Hospice Society offers free speaker series about grief
On Sept. 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Airdrie and District Hospice Society is offering a speaker series event for the fall.
The free, adult-only event held at the Bethany Care Centre’s auditorium in Airdrie is called Children’s Grief – Impact on Learning and Social Life and is presented by Child/Youth and Family Counsellor with Hospice Calgary Amy Angheluta.
“Death and loss is an inevitable part of all our lives,” Angheluta said.
“When it does come up, it’s important for kids to understand.”
She said she will be covering topics about what to expect in the grieving process, what grief and loss looks like for children and teens, ways to engage in conversations about grief and strategies for talking to kids about loss.
Matt Carre, vice president for the society, said if we don’t educate adults about how to get kids through the grieving process, we are setting them up for struggles.
“Hopefully, this gives (parents) an outlet to talk to kids about it,” he said, adding sometimes adults tend to bury their heads in the sand and avoid talking about loss.
The society started the speaker series last year and held two events. Carre said they are hoping to make the series a monthly event in the future.
“The purpose of the society is to have support groups that can help people during times of eminent death,” he said.
Help could be as simple as sitting with someone or mowing their lawn.
“When a person is dying everything stops,” Carre said, adding simple chores like cutting the grass can make a big difference to someone whose loved one is dying.
The volunteer-based group has been in operation for about four years and provides training to volunteers in order to support them in times of need.
When the society receives a call from someone looking for support for the hospice for support a trained volunteer is sent to assist in anyway they can.
Those interested in volunteering with the society, and those wanting to pre-register for the Sept. 18 event can contact Airdrie and District Hospice Society at 403-880-0424.