ noon @ Annie K’s

October 24-Breakfast group at 9:00 am @ Patty’s Place in Belle Valley.

 We will have a fall painting workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 5:30-7:00pm at the Hospice Office. Lois Merrill will be leading the group. Please RSVP to me to reserve your spot. Watch for us on Facebook!

 Contact me with any questions at 740-432-7440.

Blessings,

Terri Wootton MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW

Bereavement Coordinator


Bereavement Newsletter September 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019 

It’s really 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 your life as to honor your loved one.  Seasons come and go, but memories will live on forever.

I am really grateful that I have the opportunity to speak words into your 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 9- “Lunch Bunch” at Mr. Lee’s in Cambridge at noon.

September 10- “Lunch Bunch” at Annie K’s in Barnesville at noon.

September 16- Friends of Faith meets @ noon @ Annie K’s in Barnesville

September 26- Breakfast Support Group at 9:00 a.m. @ Patty’s Place in Belle Valley

May a smile touch your soul today!

Terri Wootton MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW

Bereavement Coordinator

 


Bereavement Newsletter August 2109

August 2019

The summer is quickly slipping away. Summer will soon turn into fall. And whether it has been a week, a month, or a year since the loss of your loved one, you will soon realize that life still goes on.  As much as we feel that the whole world should stop when our loved one dies, (for ours certainly did) the seasons continue to come and go. And we are forced to adjust.

All the feelings that overwhelm you when a loved one dies deserve your attention.  They are important openings to greater awareness:  about the relationship you shared, your own needs, the meaning of life. And they take time!!! They are also the steps to your recovery, for there is no way out but through.  Only by letting yourself experience grief can you move beyond it.  Beyond—not to your old way of being or what once was “normal”, but beyond to fully integrating loss into your life, to richer understanding, renewed purpose, and deeper spirituality.

Grieving is painful and demanding.  But healing does come.  The deep pain will subside and you will find yourself able to reflect on your loved one, how your life was and how it is now, and begin to think about how your life will be in the future. Personally, I lost my best friend. The void still exists when I can no longer share the excitement and pictures of my grandbabies or just pick up the phone and talk about my day! A BIG sigh …but I can testify that the pain has lessened in intensity. It no longer consumes me, but I will never forget her. She, in many ways, helped shape me into how I respond today. She will always be present in my life.

You don’t have to go through this time alone.  As part of our Hospice family, please take advantage of the services we offer.  I am also available by phone or appointment.

August activities at Hospice:

 Aug. 12: “Lunch Bunch” at Mr. Lee’s at 12:00. Lunch on your own.  It is a time of food and fellowship with others who have suffered a loss. For information, call 740-432-7440.

Aug. 13:   Support lunch group @ Annie K’s in Barnesville @ NOON

Aug. 19: Friends of Faith @ NOON @ Annie K’s in Barnesville.

Aug. 22: Breakfast Support Group @ Patty’s Place in Caldwell @ 9:00 am

Hope to see you or talk with you soon!

BLESSINGS!

Terri Wootton  MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW

Bereavement Coordinator


Bereavement Newsletter July 2019

July 2019

The month begins with a BANG—a strong reminder of freedom.  For many, the July 4th celebration means a picnic and fireworks.  Sometimes the real meaning of the holiday is lost.  Freedom can mean different things to different people.  For some it does have the meaning of being able to live as we do in this country.  For others, it may take on a new connotation.  At this time in your life you may view your loved one as having been set free at last from their suffering.  The hardships and illness that led to this time in your life are past, and now you must find a way to go on.  Freeing yourself from living in the past is sometimes very difficult.  Establishing a new norm for your life is essential and often requires energy you may not feel you possess.  Others may be needed to help you along the way to healing.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  We are also here to help in any way that we can.  We offer various programs that I hope you will consider.

 July’s upcoming events include:

 July 8          “Lunch Bunch” 12:00 at Mr. Lee’s in Cambridge

July 9           “Lunch Group” 12:00 at Annie K’s in Barnesville

July 15         Friends of Faith  12:00 at Annie K’s in Barnesville

July 25         Grief Support Breakfast @ 9:00 am @Patty’s Place in Belle Valley

July 27         Flamingo MEMORIAL Run:   Sometimes doing something tangible is a special way to honor your loved one…You can do that with us in a one mile walk or a 5K. All monies will benefit patient care and bereavement services. (Check out our facebook or web page.)

 Remember that I am also available for one on one time. I hope this season in life has you choosing to focus on the positives.

Blessings!

Terri Wootton MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW

Bereavement Coordinator                     


Bereavement Newsletter June 2019

June 2019

 I just now looked ahead at the weather forecast for the week. It promises to be warm and sunny on the outside, but I know that all of you are not feeling its warmth on the inside. Because it may be stormy in your present circumstances, you may have to dig deep to find some hope of sunshine. But without hope, our spirit withers and dies! I am here to remind you that there is also hope in the stormy season of grief. The following sums it up for us:

  The Hidden Power of the Heart

When the heart is enlivened again, it feels like the sun coming out after a week of rainy days.  There is hope in the heart that chases the clouds away.  Hope is a brighter heart frequency and as you begin to reconnect with your heart, hope is waiting to show you new possibilities and arrest the downward spiral of grief and loneliness.  It becomes a matter of how soon you want the sun to shine.  Listening to the still, small voice in your heart will make hope into a reality.       – Sara Paddison

I particularly like the line that says : “It becomes a matter of how soon you want the sun to shine.”  We do have control over much of it.  I pray that you will listen to the small voice in your heart as you move towards healing.  And remember, we are here to help.

 June events:

June 10: “Lunch Bunch” at Mr. Lee’s at noon.  Come share lunch with others who have suffered a loss, and make a new friend.

June 11: Lunch Support Group  @ NOON @ Annie K’s in Barnesville

June 17: Friends of Faith support group meets @ NOON @ Annie K’s 

June 27: Breakfast Support Group @ 9 am at Patty’s Place in Caldwell.

 July 1-3 Kids Kamp at Deerassic Park from 10-2 each day. 

                       Kids ages 6-12 eligible.  Call Lois or Terri for details at 432-7440.  

 I pray God’s blessings on you as you continue to “reconnect with your heart”.

 Terri Wootton LISW, ACHP-SW

Bereavement Coordinator

 


Bereavement Newsletter May 2019

MAY 2019  

  Just as we have always heard that April showers bring May flowers, it is also true that we grow as we walk along the path of grief. Buried inside each of us is the potential to blossom into something beautiful after we have come through the rain. As I write this, I am taking time to look back over the last few years and reflect on the losses I have experienced. You see…I have lost my dad and my dearest friend since working here at hospice; BUT I have learned that I must leave the rains and storms of yesterday behind me and move into a new season where there can once again be flowers in bloom. My life must go on, and I have concluded that my loved ones would want that for me. It is my desire for you to learn the meaning of this as well.

 

 May brings with it Memorial Day and a time of honoring those we love.  For the average person, Memorial Day means a three-day weekend, and a time of rest or relaxation. But you probably do not feel like the average person at this time in your life, so I encourage you to do something that will honor the one you love in a different way than might be the norm.  You may choose to plant a tree or shrub in your garden… one that will remind you of the one who is no longer with you.  In time, it will be a comfort and a joy to behold.  It is a living, breathing thing-something with life… just like you will remember your loved one as it ushers in precious memories of your times together.  Plant it and water it with love! Enjoy it for years to come!

 

Upcoming events:

            May 7:    Stepping Stone Workshop @ 5:30 pm @ Hospice. See insert.

May 13:  Lunch Bunch Support Group at Mr. Lee’s 12:00 noon.

May 14:  Barnesville Lunch Bunch @ 12:00 pm @ Annie K’s

         May 20:  Friends of Faith @ noon @ Annie K’s in Barnesville

            May 23:  Support breakfast @ Patty’s Place @ 9:00 am in Caldwell

           

 

I hope to see you soon.  And as always, I’m available by phone at

740-432-7440. 

 

God Bless!

 

Terri Wootton MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW

Bereavement Coordinator


Bereavement Newsletter Apr 2019

April showers bring May flowers…March excites me for it brings with it the promise of spring.  Then comes the rainy season! April, for me, is the tunnel through which I must pass to reach the other side of winter. It may be dreary and cold, and at times a little tiresome; but it is necessary to get me to the warmth and joy that summer offers. So, here I go.  Follow me if you will.

As you move into the summer of your grief journey, you will have left behind cold and rainy days. You will experience hard times before experiencing the joy and sunshine of tomorrow, and those times will change the person you are.  They will mold you into the person you are to become.  I pray that as you begin that journey and continue to walk along the pathway, you will have a hope of better tomorrows and sunshiny days.  Allow someone else to walk beside you and be your friend.  Let them hold your hand or cry with you.  Allow someone else to be your strength if needed.  Allow yourself to change.  Also, remember we are here if you need us in the months to come. There are always events offered to lend support.  Feel free to take advantage of them.  We want to help you on your journey towards healing.

 

 Upcoming events: There are many things happening in the area of bereavement. Check them out!

 April 8: “Lunch Bunch” 12:00 noon at Mr. Lee’s. (own expense) This is a group that lends itself to fellowship, support and food.  Join us.

 April 9: Lunch Group in Barnesville @ NOON @ Annie K’s.

 April 15: Friends of Faith @ noon @ Annie K’s

 April 25 : Breakfast Support group  @9:00 am at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley

 GRIEF SHARE ( a 13 week grief support group) will be starting April 30. Ask for more information!

 

As always, if you have any questions or if you need to talk, I am available at 740-432-7440.  With warm thoughts…

 Terri Wootton  MSW, LISW, ACHP-SW                                                                 

Bereavement Coordinator

                                                                          


Bereavement Newsletter Mar 2019

March 2019

SPRING ! The calendar says 28 days, but this past weekend was a bit deceiving… WINDY and COLD, but the week ahead looks promising for sunshine ! Hopefully March will bring an early spring and more of the sunshine I so love. The days are becoming longer and I would love to begin to think of outside chores and activities. I am already decorating the outdoor patio in my mind. One of my favorite spots is the old porch swing.  I love to sit on it and watch the world go by.  It gives me great peace, and occasionally I’ll grab a nap after a busy day at work.  It is my get-a-way for a few needed moments.

As March brings springtime, I hope it also brings for you sunshine and hope in the new season. It is only natural to have dreary days mixed in with the sunshine, so don’t be discouraged when they creep in.  Just try to stay focused.  Plan an activity that will bring you joy, and act upon it.  Have lunch with a friend, feed the ducks, or take a walk.  But what­ever you do, look for that moment or activity that gives you a few minutes of peace, and bask in its warmth.  It may be what gets you through to the next season.

But no matter where you find yourself as you read this, remember that we at Hospice are here to lend you support along the way.  Our upcoming events for the month of March are as follows:

March 11 “Lunch Bunch” at Mr. Lee’s at noon.  We meet for a time of fellowship and sharing. Lunch is on your own. Everyone welcome.

             March 12– Lunch Bunch at Annie K’s (Barnesville) at noon . Anyone who may enjoy   eating and talking with others, please join us.

March 18– “Friends of Faith” meets at NOON at Annie K’s in Barnesville.

March 28– Breakfast support group meets @ 9 :00 am @ Patty’s Place in   Belle Valley

If you have questions about any of the events, or you just need someone to talk to, call me at 432-7440.  May spring shine upon you!

 

Terri Wootton MSW, LISW, AHPC-SW

Bereavement Coordinator


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