Delaware Hospice's Family Support Center chose the "Valentine's Day Blues" as the topic of February's lunch brunch on Feb. 1 to help individuals examine their grief and find a meaningful way to remember their loved one.
The guest speaker was Chet Carbaugh, MDiv, bereavement counselor for the Delaware Hospice. Carbaugh discussed how grief is a normal response to a painful experience of loss and lasts longer than most people expect. He noted that even though typical stages of grieving are defined, everyone’s grief is unique and there’s no right or wrong way.
Carbaugh provided guests at the lunch bunch with several tips for coping with grief, particularly on Valentine’s Day. He suggested, “Allow yourself time to heal, and be realistic.” He quoted John Donne who said, “He who has no time to mourn, has no time to mend.” Let your support network know what you need and feel and don’t expect them to read your mind. Find ways to express your feelings, and celebrate Valentine’s Day by writing a letter to your loved one.