Grief Support at Wayne Memorial Hospital


A free workshop designed to help people cope with the grieving process will be offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital this spring. The five-week session will provide support and focus on grief as a normal part of an individual’s transition through life. The spring sessions will be held Tuesday evenings from 5:30 until 6:30 from May 17th through June 14th in The Chatlos Room on the second floor of Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Grief can best be described as a distinctive cluster of common emotional, physical and spiritual reactions to loss, according to Neil Petrosky, LCSW, Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers. “This description does not diminish how traumatic a loss can be for the griever,” says Petrosky, who helped start the first grief support workshop at the hospital in 2011. “Rather, it says that we can identify with each other as human beings who all struggle with the death of a loved one. We have the ability to join together and help one another through this struggle.”

Acknowledging that grief is a very individual process, the workshop will encourage participants to explore their own solutions to the challenges of living without their loved ones and dealing with the many changes that follow a loss. The workshop will be facilitated by Rev. Edward K. Erb, Wayne Memorial Hospital and Hospice chaplain (though the sessions are designed as non-sectarian) and Anna Walsh, a social worker with WMH. The workshop will provide a safe place in which individuals can sort out their feelings and share as they are able and willing. No one will be required to share. Your experience will be enhanced by attending all five sessions; however, it is understandable if you cannot attend all of them.

Participants are asked to complete a registration form, which can be found at

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