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Coping with the Holidays Workshop

Hospice of Emanuel Helps People Cope with the Holidays with Special Workshop

Turlock, CA— To help people who have lost a loved one get through the holidays, Hospice of Emanuel is providing a special evening program Nov. 1.

“Coping with the Holidays” will begin at 7 p.m. at the Monte Vista Chapel at 1619 East Monte Vista Ave. in Turlock. The event is free and open to the community. There will be a memory table and people are invited to bring a framed picture of their loved one to place on the table. 

“The loss of a loved one can be a very difficult time during the holiday season,” said Sandy Ricardo, the hospice support service coordinator. “For some it becomes an unbearable time of year. Hospice is aware of the obstacles facing the bereaved, and has put together this program to help.”

This year’s event will feature a panel of people who have previously lost a loved one, including panel members who have lost a spouse, a child, and a parent. Each of the panel members will speak specifically to how they grieved during the first few holidays after their loss, emphasizing what helped.

Hospice of Emanuel offers free grief support to anyone in the community. Programs include one-on-one grief support as well as support groups for loss of spouse, bereaved parents, general loss, young adults, as well as a support group for people who have lost someone to suicide. The bereavement department is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at (209) 664-2550. 

Emanuel Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-based Christian hospital. Its 403-bed multi-level medical campus includes a 209-bed acute care hospital, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility and a 49-bed assisted living facility. It provides emergency, critical care, pediatric, cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women’s health services, surgery, and hospice services.

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