During the best of times, it is exceedingly difficult to deal with the emotions of the loss of a loved one, a close friend or even your family pet. This is a time of year where there is usually a lot of hustle and bustle, shopping, parties and socializing with family and friends. We are all supposed to be in a good mood, feeling festive and enjoying the holiday season. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. The holidays can bring a swell of grief and immense sorrow for those who have experienced a loss, and for those who are alone.
The Peachland Wellness Center offers a Bereavement Support Group year-round. This year during the pandemic restrictions, the group held socially distanced sessions outside, then moved inside at the 50+ Activity Centre and 4th Street Place. If a session could not be held the Facilitators, Dorothy Cobb , Valerie Wood and Avril Briggs would phone the participants individually. They truly showed their resilience and compassion for the participants.
Dorothy Cobb shares her experience as a Facilitator:
“The Bereavement Group is as old as the Wellness Centre. It meets weekly all year round. Sometimes we are a small group, other times we are larger. Members grow together in an experience of pain and sadness. As time passes, I have watched as senior members have reached out to new members sharing experience and guidance, empathy and understanding and, in normal circumstances, a hug for support. Each member defines his\her length of time with the group. As they feel able, they graduate moving on to a new life strong enough to establish relationships and networks that reflect a significant change in how they live their lives”.
The PWC would like to thank all the Bereavement Facilitators for providing safe, non-judgmental support and understanding for those who are experiencing grief. This is an incredibly valuable program that enables participants to receive support, during the many phases of grief.
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Go to the PWC donation page at CanadaHelps.org, select the Donate Monthly option and then continue with your much appreciated on-going donation. You can also arrange for E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Peachland Wellness Centre at (250) 767-0141 for assistance.