Grief Support During the Holidays - Genesis HealthCare System - Zanesville, Ohio

Grief Support During the Holidays

Zanesville, OH (Dec. 16, 2014) – The holidays might not be the most wonderful time of the year for anyone who has recently lost a friend or loved one. Celebrating the holidays can be difficult when you’re grieving. You don’t have to go through it alone. Genesis Hospice offers grief counseling and support groups for anyone in the community. Kelli Ross, M.S.W., L.S.W., a bereavement consultant at Genesis, offers ways to cope: 

  • Surround yourself with family and friends you feel safe with. Also, let your friends and families know when you need time to yourself to rest or reflect. It’s OK to enjoy time alone as long as you’re not isolating yourself. 
  • You might experience a wide range of emotions. Remember, it’s OK to cry, and it’s all right to laugh. Give yourself permission to do both, and surround yourself with people who respect that. Everyone experiences grief differently. 
  • Remember your loved one with a holiday tradition such as lighting a candle, sharing memories around the dinner table, or hanging a stocking or special ornament. You could also make a donation in their memory, plant a tree or buy presents for an adopted family. Have a plan B so if your original plan just doesn’t feel right, you can go with an alternate plan.
  • Talk with a trusted friend or family member, clergy, teacher or counselor – don’t hold your feelings in. There isn’t a time frame for grieving. If you need to cry 500 tears, don’t stop at 250.

To find out more about grief counseling and support groups in your local community, call (740) 454-5364.

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Genesis is an integrated health care delivery system based in Southeastern Ohio. The system includes Genesis Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital in Zanesville; Centers of Excellence for Cancer Care, Heart & Vascular, Women’s, Emergency & Trauma, Neurosciences & Orthopedics; an extensive network of more than 300 physicians; and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region.

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