HONESDALE - Wayne Memorial Hospital is offering a six-week workshop designed to provide education and support in coping with the grieving process.
The workshop will focus on grief as a normal part of an individual's transition through life.
As a normal life cycle experience, 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," said workshop facilitator and Licensed Social Worker Neil Petrosky. "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 1:30 to 3 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays starting May 21 through June 25.
The workshop will be offered free of charge. Workshop Co-facilitator will be Reverend William Rushik, a hospice chaplain and the pastor of South Canaan Free Methodist Church.
Participants are asked to complete a registration form, which can be found at www.wmh.org or by contacting Petrosky at 253-8608. He is also available for questions.