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Deborah Jones, Gilchrist Grief Counseling Manager

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Friday, November 9, 2018

Every November, Gilchrist and other organizations across the country recognize and honor family caregivers who are caring for their loved ones with a serious illness. Challenges for Caregivers Many caregivers are faced with caring for loved ones 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The challenges are numerous: not only are individuals caring for … Read More

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Grief Retreats: Why Focusing On Our Grief Can Be Healing

Friday, July 13, 2018

Gilchrist now offers day-long grief retreats for individuals seeking to recharge themselves and learn new ways to relate to their grief. A grief retreat may seem counterintuitive at first: why would someone want to spend a day focusing on what is most troubling and painful? Wouldn’t it be better to stay busy and distracted, keeping … Read More

Gilchrist Grief Counseling Healing After a Loss

Helping People Heal After a Loss

Friday, June 22, 2018

Grief counseling is not a job that most people would seek. It’s challenging and is one that can either lead to very interesting dinner conversation or can shut down a conversation almost immediately. Most often I get asked, “How can you do that?” and “Isn’t it depressing?” But in my view, grief counseling is not … Read More

Gilchrist bereavement intern with one of her clients.

What I Learned About Death and Loss During My Gilchrist Internship

Friday, May 4, 2018

Before I became a grief counseling intern at Gilchrist, I felt well prepared to address the diverse range of concerns that were introduced by my clients, but admittedly became paralyzed when assigned to counsel a middle-aged woman who suddenly and unexpectedly lost her husband. Whether it was the culture in which I lived or my … Read More

Gilchrist clinical bereavement counselor Laurel Goodrick sits with client Cindy Leverette-Ward in front of the quilt Cindy made in memory of her mother.

Reflecting on Counseling Awareness Month

Friday, April 6, 2018

April begs us to notice the arrival of spring—the usual rains that fall, and the flowers that shoot up through the softening ground. For me and other Gilchrist counselors, April also means Counseling Awareness Month. It has me thinking about the healing and the hope grief counseling can bring to those who are struggling. Some … Read More

Gilchrist Clinical Counselor Hilary Harrington (center) is joined by two attendees of the Mothers' Grief Group - Joanne Giza (l) and Maria Waltemeyer (r).

Comfort and Encouragement for Grieving Mothers

Friday, March 16, 2018

Over my years as a clinical grief counselor I have facilitated many offerings from our Grief Counseling program. While I have enjoyed them all—each for their own reasons—one program that holds a special place within me is the Mothers’ Grief Group (for grieving mothers who have lost adult children). Starting as a onetime Mother’s Day … Read More

Deborah Jones, Gilchrist Grief Counseling Manager

In Times of Tragedy or Loss, Gilchrist Offers Counseling and Support

Friday, February 23, 2018

It seems our nation is faced with more acts of violence and death than ever before. With every tragedy, we find ourselves dealing with emotions of grief and loss in ways we never expected. Grief has become ever present in our day-to-day world. Whether a loss is sudden or expected, Gilchrist offers counseling and support … Read More

Gilchrist Counselor Dawn Tippett with Robert Glascock, who attends the support group.

The Journey Continues: Grief in the Second Year

Friday, February 16, 2018

Grief in the Second Year In my 15 years as a bereavement counselor—and through my personal experience—I have found that in our society, people are not comfortable with grief. Those who have not experienced it may lack an understanding of what “normal” grieving looks like and just how long this process can take. Some will … Read More

Laurel Goodrick, LCPC, NCC, CT is a Clinical Bereavement Counselor at Gilchrist.

Celebrating Our Loved Ones

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Anniversaries, birthdays and holidays can be a real challenge for grievers, especially when the days remind us of who is missing.  In the beginning, the pain of our loss often covers our usual enjoyment of these special days, and we just don’t feel like celebrating or laughing. It may not seem right to enjoy something that … Read More