DEAR EDITOR:

The loss of a loved one is not an easy experience for anyone, but grief can be especially acute during the holiday season.

Thankfully, our local hospices offer a safe, caring environment that addresses all aspects of a patient and family’s health and well-being — including grief and bereavement support. Many support groups are open to the community, regardless of the time, locatio, or manner of a loved one’s death. Additionally, The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s CaringInfo website at caringinfo.org offers additional resources to assist families and caregivers in addressing grief, processing a death and coping with loss. November is also National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and I encourage all of us to utilize the resources made available to our community by our hospice and palliative care providers.

While grief can affect people differently, most people can benefit from the care and experience of a bereavement support team at their local hospice. As our community prepares for the holiday season, I encourage all of us to support our neighbors experiencing grief, serious illness and the end of life by keeping them in our thoughts, showing up to be of service and connecting them with valuable resources for their care.

Natalie McNeal

Marietta

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