During these trying times, feelings of grief, loss and isolation that many are feeling have grown, and the need for support, understanding and affirmation is high. To provide this needed support, Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is offering two online support groups, both free of charge and coming right up.
There are two support groups being formed: One for Those Who are Grieving the Loss of a Loved One who has died, and a Caring Support for Caregivers Group (of any type; the caregiving does not have to be for a hospice patient). If you are feeling angry, overwhelmed, frustrated or isolated, this is normal; you are not alone.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Our very best wishes to you and yours during this uncharted time! We remain committed to serving you and other members of our community who need support during their own or their loved ones’ end-of-life journeys, and those who are grieving.
During this unprecedented time of the coronavirus outbreak, we want you to know our organization is healthy at 40 years strong, and we are doing what we need to do to continue serving those who need our care, including:
- Volunteers and staff supporting patients and caregivers via phone and other electronic means; including 25 families during the initial transition to phone support. It is heart-warming to hear a volunteer describe her continuing sessions reading books aloud via phone to her hospice patient.
- One-on-one phone support for people who are grieving, including 53 individuals within the first two weeks of going “virtual”. We know that grieving will continue to increase during this time of isolation and the many losses people are experiencing, and we are here to provide needed support.
- Our well-trained and dedicated volunteers are receiving information, guidance and support through their respective program leaders, including training in the use of Zoom for online meetings and team education and support (51 volunteers trained within that same two-week period).
- We are utilizing online tools such as Facebook and Zoom to connect with volunteers and community members to offer Adult Education and other workshops (45 participants in two workshops to date).
- We are active with several networks of community service providers to ensure availability of supportive care and connection for members of our community throughout this time of challenge.
Until we are able to return to our normal in-person service, please take good care of yourselves and your loved ones!