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The January/February 2016 issue of Roots is out. You can download an electronic copy here.
This free presentation to the public is offered by staff at Home Care & Hospice of the Valley.
They will present a review and conversation about advanced directives, as well as end of life wishes and planning.
Andrea Grohmann, MSW, will educate the class about what Advance Directives are.
Gail Britt, Chaplain, will be presenting the 5 Wishes form.
Alison Bloom, LSW, will discuss how to go about having the difficult discussion.
Kristen Finneran, LPC, will touch base on bereavement.
HomeCare and Hospice of the Valley (HCHOTV) is proud to announce the arrival of Roots, the bi-monthly grief and bereavement newsletter.
Grief is one of the hardest things we experience as humans. Many metaphors are used in the description of loss. Grief is like a tidal wave crashing over our heads. At times the wave can suffocate us, taking our breath away; but at other moments the waves gently lap at our feet.
A root metaphor is an image, narrative or fact that shapes an individual’s perception of the world and understanding of reality. Much like a root metaphor, the process of bereavement, grief and mourning is the attempt to accept our new reality. Many times after a death our sense of what is right and what is wrong in the world is shattered. Bereavement represents the state of loss as a fact that someone we love has died.
Our grief is the internal response we experience physically, affectively, cognitively, behaviorally and spiritually. Our grief is how we react to the fact that someone has died. When we mourn we outwardly or publicly express loss through ritual and cultural practices. Many times we process grief and bereavement through sharing our stories.
Our hope is that Roots will offer helpful articles and suggestions in your time of loss. We grieve so heavily because we loved so much. Even in the most complicated relationships, we grieve. May this newsletter offer some guidance and support to you and your loved ones.
We are excited to announce that, on July 20, 2015, the Aspen Center for Social Values (ACSV) will host a free panel discussion featuring our own chaplain, Sean Jeung, in a discussion of the determination of death, end of life care and the right to die. Other panelists will include Dr. Teodora Forcht Dagi, a neurosurgeon and medical ethicist at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard University, Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, bioethicist at NASA, and Rabbi David Shabtai, MD.
This free public program will take place on July 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 435 West Main Street, Aspen, Colorado.
Emmy Lerma one of our volunteers and Sean Jeung (hospice chaplain) at the 2015 Garfield County Humanitarian Awards dinner where Emmy was being honored for her years of service.