Grieving support in Evergreen

Mt. Evans offers bereavement groups for those dealing with loss

Olivia Jewell Love
olove@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/20/21

Grief shared is grief divided, according to those who have lost loved ones and those who provide support. That is why Mt. Evans Home Health Care and Hospice offers bereavement support groups for …

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Grieving support in Evergreen

Mt. Evans offers bereavement groups for those dealing with loss

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Grief shared is grief divided, according to those who have lost loved ones and those who provide support.

That is why Mt. Evans Home Health Care and Hospice offers bereavement support groups for people who have lost spouses and children, and people who have lost loved ones to suicide.

Susan Conceicao, a bereavement counselor at Mt. Evans, explained that sometimes getting support while grieving loss can be challenging. Often, people do not know what to say or how to be supportive, and stigmatized deaths such as suicides and drug overdoses can bring forth unwanted connotations and shame.

Conceicao said groups for parents who lose a child are more common.

“Unfortunately, as we are all living longer, it’s not extremely uncommon to lose an adult child unfortunately,” she said. “It’s a devastating loss, and it’s a very specific loss.”

Anne Meier, manager of support services, added: “You can imagine how deep the grief is when you lose a child.”

Charlie Hill of Evergreen attends a bereavement group and one-on-one sessions after he lost his wife to cancer.

“When a spouse dies, you lose a lot more than someone who is warm and cute,” he said. “(I) experienced disruption of vital interpersonal connection she and I had. ... I feel lonely. … I AM lonely.”

Hill says the group helps give back some of the things he lost when he lost his wife. 

“By being with others who lost a spouse, it’s made me feel less alone in my grief,” he explained.

He also enjoys having both the ability to share with others to who understand how he feels, and the burden is less when he is with others. 

“I thought, `Why not?’ There would be other people there who had similar experiences. I think (I had a) desire to be around other people who weren’t just my family,” said Hill, who lives with his daughter and her family.

Conceicao says this can be a common experience because sometimes it can be hard to get support from the people closest to you.

Hill learned about the support services from the hospice nurses at Mt. Evans who cared for his wife, and he says now he is in a much better place.

He continues to write as an outlet for his grief. In “Just One More Thing,” he wrote: “My wife of 51 years died after a five-year battle with cancer. Since her death I have longed to do `just one more thing’ for her. To have just one more chance to interact with her. Just one more kiss, one more diaper change, one more pillow fluff, one more sip of water, one more dose of morphine, one more act of any kind that would allow me to interact with the lifelong mate I had loved and loss.”

If you or someone you know has experienced loss and is coping with grief, call 303-674-6400 to speak to Mt. Evans’ licensed social workers and bereavement volunteers for counseling, referrals and supportive care over the phone.  

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