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'Grief and the Holidays' workshop slated for Oct. 16

Posted 9/20/22

Grief and the Holidays — an educational workshop on how to embrace the holidays while grieving the loss of a loved one, will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16.

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'Grief and the Holidays' workshop slated for Oct. 16

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NEW HARTFORD — Grief and the Holidays, an educational workshop on how to embrace the holidays while grieving the loss of a loved one, will be held 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, at New Hartford First United Methodist Church, 105 Genesee St.

The festive holiday season can be challenging for those grieving the death of a loved one. They find themselves torn between the need to grieve and pressure to get into the holiday spirit. For those who have experienced a loss some traditions this year will be new, different, or may not occur at all.

The workshop will help attendees learn ways to cope with grief during the holiday season, determine what is right for them and their families and refocus energy on positive activities that honor and remember their loved ones. This workshop will acknowledge the changes and limitations, but also work on alternative activities and meaningful ways to be with family and friends.

The focus will be on how to build bridges from the past to the present by altering expectations to meet current needs. Included in the program is a ceremony to celebrate the lives of the loved one’s participants have lost.

At the conclusion, refreshments will be served offering time to continue the support and comfort found during the program.

Pre-registration is required by Monday, Oct. 14. To register, call Hospice & Palliative Care at 315-735-6484, ext. 1214 or 1-800-317-5661. Anyone suffering a loss is welcome to attend, and their loved one did not have to be a hospice patient. There is no charge for bereavement groups or workshops. Donations will be accepted.

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