Grief Support Services from Mary Washington Healthcare
Grief is a healthy response to death
Our grief counselors and volunteers at Mary Washington Grief Support Services
are specifically trained to listen closely to your concerns, answer your
questions, and offer encouragement, empathy and support. No two experiences
are the same. Just as our lives differ, the journey through grief is unique.
Our mission is to nurture individuals and families along their grief journey
as they cope with the death of a loved one. All programs are provided
at no cost to the participant. We are here for individuals and families
in the community and are funded by the community through private donations,
fund raising events and grants.
The following responses (and more) to a death or tragic event are all normal:
- Loss of meaning
- Questioning Faith
- Sleep Disturbance
- Heaviness in chest
- Physical Aches
- Peacefulness or Relief
Grief places your body through a substantial amount of stress. Part of
moving through the grieving process involves treating your body carefully
so that you have strength to move forward. Making sure you’re eating
healthy meals, walking and exercising, and sleeping well can give you
the strength to better face your circumstances. Lightening your schedule
while grieving may improve your well-being. Try temporarily reducing your
work hours, taking some time off, implementing relaxation techniques,
and setting aside time for yourself.
If you need help coping with grief, we are open to all community members,
regardless of whether your loved one was a patient with us. Call 540.741.3580
for more information.
Mary Washington Healthcare Grief Support Groups, Classes and Special Events
Groups are not meeting in person due to COVID-19, but please call
540.741.1874 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org to complete a referral. We do have additional support we are offering
during these unprecedented times, so please reach out.