TODAY INTERVIEW: 13th Annual Grief Education Day

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

The 13th Annual Grief Education Day, ‘Good Grief’~ Feel, Deal Heal!, will be held Saturday, November 3rd from 9:30AM to 12:00PM at Wissota Springs Assisted Living, 2801 County Hwy I, Chippewa Falls, (immediately east of St. Joseph’s Hospital).

This is a FREE program offered to anyone experiencing pain and sadness after the death of someone close to them, and for their family and friends who wish to help support them through the grief process.

This year will feature two speakers, Rev. Barry Boyer and Dr. Rita Simon. Both Barry and Rita serve on the Chippewa County Grief Guidance Team, which sponsors this grief education event each year.

Barry and Rita have worked in the Chippewa Falls community for many years, Rev. Boyer as pastor for 26 years at the First Presbyterian Church, and Dr. Simon, as a Family Practice Physician for 15 years at Family Health Associates. Both have had personal experiences of grief that have inspired them to take time to seek out and gain much education on the grief journey. They continue to support people in the community who are grieving.

This year’s topic will focus on “Feeling, Dealing and Healing.” The morning’s message will help attendees understand the grief process which can then lessen the intensity of fear and grief pain. Topics of the day will include a discussion of the many feelings and reactions that may be experienced during grief process, common societal misconceptions about grief, how to take care of oneself while grieving, a discussion of the spiritual aspects of the grief journey, and strategies to manage the holidays while grieving.

Grief education is an important component in helping empower us and carry us through our grief. The more one knows and understands about what happens during the grief journey, the less scary and foreign it becomes. The more our support systems/people know and understand about grief, the more supportive they can be to us as we grieve. It is common for people who are grieving a death to feel very alone and be unable to reach out for help. It is very common for people who want to support a loved one in their grief to feel unsure of what to do or say or how to help. The mission of the annual grief education day is to give mourners and their support people information, understanding and tools to help them find their way through the maze of grief.

The 13th Annual Grief Education day will start with refreshments at 9:30 and the program will run from 10:00 to 12:00. There is no charge and no pre-registration required. There is time allotted for individual questions during the presentation and a wide variety of free grief educational literature is also available. Professionals are encouraged to attend and attendance certificates for 2 hours education are available.

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