The Hope Center is offering a grief workshop and opportunities for individual end-of-life planning sessions during the coming months. The center is a community outreach program of Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties.

The Hope Center is offering a grief workshop and opportunities for individual end-of-life planning sessions during the coming months. The center is a community outreach program of Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties.


The four-part "Renewing Your Mind, Body & Soul" workshop is scheduled for March 18 and 25 and April 1 and 8. The sessions will be from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Home Hospice office, 505 West Center Street, in Sherman. It is free and open to the public, but registration is requested by March 6 so that adequate materials can be provided to participants.


Different aspects of how grief affects one’s life will be focused on. Suggestions for coping with the challenges that accompany grief will be given. Facilitating the workshop will be JoCarolyn Chambers, LCSW and social worker for Home Hospice. In the final session, Jerryd Wallace, spiritual counselor for Home Hospice, will discuss the spiritual aspects of grief.


"Grief manifests itself in many different ways: physically, mentally and emotionally," says Chambers. "Recognizing this and understanding that these feelings, thoughts and emotions are not out of the ordinary can be very helpful when someone is going through a difficult time."


Chambers continues, "Each individual experiences grief and loss in their own unique way. For some, they may experience a heart that aches, a cloudy mind, feelings of being fatigued and tired all the time, shaken faith in their beliefs or feelings of being los and forgotten. Understanding the impact that grief is having on your life can help you adjust accordingly, be gentle and patient with yourself, help with the process of healing and encourage the welcoming of joy back into your life again."


To register for the workshop, call Jolene Senek at 903-868-9315 or send an email to jolene.senek@homehospice.org.


Another service being offered to the public, free of charge, is the "Great Conversation" workshop, a one-on-one support and guidance with advance medical planning. This will enable particpants to better communicate with their family and loved ones, as well as health care providers, regarding end-of-life wishes and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Texas state laws. Chambers will conduct the sessions.


"The opportunity to talk with your loved ones, whether your parents, your spouse, brother, sister or child, about their wishes, desires and hopes provides for an immense sense of peace and comfort in the midst of some of the most difficult storms in life," says Chambers. "The knowledge that you have done what your family member or friend entrusted to you is truly a gift that you will have forever."


The one-on-one sessions with Chambers will be offered at the following times and locations: March 7, 10 a.m. until noon, Whitesboro Library, 308 West Main in Whitesboro; March 18, 10 a.m. until noon, the TEAM Center, 806 West 16th Street in Bonham; March 21, 10 a.m. until noon, Cooke County Library, 200 South Weaver in Gainesville; March 25, 10 a.m. until noon, Denison Public Library, 300 West Gandy in Denison; and March 28, 10:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m., Sherman Senior Citizens Center, 1500 North Broughton, in Sherman. The program will also be offered to the public at The Center for Family Medicine, 1906 West US Hwy. 82 in Sherman from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on March 17, April 7 and 21 and May 5 and 19.


For more information, call 903-868-9315 or visit www.homehospice.org/educational-programs/.