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Grief Society helping cope with loss during the holidays

The Walking Through Grief Society is helping residents who have lost a loved one get through the winter. The Society will be hosting a presentation and discussion called Navigating the Grief Journey and Year of Firsts at the Salvation Army Hall.

Program Director/Facilitator Shirley Scott says the seminar will help people learn how to deal with grief during the holidays and teach them new skills. 

“We remember that all these special days in a person’s life and the year of firsts are always traumatic. Especially this time of year because it’s centred around family and getting together. People are already having dreads about how they are going to get through this time.”

Dinner will be served before the presentation and there will also be a candle-lighting ceremony.

“If people have lost a loved one and would like to light a candle [they can] or for people who are there to get information who would also like to light a candle in support of someone else.”

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Scott says the society has facilitators in Vermilion, Wainwright and Lloydminster and attendees will also be provided with some resources provided by the Grief Society or other organizations in helping them go through their grief journey. 

“Next year we’re hoping to make it a day-long presentation where we’ll have speakers in.”

The presentation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 29 and a donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank is required. Anyone interested can register by calling the Grief Society at 780-846-2576. The deadline to register is November 27.

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