Grief Support from Mary Washington Healthcare
Grief is a healthy response to death. Our grief counselors at Mary Washington
Hospice are specially trained to listen empathetically to your concerns,
answer your questions, offer encouragement, and provide caring support.
Our experiences are never the same as those of another. Just as our lives
differ, the journey through grief is unique to each person.
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
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 wellbeing. 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. To attend a grief support group contact Ann Bernardi
at 540.741.1874 or
Mary Washington Hospice Grief Support Programs
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 for the community and funded by
the community through private donations, fundraising events and grants.