Hospice Georgian Triangle is a safe place to grieve.
Through peer support and group programs, HGT is able to provide the warm arms that are needed as family & friends deal with the death and dying process. You can call the office at 705-444-2555 to inquire about our programs but check with your family doctor to see if additional support is required and where you can turn to for professional support.
Reverend Lynda Graham from First Presbyterian Church came into Hospice Georgian Triangle on Tuesday, October 15th to deliver little ‘Dammit’ dolls for our Fall 2013 Adult Bereavement Group. These little fabric figures are wonderful to shake, squeeze, slap or slam in periods of great frustration! Many thanks to the Dammit Doll Committee for understanding the needs of grieving adults to physically express their grief.
Guide for Helping Others with Grief
Book: I Wasn’t Ready to Say Good-bye
Don’t try to find the magic words or formula to eliminate the pain of loss, Nothing can do that. Your role is simply to be there. Don’t worry about what to say or do, just be present for the grieving person to lean on when needed.
Don’t try to minimize the loss or make the person feel better. When we care, we hate to see friends in pain. We want to say “I know how you feel” or “maybe it was for the best”. This can work in some situations, but never with grief.
Help with responsibilities. A life has ended, but life itself has not. One of the best ways to help is to run errands, prepare food, take care of the kids, do laundry and help with simple chores.
Don’t expect the person to reach out to you. Many friends say, “call me if there is anything I can do”. In the first stages, grievers are overwhelmed at the simple thought of picking up a phone. If you are close, simply stop in and begin to help. People need it but don’t think to ask.
Talk through decisions. Bereaved people report having difficulty with decision making. Be a sounding board for your friend to help them explore their alternatives,
Don’t be afraid to say the name of their loved one. Bereaved people usually speak of them often, and believe it or not, need to hear that precious name and stories about their beloved. In fact, many grievers welcome this.