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There is help

Dear Editor:

Losing a loved one is one of the most traumatic events of a person’s life. In our work at Hospice of the Valley we see the effects of grief on those we serve, and we are aware of recent accidents and suicides in our valley. Often families and friends feel confused, disoriented, estranged, and wonder “what is happening to me?”

As part of our mission and commitment to the community we are offering a discussion and support group to allow people to understand and explore the nature of their grief. The Newly Bereaved Group is designed to explore these issues over three Tuesday evenings, Oct. 13, 20, 27 from 5:30-7 p.m., at the Hospice of the Valley office, 234 Cody Lane in Basalt. Participants are asked to attend all three sessions. This format provides a sense of continuity and a chance to connect with others from the beginning.

The combination of education, interwoven with discussion in a supportive and safe environment has proven to be very beneficial. We recently held these groups in Rifle, and the participants did not want the group to end. The groups are open to all in the community who have experienced a recent loss, including health care staff who are dealing with the loss of patients. We are asking people to register by calling 927-6650 so that we may prepare the appropriate materials and handouts.

On behalf of all the staff at Hospice of the Valley I want to add that we are honored to serve people at a very vulnerable time in their lives.

Marti Stude

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Licensed clinical social worker, Hospice of the Valley, Basalt