Today, Carroll Hospice honored and thanked veterans for their service to our country during its annual We Honor Veterans breakfast.
The holiday season can be challenging for many individuals, especially if you are grieving.
The absence of your loved one can be difficult to deal with during this time. Reflecting on past holiday memories can bring you happiness and pain, and thinking about what the holidays would have been like if your loved one were here can also be tough. But please remember that sometimes the anxiety building up to the holidays is much worse than the actual day. Read More
After a loved one dies, we may feel a mix of emotions—sadness, relief, guilt and regret, to name just a few. These emotions are typical. But, as a caregiver of that loved one, we may find ourselves wondering “what now?”
Each month we set the facts straight regarding myths surrounding hospice care.
This month’s myth: Hospice only cares for the patient
At Carroll Hospice, we understand that the whole family is affected when an individual is faced with a life-limiting illness. That’s why we make sure to provide support for family members in addition to the patient.
Carroll Hospice will remember those who died in service to our country on Sunday, September 30.
It is on this day that luminaries are lit as part of the Gold Star Luminary Initiative to remember those who died while serving in our country’s military.
The men and women took turns introducing themselves around the L-shaped table as they waited for their lunch orders to arrive. Some had been coming to Carroll Hospice’s bereavement luncheons for years, while, for a few, this was the first time they’d attended.
But all who came to share a meal were looking for solace, a place they could share their grief and memories, their troubles and fears, with those who could understand and empathize because they too had experienced the death of someone close.
The luncheon, facilitated by a Carroll Hospice bereavement counselor, takes place the last Tuesday of each month at Baugher’s Restaurant. No registration is required.
One by one, they shared who they had lost, how long it had been and what they had come to understand during the grieving process. “We all [grieve] differently,” explained one participant, who had lost her husband. “People who think we should be beyond this haven’t walked in our shoes.”
One participant shared how a trip to the beach—a place both he and his wife loved—brought up so many unexpected feelings. “Grief hits you sometimes when you least expect it,” he said. Another remembered how her husband was able to fix anything around the house. Now, she’s troubled at the thought of someone coming into her house to do those things. “This is a group I never wanted to be a part of,” she admitted.
For some attendees, volunteering, new hobbies and keeping busy all helped with their grief. But those things never completely fill the void.
“The outward mourning goes away,” confided a group participant to the others. “But the grief never does.”
Carroll Hospice has a variety of support groups to help with the loss of a loved one. For more information, call 410-871-7656.
This article originally appeared in DASH, Carroll Hospice’s community newsletter.