As a community service, Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care will host two Grief and the Holidays Workshops on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 S. First Street, Sunnyside, to help people cope with loss of a loved one.
"Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, New Year's, birthdays and anniversaries-just thinking about these special days spent with family and friends can bring back a flood of happy memories for most people. However, for others happy memories are dulled by the pain and sorrow of experiencing the holidays without a loved one who has died." said Carol Bos, volunteer coordinator for Hospice in Sunnyside.
She said that holidays and special days can be extremely difficult for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, especially during the first year after the death.
"At a time when everyone is supposed to be happy and enjoying themselves, the bereaved can feel sad, lonely and depressed," said Bos.
"But holidays do not necessarily have to be all sad. There are ways to help cope with grief during this time," she added.
The Grief and the Holiday Workshops planned by Hospice have been developed to do just that. The day time session will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and the evening session from 6 to 8 p.m. Content in both will be identical. Informational brochures in both English and Spanish will be available. Refreshments will be served.
For more information or to register, call Lower Valley Hospice at 509-837-1676.