The Big Bend Hospice is reaching out to area professionals, providing practical strategies to deal with grief. The daylong seminar is taking place in Tallahassee.
Loss is an inevitable part of life and grief is a natural part of the healing process. Dealing with significant loss can be one of the most difficult times in a person's life.
The Big Bend Hospice is holding this seminar to help nurses, clergy, social workers, educators and a host of others learn to facilitate the healing process as well as cope with what's called compassion fatigue.
Participants also learn how to be sensitive to cultural and spiritual differences and how to help children handle their feelings about death.
One speaker also talked about parinatal loss. That's the loss of an infant shortly after birth or during pregnancy.
There have been 167 perinatal deaths at TMH this year. She says it is important to say hello as well as good-bye, and that's what the program gives parents.
Big Bend Hospice is hosting Hope for the Holidays on November 16, a program centered on providing tools for developing coping skills while grieving through the holiday season.