Grief Classes Available At Evergreen Family Medicine
1. Grief support
What's normal? What's next? How can I cope? You’re not alone.
One hour. Every other week.
2. Grief Restoration
How do I heal? Moving past the pain. Finding renewed purpose. Honoring the memory without losing yourself in the process.
One hour. Every other week.
Evergreen Harvard Location
Conference Room 1
1937 W. Harvard Avenue Roseburg, OR, 97471.
Call: 541-677-7200 to reserve your spot
15 Things I Wish I'd Known About Grief
After a year of grief, I've learned a lot. I've also made some mistakes along the way. Today, I jotted down 15 things I wish I'd known about grief when I started my own process. I pass this onto anyone on the journey.
1. You will feel like the world has ended.
I promise, it hasn't. Life will go on, slowly. A new normal will come, slowly.
2. No matter how bad a day feels, it is only a day.
When you go to sleep crying, you will wake up to a new day.
3. Grief comes in waves.
You may be okay one hour, not okay the next. Okay one day, not okay the next day. Okay one month, not okay the next. Learn to go with the flow of what your heart and mind are feeling.
4. It's okay to cry.
Do it often. But it's okay to laugh, too. Don't feel guilty for feeling positive emotions even when dealing with loss.
5. Take care of yourself, even if you don't feel like it.
Eat healthy. Work out. Do the things you love. Remember you are still living.
6. Don't shut people out.
Don't cut yourself off from relationships. You will hurt yourself and others.
7. No one will respond perfectly to your grief.
People-even people you love-will let you down. Friends you thought would be there won't be there, and people you hardly know will reach out. Be prepared to give others grace.
8. God will be there for you perfectly.
He will never, ever let you down. He will let you scream, cry, and question. Throw all your emotions at Him. He is near to the broken- hearted.
9. Take time to truly remember the person you lost. Write about him or her, go back to all your memories with them. Soak in all the good times you had with that person. It will help.
10. Facing the grief is better than running. Don't hide from the pain. If you do, it will fester and grow and consume you.
11. You will ask "Why?" more times than you thought possible,
but you may never get an answer. What helps is asking "How?" How can I live life more fully to honor my loved ones? How can I love better? How can I embrace others?
12. You will try to escape grief by getting busy, busy, busy.
You will think that if you don't think about it, it'll just go away. This isn't true. Take time to process and heal.
13. Liquor, sex, drugs, hobbies, work, relationships, etc.
will not take the pain away. If you are using anything to try to numb the pain, it will make things worse in the long run. Seek help if you're dealing with sorrow in unhealthy ways.
14. It's okay to ask for help.
It's okay to need people, it's okay, it's okay, it's okay.
15. Grief can be beautiful and deep and profound.
Don’t be afraid of it. Walk alongside it. You may be surprised at what grief can teach you.
- Teryn O'Brien
Class One: Grief Support
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to loss. Group discussion centered around various symptoms of grief, experiences, and normal symptoms
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the Month
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Class Two: Grief Restoration
Grief Restoration is restoring meaning, joy, and purpose back into our lives. Sessions involve group discussion, coping strategies, reading and discussion questions on grief and loss.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month.
10:00am - 11:00am