Free workshop for those grieving this holiday season

By: The Record

The festive holiday season can be challenging for those grieving the loss of a loved one. They may find themselves torn between the need to grieve and pressure to get into the holiday spirit. For these grievers and their families, Community Hospice & Palliative Care offers a free workshop, Hope for the Holidays. The annual program is designed to help people learn new ways to cope with grief, which can become amplified during the holiday season.

Community Hospice & Palliative Care bereavement counselors guide attendees through exercises and discussion to help grievers refocus energy on positive activities that honor and remember lost loved ones. The goal is for attendees to leave with a renewed sense of hope for the season to come.

“With Hope for the Holidays, we try to help people find ways to make the holiday season more meaningful by learning ways to remember and honor their loved ones and include them in the holiday season,” said Byron Beall, bereavement and community grief manager for Community Hospice & Palliative Care. “Whether the loss was recent or long ago, Hope for the Holidays can help.”

The workshop is scheduled from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Stephen R. Chapman Family Community Campus, 1355 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine.

Hope for the Holidays is one of a series of bereavement and grief programs offered year-round by Community Hospice & Palliative Care to support area residents grieving a loss, regardless of whether their loved one received hospice care.