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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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“Handling the Holidays”

(November 4, 2008) Reverend Nancy Rohde will be presenting “Handling the Holidays” at 7:00 PM, Thursday, November 6, at Charlevoix Area Hospital. Rohde, Spiritual Advisor for Hospice of Northwest Michigan, will discuss “The Griever’s Bill of Rights”, and C.O.P.E., a simple plan for handling some of the stresses associated with the holidays. All are welcome.

The holiday season can be a particularly painful time for people after the death of a loved one or friend. Those who are grieving sometimes react in one of two ways to the holidays. They may try to either rigidly celebrate in exactly the same way as before the death, or ignore the holidays completely. Yet the holidays can never be exactly the same as they were before the death because a part of the family is missing. “Handling the Holidays” participants will receive a holiday planner and other tools to help them with some of the stresses associated with the holiday season.

“Handling the Holidays” is one of the activities Hospice of Northwest Michigan is sponsoring to commemorate National Hospice & Palliative Care Month. “Many people are unaware of the comprehensive services that hospices provide, and the quality we add to the lives of patients and their families during a difficult time,” said Lynda Bockstahler, Director of Home Care and Aging for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, hospice’s partner. “National Hospice Month helps raise awareness for the compassionate care available for people living with a life-limiting illness.”

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. For additional information about “Handling the Holidays” or Hospice of Northwest Michigan, contact Margaret Lancaster at 231-582-8800.