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A Big Thank You!

November 8, 2013

I would like to take this time to thank all of the personal of the GRMC Hospice. Every one has been so helpful and caring to my family and me.

My husband, Terry Greene, passed away January 14, 2013 from cancer. It was a very painful death for him, which made it more distressing for the family. Terry is not in pain anymore, but the ones that were left behind feel it everyday. Your staff was right there to help him and the family and I greatly appreciate that!

10 months have passed now, and it seems as it was just yesterday. The pain is still so fresh and raw for all of us. I just finished a 6 week program on "Growing in Grief" with Chris McIntosh and Christine. My daughters heard about the program on the radio and immediately called Chris to get more information. They thought this would be good for me to go, I had different ideas! I couldn't imagine how this would help me. No one can teach you the right and wrong way to grieve or to just stop grieving. I reluctantly accepted, thinking what would it hurt. I tried to persuade them to attend also, but they said I was the one that really needed to go and their presents with me might not let me get all the benefits of the program.

I really can not tell you how this program helped me, but it did! Maybe it was talking about it with others that have experienced loss in their lives, or just talking about it out loud. The weekly assignments I thought a little trivial, but to my surprise and gratification, they proved to be very helpful. I guess the idea was to put your thoughts into a different direction which helped to get out of the place that we had been in for some time. "A rabbit hole" is what I was told by a family member. There were seven others that attended this program also, and I do believe it helped them. I hope it did! It helped me, I don't know how, but it did. I am still grieving and will for the rest of my life, however, I have turned my heart from crying everyday to thinking about some of the blessings we had for so many years.

I am so very thankful for Chris and Christine! These two women are so incredible for helping and listening to so many grieve. They are a true positive feature to the Hospice program.

A Heart Felt Thank You!!!!

Deborah Greene

Grief and Loss

We believe in a holistic approach to meeting people's needs of body, mind and spirit

Though we strive to keep our community healthy, we also wrestle with the fact that death comes to us all, and to all those we love.

Through GRMC Hospice, bereavement support services are available to anyone in the community adjusting to loss from death. Following are topics to help you through this very difficult time:

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Grief & Bereavement Support Services

We help the surviving family by providing support through the normal process of grief.

Among the many services offered through GRMC Hospice:

  • Growing through Grief, a 6-week class, anyone grieving the death of a loved one is invited to register for this group. It isn't an open group. You are asked to make a commitment for 6-weeks and is offered two times during the year.
  • One-on-one Consultations for individuals /families for up to 6 sessions for uncomplicated grief support.
  • Monthly Newsletter (See below)

Individual consultations, group support and referrals are available to anyone who calls.

If you are interested in receiving our monthly newsletter or need more information contact Chris McIntosh, GRMC Bereavement Counselor, 575-574-4934.

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Monthly Bereavement Newsletter

Grief is such a journey. GRMC Hospice Bereavement Newsletter is food for the journey.

This monthly newsletter provides information regarding support groups, books, classes and words of wisdom that meet a person where they are on this path. For a subscription or more information contact Chris McIntosh, Bereavement Counselor at 575-574-4934.

Click on the link below for a PDF version.

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List of publications on death and dying

To help you through this very difficult time, we have compiled a list of suggested readings on death and dying. Click on the following links for printable lists:


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Baby-Friendly Health Initiative

A Baby-Friendly(TM) Hospital does all it can to help you:

-- to start and keep on breastfeeding your baby

-- to safely make and feed your baby formula, if you cannot breastfeed

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