Delta Hospice Society offer support for those in grief

The Delta Hospice Society exists so that people in Delta impacted by a life-threatening illness, end of life or loss of lifeexperience relief of suffering. The society knows thedeath of a loved one or friend can be a very difficult experience.

Grief can be described as the human experience in response to loss. Following the death of a loved one, it is very natural to grieve. An individual may grieve not only the loss of the person, but also the hopes, dreams, needs and expectations of that person. How one experiences grief is unique and each person must work through their own personal journey of loss.

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The booklets Understanding Grief and When Someone Dies are free and offers practical help for family and friends. They are available in paper form at the Centre for Supportive Care. They are also viewable on the society’s website at www.deltahospice.org under the Learning Resources tab.

Delta Hospice offers three free groups this fall for those who are living with grief experiences.

If you recently experienced the death of a loved one, thenconsider joining a safe and supportive group for bereaved adults to share with and listen to others in similar situations and learn to navigate your grief process.

If you are recently bereaved and interested in self-care practices, join a group to learn a variety of self-care techniques and participate in experiential guided relaxation to help address feelings of depression, exhaustion and anxiety as they relate to grief.

And finally if your recentloss was due to suicide and want the support of othersin similar circumstances, join the adult Suicide Grief Support Group where you can share your feelings and thoughts in a safe and supportive environment, learn about coping strategies and resources, and develop community with others.

Delta Hospice Society also emphasizes the palliative approach which offers care and support to people early on from the time of a life-threatening diagnosis. It offers a Restorative Yoga group for people living with cancer where body, breath and mind come together in fully supported reclining yoga positions.

For more information about all the society’s free groups and services, call 604-948-0660 or drop in to the Centre for Supportive Care, 4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent, Ladner.

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