• Next Bereavement and Grief workshop, Saturday January 16th

    Colleen Lindholm | November 30, 2015

    We all face loss, eventually. And often we – along with our friends, co-workers, and family members are not sure what supports are available.

    The Camrose Primary Care Network (PCN) is pleased to offer a one day Grief and Bereavement workshop on Saturday, January 16th, 2016 which will explore our culture’s perceptions and expectations when we speak of bereavement, grief and mourning.  

    This workshop is for people who are coping with grief and loss, as well as for people interested in becoming “grief helpers” – co-workers, family members or even physicians and health care professionals supporting people going through a loss.

    Co-facilitated by Donna Lynne Erickson (Certified Grief Trainer) and Colette Howery (Registered Nurse with a Certificate in Grief Support) participants will learn:
    How to be a companion/grief helper to someone who has experienced a loss.

    • The importance of integrating loss into our own lives first.
    • That everyone’s grief journey is unique & that we all grieve differently.
    • How to recognize signs of complicated grief.
    • How to access appropriate community resources.


    “No one is exempt from the heartache of losing a loved one… so let's learn together how we can help each other." says facilitator and Registered Nurse with a Certificate in Grief Support, Colette Howery. 

    “Walking alongside another person in the grief journey is in itself a learning experience. There are no set rules or steps or instructions to fix those who mourn. Life changes with each loss experienced. Learn how to create a safe place for people to work through their new reality—without judgment or shame.  There is no cure, no drug, no power to get things back to the way it was before the loss event. But there is hope,” adds Certified Grief Trainer Donna Lynne Erickson who also facilitates the workshop.

    “PCN physicians and staff are really pleased with the success of the grief and bereavement workshops which we have offered for over three years now," states Stacey Strilchuk, Camrose PCN Executive Director. 
    "Participant feedback has been extremely positive and we know we are making a difference in people's lives by offering this type of support in the community." 

    The Camrose Public Library will be host to the January workshop. "The PCN is very appreciative of the Camrose Public Library in offering to host this workshop," states Strilchuk.  “They see the value in having this type of service available and we are pleased to work with them. We want to thank them for sponsoring the morning and afternoon refreshments, room rental and helping to advertise for this event." 

    This free workshop, being held at the Camrose Library, 4710 50 Ave, will run from 10 am to 4:00 pm and includes lunch.  

    To receive more information or to register, please contact the Camrose PCN at 780-608-4927.  Space is limited so call today. Registrations will be taken until January 13th, 2016. 

    For more information, please contact:
    Colleen Lindholm, Communications Lead
    Camrose Primary Care Network
    Bus:  780.608.4927   
    Cell: 780.679.5975   

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