To help adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will sponsor a workshop on Getting through the Holiday Season after a Loss on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m.-noon.
The holiday season is traditionally a time of joy and family and gift-giving but for those who are struggling to cope with grief and loss, holiday cheer can feel like an affront. Festive celebrations can underscore just how lonely people feel.
The workshop will be conducted by Bonnie Verses, a grief and bereavement counselor with Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. She will address such common responses to loss as loneliness and depression.
“For many people, the pain of loss is felt most keenly during the holiday season,” said Ms. Verses. “We can be flooded with memories at this time of year. Memories of our loved ones may bring comfort but they can also be painful and especially vivid during the holidays. Whether the loss is recent or not, this is an especially difficult time of year and help with bereavement becomes particularly important,” she says, adding, “In this workshop we will discuss feelings of grief and sadness that well up at this time of year. We will explore ways to promote healing as well as discuss strategies for coping with stress and loss during this emotionally laden season.”
The workshop will be held at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center at I-Park, 761 Main Ave./Rte. 7, at the intersection of Kent Road, on the Wilton/Norwalk town line.
The workshop is open to the public and there is no fee for participation but advanced registration is required. For additional information, or to register to attend the workshop on Getting through the Holiday Season after a Loss, contact Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County at 203.762.8958.