What is Secondary Grief?

Abby EmbryUncategorized

I feel many can agree that right now the passing of time feels…different. Today is the first day of June. For some, this is week 11 of strict social distancing and isolation during this pandemic. Even in our isolation we should take time to acknowledge that Spring has come! The honeysuckle buds are beginning to fall along with their sweet … Read More

New Wisdom

Abby EmbryUncategorized

On this Memorial Day, I am especially reflective about the many layers of grief we as a country bear on our shoulders. In this strange time I consider how we grieve collectively, nationally. The veterans we love, our family and friends, spent years of their lives protecting us. Today we honor them and are called to reflect on all veterans … Read More

Unexpected Triggers in Grief

Abby EmbryDeath and Dying

Outside my window I am serenaded by the raindrops, which, in these quiet isolating times, can offer a reflective atmosphere for checking in with yourself. Today’s subject is a heavy one. We are discussing “triggers.” As we move through these lessons and conversations in grief as a virtual group, talk about “triggers” comes up often. Triggers are sensory experiences that … Read More

Unfinished Business

Abby EmbryUncategorized

Today marks halfway through our Virtual Bereavement Support Group where our participants have shared their stories and pictures, laughed, and cried together using Zoom. It has been an incredible learning experience for all as we navigate this new way of connecting to one another. The group continues to be open to anyone to participate, you need not have attended the … Read More

Exploring Feelings in Grief

Abby EmbryUncategorized

It is the beginning of another week, deeper into this “new normal” of social distancing and isolation. No doubt for many of you every day is beginning to blur together. It is possible that time is losing some of its meaning for you, because your daily routines have changed so drastically. Recently, as I reflected on the name of this … Read More

Weekly Touchpoint: Myths and Truths on Grief

Abby EmbryUncategorizedLeave a Comment

This week’s Touchpoint centers primarily around dispelling some myths and sharing some truths about grief. When you enter a state of grief, in whatever circumstance that may be, you will face new challenges. One challenge is to “wade through” what people will say to you, usually out of a caring heart, but which may or may not be helpful for … Read More

Weekly Touchpoint: Telling Your Story

Abby EmbryGrief

Today we begin the first week in my 8-week series, giving you a virtual glimpse into the curriculum of the Seasonal Bereavement Support Group offered at HHSCW. During the journey of grief, whether it is from the death of a loved one, or through a traumatic experience that has changed your life and identity, you will probably tell your story … Read More

Weekly Touchpoint 4/13

Abby EmbryUncategorized

In these uncertain times it can be challenging to know where to look for comfort or support — our social connections are disrupted, and we are all experiencing a loss of connection or even the loss of a loved one. In times such as this, we are here to help. Beginning next week on Monday, and weekly on the Mondays … Read More

Longing for Hugs and Hands

Abby EmbryUncategorized

When I set out to become a chaplain, I knew it was important for me to experience working with individuals in a variety of ways so I could know if this work was something I could really do.  What I quickly learned after visits in nursing homes and private homes was how holding a hand, or offering a hug was … Read More

In Times of Need, Let’s Choose Each Other

Audrey SmithHospice

With the daily evolving crisis of COVID-19, we are navigating the unknown in our personal and community lives. Keeping ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors and our communities as healthy as possible, safe and equipped with basic needs, must be our first priorities. Collectively we are learning to manage and to LIVE within a pandemic. Kindness, compassion and patience matter … Read More