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Grief resources provide help during the holidays



During the holiday season, many of us will gather with family and friends to celebrate long-kept traditions and reminisce of days gone by. Sometimes, these otherwise joyful gatherings are tinged with sadness as families struggle to deal with the loss of a loved one. To help people cope with grief, CentraCare Health System has launched the "Grief & Bereavement Services" on its Web site.

The Grief & Bereavement Services Web section offers support to those who are grieving, and it also provides information about how to help someone who has experienced a loss. Topics include:

* What is grief;

* Myths & facts about grief;

* Life after a loss;

* When to seek help;

* A guide for survivors; and

* Additional grief resources are listed.

"Grief is individual and intimate; everyone experiences grief differently. CentraCare wants to offer a grief and bereavement resource which anyone could access at anytime to help them through a difficult time," said Mary Eisenschenk, Community Outreach Nurse, St. Cloud Hospital Home Care and Hospice Services.

To learn more, visit www.centracare.com/hospitals/sch/services/grief/index.html, or go to CentraCare.com, Programs & Services and click on Grief & Bereavement Services.