Winter 2018 Bereavement Support Group

Hannah Creager

This support group is recommended for any adult in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one.  Focused resources on grief and coping are provided at each session, and conversation at each session is centered on the grief experience.  The group is an opportunity for those navigating the grief process to feel less alone on the journey. … Read More

Candlelight Memorial Service 2017

Hannah Creager

This is a nondenominational candlelight service to honor loved ones who have died over the last year. The service is open to anyone in the Williamsburg community desiring an opportunity to remember their loved one in a special way.  It includes reflective readings, music and the lighting of candles as a sign of remembrance. This year’s service will be held … Read More

Fall 2017 Bereavement Support Group

Hannah Creager

This support group is recommended for any adult in the community who is grieving the death of a loved one.  Focused resources on grief and coping are provided at each session, and conversation at each session is centered on the grief experience.  The group is an opportunity for those navigating the grief process to feel less alone on the journey. … Read More

The Greatest Gift

Debra PodishDeath and Dying, Hospice

“We sit silently and watch the world around us. This has taken a lifetime to learn. It seems only the old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content. The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws … Read More

Fall Bereavement Support Workshop

Stacy Keating

This workshop is for adults mourning the death of a loved one. Focused resources are provided at each session and conversation is focused on finding meaning through grief. Group is limited to ten participants and preregistration is required. Workshop will be offered September 6 – November 15, 2016 Commitment of 6 Sessions meeting every other week Facilitated by Chaplain Hannah … Read More

A Celebration of Life 2016

Hannah CreagerGrief, Hospice, Uncategorized

What’s the benefit of a ritual?  What’s the purpose of having a memorial service? A funeral?  A celebration of life? When we talk about ritual in reference to grief the answer is three-fold: Rituals help restore feelings of control. When we experience any kind of loss (a death, divorce, etc.) we become aware that the world (and life in general) … Read More

5 Things to Expect in the First Year(s) of Grief

Hannah CreagerGrief

1. Expect the unexpected. Sometimes when we lose a loved one, we set expectations for ourselves around our grieving process. We think that we will feel a certain way for a certain number of weeks or months and then be done grieving. The truth is grief doesn’t abide by our expectations or the expectations of those around us. You are … Read More