A GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays” seminar, will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Hospice of Randolph County from 6:00-8:00 pm, offering practical, actionable strategies for making it through the holiday season. At this two-hour seminar, you’ll view a video featuring advice from people in grief who have faced the holidays after their loss. You’ll hear insights from respected Christian counselors, pastors and psychologists. You’ll receive a Holiday Survival Guide with over 30 encouraging readings, helpful charts and tips to manage the holiday season during this difficult time.
At GriefShare Surviving the Holidays, you’ll meet with other grieving people who have an understanding of what you’re going through. They won’t judge you or force you to share, but will accept you where you are and will offer comfort and support. “When I went to GriefShare,” said a participant, “I realized there are different ways to grieve.”
Your holiday season won’t be easy; your emotions may ambush you and suck you under at times. But you can choose to walk through this season in a way that honors your loved one and puts you on the path of health and healing. The event is FREE but you are asked to pre-register by November 4th.
To register or find out more about GriefShare “Surviving the Holidays”, call Rodney Otwell at 336-672-9300 (or) email email@example.com.
Asheboro, NC – According to Pew Research Center’s 2006 study, 71% of Americans have thought about their end-of-life treatment preferences but only 29% of Americans have documented their preferences by completing a Living Will. To assist with this important need, a group of students from Elon University School of Law will be providing FREE services for Hospice of Randolph County to provide an Advance Directives Clinic this Saturday, September 27th. The Advance Directives Clinic will take place at Hospice of Randolph County (416 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC) with hourly sessions at 9am, 10am and 11am. During the hourly sessions, attendees will receive free assistance with the completion of Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney NC Statuary Forms. No legal service, legal advice or customizable forms will be offered.
To help with the process, it is suggested that you bring your license or photo ID, address and phone numbers for individuals desired to be your assigned agents, contact information for son/ daughter or spouse and primary Physician’s name, address and phone number if you have one.
These service are free but since availability is limited, pre-registration is required. To register, please contact Hospice of Randolph County at (336) 672-9300.
Asheboro, N.C. – The Hospice of Randolph County’s Auction & Barbecue is gearing up for another exciting event. This year’s fundraiser will take place on November 1st at Southwestern Randolph High School. In preparation for the event, Hospice of Randolph County is asking the community for donations for sale in the auction. Examples of items needed for the auction include: fine art, pottery, gift certificates / products from local businesses, furniture, antiques, collectibles, new electronics, jewelry and more. All goods are welcome, but the organization requests that items be in “new” or gently-used condition. These items are needed before the October 15th deadline to be included in this year’s auction. A silent auction will take place during the BBQ dinner from 3:30pm-6:30pm. The live auction will begin at 6:45pm in the gymnasium with WGHP Fox-8’s Morning News anchor Cindy Farmer serving as celebrity guest auctioneer to kick off the auction. This year also marks the 31st Anniversary of the organization itself with the specialized and compassionate care that it has provided to thousands of people across Randolph County.
Donations of desserts are also needed for the BBQ dinner. Those wishing to donate dessert items such as cakes, pies, etc., are asked to contact Lisa Huffman by October 15th, by calling (336)672-9300. To help streamline the program, there will be no baked goods sold during the live auction. Instead, there will be a special “Sweet Shoppe Bakery” tent set up in the gym to showcase and sell these delicious items. People donating items for this booth are asked to pre-register their baked goods with Lisa Huffman. This year will also include the expanded “Hospice Gems Jewelry Boutique” with many different types of rings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, scarves & wreaths… a great opportunity to purchase gifts for the holiday season.
To date, this year’s “Lead Sponsors” are: Loflin Fabrication & Mr. RPM of Denton, Triad Corrugated Metal, The Courier-Tribune, Pam Hill and Technimark.
All money raised from the event will go to benefit in the care and support programs for Hospice of Randolph patients, families and caregivers. All donations of auction items are tax-deductible and donors will be acknowledged in publications and media. If you would like to donate items (or) to purchase tickets, please contact Hospice of Randolph County by visiting www.hospiceofrandolph.org or by calling (336) 672-9300
Do you know someone who can
benefit from this support group?
GriefShare: is a helpful, encouraging 13 week faith based seminar for people facing life after a loved one’s death. The seminar will begin at 6:00pm on Monday, September 15, with weekly meetings each Monday evening for 13 weeks.
The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurance through video interviews with counselors, grief experts and other people who have experienced loss and the grief that is associated with it.
Sessions will include a workbook (minimal cost of $15.00), video presentation and a time for individual sharing and reflection. Insights and suggestions will be offered to help those who are struggling with a personal loss. Sessions will be held in the Educational Building at the Hospice of Randolph County campus located at 416 Vision Drive, Asheboro, beginning at 6:00pm and ending around 7:30pm.
For more information and to pre-register (by September 9, 2014), call Hospice of Randolph County at 672-9300, or email Rodney Otwell at
Asheboro, N.C. – Hospice of Randolph County will host an evening event focusing on “Coping with Traumatic Loss” on Tuesday, August 5 at 6:00 pm. Kellie Moran, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will be the featured speaker. It will be held in the Educational Building at the Hospice of Randolph campus located at 416 Vision Drive, Asheboro, NC.
The event is open to surviving family and friends, as well as those who want to help people affected by suicide, homicide, accidental or sudden, traumatic death. Guidance counselors, clergy, therapists, and healthcare professionals are invited to attend as well. The event is free of charge, but the agency asks attendees to pre-register by August 1, in order to assure adequate seating, refreshments and materials.
“The loss of a loved one is in itself a deeply emotional experience, even when it is expected due to illness or gradual decline,” noted Tim Pheagin, Chaplain with Hospice of Randolph County. “Most people, before their first loss, assume that the grieving experience is simply deep sadness that fairly soon gives way to a return to normal feelings; however, once they have a significant loss, they are surprised at the variety and intensity of different emotions, including fear, anger, loss of self-esteem, guilt, and other things. When you add the element of a sudden, traumatic event, the experience becomes quite complex.”
Dr. Rodney Otwell, Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator, added: “When a loved one dies accidentally, family members struggle to understand ‘why,’ not just in terms of cause and effect, but in trying to find a deeper meaning. People ask the age-old questions like, ‘Why did God allow this to happen?’ Survivors are often filled with regret about things that were left unsaid or undone. Since they can’t easily come to grips with the loss, such feelings as guilt, anger, and blaming, are magnified, along with the deep sense of sadness and loss. The term bereaved literally means to be robbed. This certainly applies to accidental and homicidal deaths.”
Both Otwell and Pheagin went on to say that loss by homicide carries the added pain of a yearning for justice, which may take years to resolve. In cases where the homicide is unsolved, that yearning may never be fully addressed. Particularly with homicide, profound fear may become a survivor’s constant companion because it leaves a person with an indelible image and realization that his/her own life can be taken in a moment.
Suicide loss is a deeply painful, complex and traumatic experience. Often survivors are left with an endless array of intense emotions and unanswered questions. Sometimes they struggle with unspecific guilt – wondering what they could have done differently, thinking they could have been more attentive and aware, etc. Others struggle with very specific guilt over past conflicts and careless words. Some struggle with a sense of shame and stigma, while still others struggle with the possible spiritual implications of the decision to end one’s own life. Accidental death has many of the same emotions, along with its own set of emotional issues, with survivors struggling to make sense of the loss.
Featured speaker Kellie Moran, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Randolph County, is a supervisor with Therapeutic Alternatives Mobile Crisis Management. She has worked in mental health since 1994 with community agencies and EMS. She served with the Triangle J Critical Incident Stress Management Team and has extensive experience responding to communities and individuals following traumatic events.
For more information or to register for the session, interested persons should call Hospice of Randolph County at 336-672-9300, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Hospice of Randolph County by visiting www.hospiceofrandolph.org.
Contacts: Dr. Rodney Otwell [email@example.com]
Tim Pheagin, M.Div. [firstname.lastname@example.org]