HONESDALE  - A six-week grief workshop for survivors of the suicide of a loved one will be offered in May by Wayne Memorial Hospice and the Pike/Wayne Suicide Awareness Committee. Designed for adults, the free workshop will provide education and support in coping with the grieving process, with particular stress on reactions that may be felt especially acutely by suicide survivors, such as shame, guilt, anger, isolation, and re-experiencing the trauma.
According to Facilitator Neil Petrosky, LSW, “grief can best be described as a distinctive cluster of common emotional, physical and spiritual reactions to loss. This description of grief in no way diminishes how traumatic a loss can be for the griever.  Rather, it says we can identify with each other as human beings who all struggle with the death of a loved one. We have the ability join together and help one another through this struggle.”
            Grief is a very individual process, said Petrosky, and the workshop will encourage participants to explore their own solutions to the challenges of living without their loved ones.
            Each session will be held at Wayne Memorial Hospital from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: May 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5 and 12.  A registration form can be found on www.wmh.org or obtained from Petrosky at 570-253-8608. Please mail the completed registration form to Neil Petrosky, LSW, Wayne Memorial Hospital 601 Park Street Honesdale, PA 18431 by May 5.
            The Wayne/Pike Suicide Awareness Committee is committed to decreasing isolation and reducing the stigmatization experienced by suicide loss survivors through education and support. In addition to this workshop, the Committee, in cooperation with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, also sponsors an annual “Out of the Darkness Walk.”