Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 4, 2016 – Arbor Hospice will host Remembering Our Mothers and Fathers on Monday, May 2.
“The loss of a parent can be the single most devastating event we experience,” said Margie Martin, grief support services manager at HOM. “Often, when a parent dies, people grieve their past and can be flooded by painful memories and feelings of nostalgia. Engaging in traditions and rituals passed down from your parents can trigger emotions and serve as a reminder of the loss.”
The Remembering Our Mothers and Fathers program teaches that while this time of year may be challenging, there are techniques to help handle grief and find comfort, such as:
- Using the day to share stories of your father or mother with other members of the family, especially younger generations who might not have known them.
- Finding ways to celebrate the life of your parents, such as planting a tree, putting something that reminds you of them in a special place or cooking their favorite foods.
- Carrying on traditions that your family enjoyed on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
- Going to a location that holds special memories of your mom or dad.
- Remembering that, although mourning the death of a parent isn’t a new concept, this grief and experience is new and unique to you.
The session will take place at HOM’s Ann Arbor office 555 Briarwood Circle, Ste. 140, at 6:30 p.m.
This program is free and open to the community. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Margie Martin at 734.769.5821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Arbor Hospice
A nationally recognized leader in end-of-life care, Arbor Hospice is the original – and largest – hospice in the state. The nonprofit cares for nearly 1,800 patients each day, raising more than $5 million each year to cover the cost of care for the uninsured and underinsured. HOM offers a broad range of services to enhance the quality of life at the end of life, including community-based palliative care and pediatric care programs. HOM provides grief support and counseling, caregiver education and support, and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through its research, training and education arm, the Arbor Hospice Institute. In January 2016, HOM joined forces with Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care, strengthening the mission of nonprofit hospice in Michigan to ensure patients and their caregivers receive the highest quality of care. For more information, call 888.247.5701 or visit www.hom.org.