January 26th, 2009

Great River Medical Center is pleased to present “Grieving: the Journey to Healing,” a nine-class program to help survivors recognize and accept the reality of death, share their feelings, learn coping behaviors and diminish their grief. The program is led by one of the licensed hospital chaplains. It will begin Thursday, Feb. 5, and the classes will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

“Grief is a very important journey that a person must travel in response to a loss. The most difficult loss we can experience is the death of a loved one,” said Randall Gearhart, director of Spiritual Care at Great River Medical Center. “It requires time, energy and patience. It is hard work, but sometimes that can be less painful when we surround ourselves with helpful, caring people.”

The group approach helps those in grief feel less alone and less confused about their feelings. The class helps those grieving take the journey with others who understand, who will listen and who will care. All sessions are confidential.

The class meets once a week for nine weeks at Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa. For more information or to register, please call Great River Medical Center’s Spiritual Care Department at (319) 768-4060.