Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Hospice of the Sierra Launches New Grief Support Program

Hospice of the Sierra has launched a new grief support program, Sierra Grief, as a service to those suffering loss in Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties.  Sierra Grief is open to anyone grieving a loved one, pet, job or any other type of loss.  These groups will meet weekly throughout the year at several locations including: Sonora, Groveland Murphys and Angels Camp. Sierra Grief is open to the public.

Sierra Grief uses a model developed by Reverend Alice Zulli, Chaplain at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, which focuses on group members sharing their loss. Zulli recently traveled to Sonora to work with and train the Hospice of the Sierra staff, volunteers and other community members on this program. Zulli states “to be a facilitator you must work in your heart, not in your head.” The key to Sierra Grief is to have groups share their feelings and find strength. “What you do not feel, you cannot heal.”

Sierra Grief is the newest way in which Hospice of the Sierra will serve the community. With a staff of over 40, including clinicians, chaplains and volunteers Hospice of the Sierra is dedicated to providing excellent care during a patient’s final months, as it has been for more than 30 years. For more information about Hospice of the Sierra or Sierra Grief please call 209.536.5685.