Mountain States Hospice to offer grief support group

6/7/2011


Mountain States Hospice will offer a grief support group this summer from June 15 to July 20. The group will meet every Wednesday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Health Resources Center in the Johnson City Mall.

The group is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Sessions will be led by professional bereavement counselors and will cover healthy ways of expressing grief, coping skills and finding closure.

“Everybody progresses through the grief process in his or her own way and in his or her own time,” said Brian Jones, director of Mountain States Hospice. “Sometimes well-intentioned family members will tell you it’s time to move on, but if you haven’t worked through the grief process, you’re not ready to do that. There is no cookie-cutter philosophy that works for everybody.”

This support group will offer participants a chance to work through their grief in a non-judgmental setting. Participants will not be required to share their stories or openly express their feelings, but they will have the opportunity to do so if they wish.

“I think most importantly, it offers the opportunity to normalize their feelings and to share them, knowing that they are not alone,” Jones said. “They will see other people who are experiencing those same feelings, and they will be reassured that it’s a normal part of the grieving process.”

There is no charge to participate, and the group is open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. For more information, call 423-431-6146.

About Mountain States Health Alliance

Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization based in Johnson City, Tenn., operates a family of hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region (Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina). MSHA offers a large tertiary hospital, several community hospitals, two critical access hospitals, rehabilitation, a children’s hospital, a behavioral health hospital, home care and hospice services as well as a comprehensive medical management corporation. Its 13,500 team members, associated physicians and volunteers are committed to its mission of bringing loving care to health care. For more information, visit www.msha.com.
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