HONESDALE - Free workshops on coping with the grieving process will be offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital again this spring. The six-week session will provide support and focus on grief as a normal part of an individual’s transition through life. The spring sessions will be held Monday evenings from 5:00 until 6:00 from April 17th through May 22nd in Conference Room #3 on the second floor of Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Grief has been described as a distinctive cluster of common emotional, physical and spiritual reactions to loss. “This description does not diminish how traumatic a loss can be for the griever,” said former Grief Support Coordinator Neil Petrosky, LCSW. “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.”

Acknowledging that grief is a very individual process, 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 support group will be facilitated by Rev. Edward K. Erb, Wayne Memorial Hospital and Hospice Chaplain and Hospital and Hospice Social Worker, Anna Walsh. The workshop will provide a safe place in which individuals can sort out their feelings and share as they are able and willing. No one will be required to share.           

Your experience will be enhanced by attending all sessions; however, it is understandable if you cannot attend some. You may enter or exit at any time. Participants are asked to complete a registration form, which can be found at www.wmh.org. More information can be had by e-mailing edwardkerb@aol.com.
Grief support workshops have been offered at Wayne Memorial since 2011.