In observance of November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Hospice of Warren County is acknowledging the importance of grief awareness.
Hospice of Warren County acknowledges the two million deaths in the U.S. each year which impact an approximately 20 million people.
Because grieving is a natural and normal response to death and other losses, all persons are urged to be sensitive and supportive of families, neighbors, friends and colleagues who are adjusting to significant loss in their lives, according to a Hospice spokesperson. Time set aside for grief awareness will heighten our awareness of our human mortality and address our common need for mourning and healing, and will promote spiritual, mental, physical and emotional health.
Warren County Commissioners read a proclamation at their meeting recognizing the importance of grief awareness. Pictured representing Hospice of Warren County are, from left, Jean Walker, board member; Mary Schorman, bereavement counselor; and Toni Williams, nutritionist and counselor.
Hospice of Warren County encourages businesses, schools, faith communities, healthcare organizations, civic groups and neighbors to join us in observing this special time of grief awareness of every person's right to grieve in the face of death and loss.
Grief is not an event, but a process. Too often in our society, people believe that after the first few weeks after a loss life continues on as before the death of a loved one.
Hospice banners emphasizing grief information will be seen in numerous locations throughout the community in November. An ecumenical memorial service was held Nov. 4 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market St., Warren. Hospice of Warren County will have its annual meeting in the Slater Room of the Warren Public Library on Nov. 18.
During November, Hospice of Warren County stresses the availability of its bereavement services for persons of all ages who are dealing with grief.