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Grief Support Group Launches in Mason
A Health and Wellness Program Offered by the Wesley Nurse Health Ministries™
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 • Posted February 8, 2012

The Wesley Nurse at First United Methodist Church invites you to take part in the newly forming free grief support group open to all citizens in the Mason area. After the successful Lunch ‘N Learn program, “How You Debrief Grief”, many requested a grief support group. The speaker for the Lunch ‘N Learn, Patrick Loring, M.S., L.P.C., will now be the main facilitator of the group. The focus of the support group is to offer a time of listening and caring while participants are working through the loss of someone, or something dear to them. Grief is the emotional suffering that is felt after a loss of some kind and can be triggered for a variety of reasons: the death of a loved one, the onset of a serious medical condition, or even an intense disappointment can all cause grief. People are so often unprepared for grief, even when an event is predicted. Participants will learn that grief is actually a healing process that is normal and healthy.The leader for this group is Patrick Loring, M.S., L.P.C., the bereavement coordinator for Odyssey Hospice in Kerrville, Texas. He has 25 years of professional counseling experience. Among his professional accomplishments, Mr. Loring has created and implemented the first mortuary-based bereavement program in Texas, as well as, developed grief education curriculum for many healthcare and clergy professionals. The program will be held at the Methodist Church at 224 Broad St, every first and third Tuesday of each month beginning February 7th and 21st at 12:00 p.m. in the conference room at the Methodist Church. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided. For further questions or information, please call Ann Scarth, RN at 325-347-5983.

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