Hospice of the Red River Valley Offers Free Community Grief Workshops in Fall 2017

2017 Fall Grief ClassesThis fall Hospice of the Red River Valley is offering free educational workshops for adults and youth who have recently experienced the death of a loved one.

Journeying Through Grief
Journeying Through Grief is a free class, or series of classes depending on location, designed for those who are recently bereaved. It is intended for adults 18 years and older who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. The sessions will help you better understand the grief process, explore methods of self-care, and embrace and carry memories with you as you move forward. Journeying Through Grief will be held at several locations throughout our service area.

Youth Journeys
Youth Journeys is a day-long program for youth, ages 6 to 18, who have lost a loved one. The day is broken down into sections, allowing youth a chance to explore how the death of their loved one has affected their lives, their feelings, self-care and how to embrace memories. Youth will have an opportunity to meet our pet therapy dogs. The day ends with a celebration of life service. Parents/guardians are also required to attend a portion of the day. Food and snacks are provided throughout the day.

How to Help a Grieving Friend
When a friend loses a loved one through death, we struggle to know what to do. Working through grief involves accepting the loss, experiencing the pain of that loss and creating a different bond or relationship with the person you have lost. This presentation offers attendees ways to help a friend who has experienced the loss of a loved one.

Transitions: Beyond Widowhood
Transitions: Beyond Widowhood is a five-session class for men and women who wish to address the more practical aspects of widowhood. This class is not intended for those widowed less than one year. Discussion topics include maintaining emotional and physical health, home maintenance, making connections, dating and financial planning. Pre-screening and pre-registration are required. The registration fee is $25 per person. Scholarships are available.

Grief During the Holidays
Managing grief in times of celebration can be overwhelming. Suffering the loss of a loved one is difficult any time of the year, but the holiday season can intensify feelings of loss. This presentation will enable attendees to identify and learn how to manage the mixed and painful emotions that can surface when grieving during the holidays. Participants will also learn important self-care strategies. This class is free and open to the public, no pre-registration is required.

Registration is required for some classes because space is limited. We are committed to making educational and support opportunities available to our communities. To register for classes, call (800) 237-4629 and ask for the bereavement department.

All classes except Beyond Widowhood ($25 fee, scholarships are available) are FREE of charge; however, donations are always welcome to help offset the costs involved.

Hospice of the Red River Valley also offers a variety of support groups at several locations. It is our hope that these programs will equip attendees with a better understanding of grief and loss, as well as a place to find others who have shared a similar experience. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (800) 237-4629.

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