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Free Talk Scheduled: Coping with Grief during the Holiday Season

New Britain [November 09 2006] - “Coping with Grief during the Holiday Season” will be the subject of a free talk for the public Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Hospital of Central Connecticut’s New Britain General campus. The program begins with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 6:45 p.m.
The speaker will be Barbara Hirsch, RN, MA, who previously worked as an oncology clinical specialist, and for the past 15 years, has worked in community hospices, as a bereavement nurse. Barbara is currently an in-home counselor for the elderly for The Bridge Family Center.
Coping with grief from a significant loss in one’s life always seems to be magnified during the holiday season. Hirsch will talk about the grief that accompanies an important loss. The death of a loved one is difficult to cope with during the holidays, but there are many situations — such as divorce, the loss of a job, the loss of one’s health, or the illness of a loved one — that are especially difficult to bear when the rest of the world is celebrating. The pain is compounded; we can feel out of step and alone. We tell ourselves that we “should get over it.”
Hirsch will discuss many of the issues around loss — what to expect, stages of grief, physical symptoms that may accompany grief, and strategies to make it a little bit easier. The first step is realizing that you are not alone. Please join us.
The Nov. 30 program is being sponsored by the Wolfson Palliative Care Program and will he held in Lecture Room 1. Free parking will be available in the Quigley Garage. Registration is necessary — call 860-224-5463 to register and for more information.

Contact: Corporate Communications, 860-224,5900, ext. 6507

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