SPRING! The calendar says 3 weeks. But we can hardly complain. It have been a mild winter. But there is something about the promise of spring and the week ahead does look promising for mild temperatures! 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 outsidechores and activities. I always begin thinking about decorating the outdoor patio at this point in time (at least 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 7 New Griefshare class starts
March 12 – Lunch Bunch at Barnesville Library annex at Noon
March 14 – “Lunch Bunch” at Mr. Lee’s at Noon
March 27 – “Coffee with Chris” MENS ONLY coffee group to meet the last Wednesday of the month at 9:00 AM at the East Wheeling Ave Wendy’s in Cambridge. Chris is the former chaplain of Hospice and will be leading the group.
March 28 – Breakfast support group at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley at 9:00 AM
April 12-14 – Women’s Retreat.
If you have questions about any of the events, or you just need someone to talk to, call me at 740-432-7440. I CAN meet with you one on one. May spring shine upon you!
By now you have had time to settle in to the new year just a little bit. Christmas decorations are down and tucked away for another year. To many, that may seem like a relief. Many emotions are flying at the thought of what the new year might hold. To some, it may mean a new beginning…this year has to be better than the last. Others might wonder how they can possibly go on…face the new year without their loved one. By now you have come to the realization that the world does not stop for you, no matter if you feel that it should. I am here to encourage you that things will get easier. You will in some way adjust. But I want to encourage you not to go at it alone. Find someone that will be a support and encouragement to you in the days and weeks ahead. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.” If you feel you need someone to talk to, I am available for one on one time. There are also many events that take place throughout the month that you might find helpful. Give some of them a try.
February 8-“Lunch Bunch” at Mr. Lee’s at Noon
February 13-Support group at the Barnesville Library Annex at Noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a time of fellowship and support
February 22-Breakfast Support Group at 9:00 AM at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley
February 28-“Coffee with Chris”. Men’s coffee and support group at 9:00 AM. The group meets at various places in the community. If interested, contact me for details of this month’s location
If you have any questions about any of the events, or you find yourself just needing a listening ear, call me at 740-432-7440.
A new year is upon us! Where does the time go? When I was young, I hated it when someone said how fast the time went, for as a child, I didn’t believe it and I couldn’t wait for the years to pass! Now it is sometimes just a reminder of what was. It is sometimes hard not to wish those days and years back. But, as we are so aware, we cannot! We do, however, need to remind ourselves to make the most of today and pray for a happier tomorrow.
For many of you, this New Year may be a reminder of who will not be with you as you face tomorrow. A friend once shared four little words with me that might help to make a difference in your days. They are “I have a choice”. We can choose to worry and be upset at life’s circumstances, or we can choose to move ahead one day at a time, making our life count for something. It has been said…”Those who grieve well–heal well! They also live well–living in the now!” I hope we can begin to do that together in the coming year.
January 9-Lunch Bunch at Barnesville Library Annex at Noon. Bring your lunch
January 11-Lunch Bunch at Mr. Lee’s Restaurant in Cambridge at Noon.
January 25-Support Breakfast at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley at 9:00 AM
January 31-Coffee with Chris: Men only coffee and support group meets at 9:00 AM at various places around the area. If interested, contact me for details of the upcoming month’s location.
If you have any questions, call me at 740-432-7440. I am also available for one-on-one time. Remember that together and with support, we can make it through each new day.
As you enter the last month of the year, you have already survived on 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 feeling beautifully!
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 the 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 through the toughest times. I pray you will allow your loved one to shine through you in some way this holiday season. We will be meeting together to remember our loved ones at the Holiday Memorial Service on December 7th. We will light a candle in their honor/memory, sing a chorus or two and share a good story with those around us.
December 12-Lunch Bunch at Barnesville Library Annex at Noon
December 14-Lunch Bunch at Mr. Lee’s at Noon
** PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE**December 21-Breakfast at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley at 9AM.
There will be NO Coffee with Chris this month. The group will reconvene in January
I am available by phone or appointment. For more information about the above events, call 740-432-7440.
Wishing you a blessed Christmas and a Happier New Year! Terri Wooton MSW, LISW, Bereavement Coordinator
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 must 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 7 at 5:30pm at SOUTHGATE HOTEL. It is located on Southgate parkway across from Sheetz and next to McDonald’s in Cambridge. 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. It will be a short service, including a candle-lighting. A time of refreshments will follow. Hope to see you there.
Many other activities are lined up for the upcoming month as well. Hope to see you soon.
November 9-“Lunch Bunch” at Noon at Mr. Lee’s. This is an informal time to eat and share with others who have experienced a loss.
November 14-Lunch group at Noon at the Barnesville Library Annex (Bring your own lunch and we will eat together)
**(Please note the date change due to the holiday) November 16-Breakfast at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley at 9am
November 29-Coffee with Chris: Men’s coffee/support group at 9am. This group meets at various places around the community. If interested, please call for details.
Feel free to contact me with any questions at 740-432-7440.
Fall is now upon us! Fall forces us to reevaluate some things. 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 10-Lunch Bunch at Georgia Gallagher’s Home (734 Bond Ave. Barnesville). Bring your lunch and join us at 12 Noon.
October 12-Lunch Bunch at Mr. Lee’s at 12 Noon.
October 25-Coffee with Chris: Men’s coffee/support group meets at 9 AM at various places around our communities. If interested, please contact me for details of the upcoming month’s location.
October 26-Breakfast Group at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley at 9 AM
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 your life as to honor your loved one. Seasons come and go, but memories will live on forever.
I am grateful that I can 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 12-“Lunch Bunch” at Barnesville Library Annex at Noon September 14-“Lunch Bunch” at Mr. Lee’s in Cambridge at Noon
NEW SUPPORT GROUP STARTING THIS MONTH Beginning September 20 from 2-4 PM at the Hospice office. This will be a 9 week group. “Understanding Grief and helping yourself heal” Contact Terri for details: 740-432-7440
September 27-Coffee with Chris: Men’s coffee/support group meets at 9 AM at various places around the community. If interested, contact Terri for details of this month’s location September 28-Breakfast support group at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley at 9 AM
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 deserves 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 have lost some very good friends. The void still exists when I can no longer share the excitement and pictures of my grandkids 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 them. They, in many ways, helped shape me into how I respond today. They 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 8: Lunch Group to meet at Barnesville Park at Noon. Bring your lunch.
August 10: “Lunch Bunch” at Mr. Lee’s at Noon. Lunch on your own. It is a time of food and fellowship with others who have suffered a loss.
August 24: Breakfast Support Group at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley at 9:00 AM
August 30: Coffee with Chris: Men’s coffee/support group at 9:00 AM. They meet at various places around the community. If interested, contact me for details on the upcoming month’s location.
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 11-Lunch Group at 12 Noon at the Barnesville Park; Bring a sack lunch
July 13-Lunch Bunch at 12 Noon at Mr. Lee’s in Cambridge
July 22-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 website)
July 26-Coffee with Chris: Men’s coffee/support group meets at 9 AM at various places in the community. If interested, contact me for details of upcoming month’s locations
July 27-Grief Support Breakfast at 9 AM at Patty’s Place in Belle Valley
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!