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Coping with Grief during the Holiday Season - A lecture for anyone coping with grief and loss

New Britain [October 21 2005] - New Britain General Hospital will be hosting a free talk for the public Nov. 17 on Coping with Grief during the Holiday Season. The program starts at 6:45 p.m., following light refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

The presenter is Alison Duncan, MSW, Volunteer & Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice of Central Connecticut.

Coping with grief from a significant loss in one’s life always seems to be magnified during the holiday season.

Duncan 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.”

Duncan 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 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 x6507

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