Exploring grief: Hospice class helps cope with loss

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Experts describe grief as a journey and not an event, and Tuesday, community members learned ways to deal with that journey and cope in a time of loss.

The class is the first session in Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado's first ever series on grief, with Tuesday’s focus learning about the natural and normal responses to loss.

The class taught that grief has a life of its own, and experts said that learning about the feelings that come after loss can help in the grieving process.

"It helps people a lot. Just to find out, ‘oh, I'm not losing it, this is normal,’ people that grieve they have these emotional responses, physical responses, spiritual responses," community relations liaison Jim Hoganson said.

Hospice officials said sometimes, we don't know how to deal with a grieving family member or friend, so next week, the class will learn how to help someone during their time of loss.

If you are interested in the session, it will be Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at the Hospice Care Center in Rm. 102.

The class is free. Anyone with questions can call 970-241-2212.

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