As your Parish Nurse, one of my roles is “providing support during health crises and life transitions.” Today’s topic is “Loss and Grief.”
At any time, some of us are coping with loss and grief. Grief is the emotional suffering we feel when someone or something we value goes away (i.e., is lost to us.) Major losses include the serious illness, incapacity, or death of a loved one; and divorce or other severance of a partnered relationship. Other significant losses include miscarriage and stillbirth; loss of your own health and independence; loss of a job; death of a beloved animal companion; loss of safety after trauma or violence; loss of a cherished friendship; and death of a cherished hope.
In this communication, of course, I cannot speak to you individually. What I can do is tell you this: If you are experiencing loss and grief, your Pastoral Care volunteers (who staff the Joys & Sorrows book before each Sunday service) and I are here for you. Any of us are available to share a cup of coffee or tea with you, to listen, to offer a hug if you need it, and to suggest other avenues of support if necessary. If you want to read more, check out this informative, supportive website:
Coping with Grief and Loss
-Ann Yeo, R.N., M.S.N., Parish Nurse