Help for those struggling with loss this season

Nov. 6, 2009

Milwaukee (November 5, 2009) The holidays can be a difficult time for those struggling with the recent loss of a loved one. Starting on November 17, 2009, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Spiritual Services will be offering an open grief support group designed specifically to assist those who are grieving to get through the holidays.


The group sessions, led by Rev. Judi Holmes-Jensen, Bereavement Coordinator for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Marilyn Cannon-Miller, RN and Bereavement Facilitator, will meet from 6 to 8:15 p.m. at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare–Wauwatosa, 201 North Mayfair Road, in the 5th Floor Conference Room.


There is no fee to attend but we ask that you register for the sessions by calling 1-888-994-3286 or go online at Participants can attend one or all as each session is designed to stand alone.


Dates and topics are as follows:


What do I have to be thankful for? November 17, 2009

This session will examine the expectations of Thanksgiving, feelings around gratitude

and ways of responding.


Do I have to hang my stocking this season? December 1, 2009

We will explore the traditions of various holidays, addressing the fears and concerns around celebrating the holidays.


The empty chair December 15, 2009

This session explores ways to surivive the loneliness that often surround the holidays, and we’ll discuss ways to remember those that have died.


What do I have to look forward to? December 29, 2009

Rediscovering yourself in the midst of grief





Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare offers help to those struggling with loss over the holidays (cont.)



Planning ahead: Where do I go from here? January 5, 2010

We will examine where the journey of grief has taken us and where we see ourselves headed next.


Each session will allow time to get to know each other, provide for some shared understandings around each topic, and provide a time to discuss, share, and begin integrating what was important for each individual.


Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare (WFH) is a Catholic, not-for-profit organization with more than 100 health and shelter organizations in Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, and Illinois. Started by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters more than 125 years ago and formally incorporated in 1983, WFH has corporate services offices in Wheaton, Illinois and Glendale, Wisconsin.


In Southeast Wisconsin, WFH is co-sponsored by the Wheaton Franciscan and Felician Sisters and has nearly 12,000 associates, making it the second largest private employer in the area. Hospitals include All Saints in Racine County; Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph and The Wisconsin Heart Hospital Campuses, St. Francis, Franklin Hospital, and Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Milwaukee County; and Elmbrook Memorial in Waukesha County. The region also includes Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group with more than 350 physicians in more than 50 locations, a network of outpatient centers, three transitional and extended care facilities, Home Health, and Hospice.


Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare is also affiliated with Affinity Healthcare in the Fox Valley and United Hospital System in Kenosha.



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