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Beyond the Casserole Lunch & Learn – May 18

Beyond the Casserole: How to Truly Support a Grieving Friend or Family Member

What gives real comfort to your family member, friend or colleague who is grieving? What words and actions help, and what should you avoid? Hear what deeply grieving persons wish others understood.

Thursday, May 18
Noon – 1 p.m. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m.

The Lusk Center at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
2501 Summit Avenue | Greensboro, NC 27405

Lunch is included. This event is free and open to the public. 

Call 336.621.5565 or email thecenter@hospicegso.org with questions.

Registration is required. Please register below by first selecting a quantity.

CHAMP Camp – May 6

Kids Path invites you to attend

CHAMP Camp 2017

CHAMP Camp is a one-day camp sponsored by Kids Path for first through fifth graders coping with the illness or death of a loved one. Camp allows children a chance to share memories, have fun and build coping skills. After attending camp, children feel less alone and return home with renewed spirits.

Saturday, May 6
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Summit Environmental Center | Haw River State Park
Browns Summit, NC

$15 per camper or $30 per family. Scholarships are available.

Parents and caregivers are invited to stay for a “Coffee, Pastry and Conversation” hour at 9 a.m. Connect with other caregivers facing the unique challenges of parenting while grieving, hosted by our Adult Counseling and Education Center.

To register, please call 336.544.5437 or email kmcgregor@hospicegso.org. Registration must be received by Friday, April 14, 2017.

Registered campers will receive an information packet with arrival and pick-up times, a registration form, a consent form and driving directions.

Click here to download the flyer for more information!

 

Remembering Our Mothers – May 2

The Counseling and Education Center Invites You to Attend

Remembering Our Mothers

We will come together in this workshop to:

  • Share memories of our mothers.
  • Honor them for the gifts they gave us.
  • Embrace their continued presence in our lives.
  • Enhance our continuing bonds, using expressive arts.

Tuesday, May 2
6 – 8 p.m.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405

Free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged to keep programming accessible.

Registration must be received by April 28. To register, please call 336.621.5565, email thecenter@hospicegso.org or click the button below.

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When They Won’t Eat

Hospice patients often have changing patterns of eating and drinking. We think of food as much more than fuel. We think of it as comfort, enjoyment and protection. We also think of eating as a way to prolong life.

It is very hard for family members to see their loved one with no appetite or unable to eat. A common reaction is to want to begin nutritional supplements, tube feedings or even IVs with the idea that “it couldn’t hurt.”

When your loved one is nearing the end stage of life, very little fuel is needed. To complicate this, often nothing tastes good to the patient. As caregivers we sometimes think this means the patient is being stubborn, willful or—even worse—giving up. In reality, the body is responding to the disease process and is trying to shut down the normal function.

The patient is not starving. Nature is at work assisting the person to be more comfortable.

Published facts now indicate that the use of forced nutrition in the terminally ill person is questionable and may actually worsen the patient’s condition. IV hydration or forced feeding can lead to several harmful effects, including tumor growth, more nausea and vomiting or the development of serious infections. Any weight gain experienced is usually due to fluid retention and can cause difficulty breathing.

Allowing the patient not to eat is in no way negligent; rather it is in the best interest of the patient.

This does not mean that nothing can be done when your loved one’s appetite diminishes. Your hospice nurse can discuss things that may be helpful; however, no matter what you do, there will be a time in most terminal illnesses when a patient feels no desire to eat.

The issue of nutrition is one of the most guilt-inducing, frustrating and emotionally charged issues affecting patients and families. Please discuss concerns with your HPCG nurse and social worker.

Sometimes the best solution is to hold the chicken soup and substitute love.

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Grief: What to Expect – April 3 and 4

The Counseling and Education Center Invites You to Attend

Grief: What to Expect and What Can Help

In the early days after the loss of a loved one, life can feel overwhelming and disorienting. This hour-long program is designed to help newly grieving persons gain a better understanding of common grief reactions, strategies for coping and resources to increase your confidence and knowledge during these challenging times.

Choose the date and time that works best for you:
Evening: Monday, April 3, 6-7 p.m.
Daytime: Tuesday, April 4, noon-1 p.m.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405

Free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged to keep programming accessible.

To register, please call 336.621.5565, email thecenter@hospicegso.org or click the button below.

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Helping Your Child Cope with Losing a Pet

For many children and teens, the loss of a beloved pet is their first experience with grief. This can be a difficult time for all involved.  Here are some tips for helping children cope.

  • Allow your child to grieve his or her loss.
  • Understand that the magnitude of the loss may be different for your child than it is for you. Many children have grown up with their pet, so the loss may be felt deeply.
  • Allow your child to experience all of the emotions and reactions that accompany the grief process. Give them permission to have strong feelings and to take time off from commitments and activities if necessary.
  • Children in the same family may express their grief in very different ways. Allow children to grieve in whatever way is best for them.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
—Winnie the Pooh

 

  • Just as an important person cannot be replaced, neither can a pet.
  • Don’t push your child into getting a new pet in an attempt to divert his or her grief. Let your child decide when the time is right for a new friend.
  • Help your child remember their pet by establishing a memorial. Place a special marker at the site where the pet is buried or plant a special flower or shrub to mark the site. Having a memorial service or funeral may also help your child say goodbye.
  • Collect photos of your pet and create a photo book together.
  • For many young children, losing a pet is their first experience with death. Use this opportunity to speak with your child about death and dying. Being open with your child about death now will help prepare him or her for losses in the future.

Kids Path is a program of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro that supports seriously ill and grieving children. Click here to learn more.

Make-a-Memory Bear Workshop – April 4

This workshop is a fun and healing activity for families with children who are grieving the death of a loved one. Families will create a keepsake bear in memory of their loved one (one bear per child) out of clothing or fabric that reminds them of the special person who died.

Tuesday, April 4, 6-7:30 p.m.

Workshop to be held at Kids Path | 2504 Summit Ave. | Greensboro, NC 27405

This workshop is open to the community at large, and space is limited.

Registration is required. Call 336.544.5437 or email kmcgregor@hospicegso.org to register.

Dinner (pizza and salad) will be served. There is a $10 materials fee.

Instructions for fabric:

1. Choose a piece of clothing that reminds you of your loved one. There should be about 1/2 yard of fabric—about the size of a large adult T-shirt. Pieces of fabric that work well include a button-down shirt, pajamas or a robe.

2. Bring the fabric to Kids Path at 2504 Summit Avenue. Fabric must be delivered to the Kids Path receptionist no later than Friday, March 17 in order for your fabric to be prepped for the workshop.

Please note: The piece of fabric will be cut, re-sewn and permanently altered to make the bear. In some cases, there will not be any leftover fabric.

 

Loss of a Parent Support Group – March and April 2017

The Counseling and Education Center Invites You to Participate in a Six-Session Grief Support Group:

Living After the Loss of a Parent

When a parent dies, we can lose a best friend, our biggest fan, our sense of security, the “hub” of the family and the one who best knows our personal story. We also lose the chance to ever fix or make right what was difficult about the relationship.

In this group, participants will take the time to:

  • Share their stories.
  • Come to a better understanding of the grief process.
  • Find ways to cope with the many losses that have come with this one death.
  • Remember and honor them.

Thursdays
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6
6 – 7:30 p.m.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405

Free and open to the public. Donations are encouraged to keep programming accessible.

To register, please call 336.621.5565, email thecenter@hospicegso.org or click the button below.

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Advance Care Planning Lunch & Learn – Thursday, April 13

How to plan for end-of-life decisions and talk about it with loved ones

If your loved one is near the end of life, and the doctors ask you to make decisions about their care, what would you do? Learn about advance directives, why and when they’re used and how to start this important conversation with family.

Presenters:

  • Risa Hanau, LCSW, Vice President of Clinical Services at HPCG
  • Marcia Vanard, LCSW, Director of the Counseling and Education Center at HPCG

Thursday, April 13
Noon – 1 p.m. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m.

The Lusk Center at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
2501 Summit Avenue | Greensboro, NC 27405

Lunch is included. This event is free and open to the public. 

Call 336.621.5565 or email thecenter@hospicegso.org with questions.

Registration is required. Please register below by first selecting a quantity.