HONESDALE  - A free workshop designed to help people cope with the grieving process will be offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital later this summer. The six-week session will provide education and support and focus on grief as a normal part of an individual’s transition through life.
        Grief can best be described as a distinctive cluster of common emotional, physical and spiritual reactions to loss, according to Neil Petrosky, a licensed social worker and workshop facilitator. “This description does not diminish how traumatic a loss can be for the griever,” said Petrosky. “Rather, it says that we can identify with each other as human beings who all struggle with the death of a loved one. We have the ability to join together and help one another through this struggle.”
            Noting that grief is a very individual process, Petrosky said the workshop will encourage participants to explore their own solutions to the challenges of living without their loved ones and dealing with the many changes that follow a loss.  The workshop will provide a safe place in which individuals can sort out which activities and time tables are right for them. 
            Your experience will be enhanced by attending all six sessions; however, it is understandable if you cannot attend each session. The sessions will be held at Wayne Memorial Hospital from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on consecutive Mondays starting August 4th and ending on September 15th.
            Participants are asked to complete a registration form, which can be found at www.wmh.org or by contacting Petrosky at 570-253-8608. He is also available for questions.