4650 W 20th Street, Greeley, CO 80634
by Dr. Debby Baker, Clinical Psychologist – Program Director, Community Grief Center
There are two guarantees in life, as they say – death and taxes. At least with taxes there are some positive benefits – roads, schools, libraries, etc. Death is something nobody wants to deal with or talk about in our society. And the long-term effects of grief are generally dealt with by suppressing our feelings. We just have to be strong, and act like we’re doing “just fine.” The grieving are often isolated when they most need community. No wonder people think they’re going crazy when a wave of sadness or anger overtakes them unexpectedly, often at odd times and places. Grief is a whole new experience that nobody is taught about but it is a process and it is something that cannot be ignored—because it will show up in different ways.
The companioning model of grief care, developed by Dr. Alan Wolfelt of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, is about learning and observing – not assessing, analyzing, fixing or resolving another’s grief. It is about being present to the mourner and bringing them comfort by becoming familiar with their story, and allowing them a safe place to mourn and talk about their loved one. The Community Grief Center, with its trained professionals and trained volunteer staff endeavors to come along side and support the bereaved in our community. Our vision is to support children, youth, and adults as they walk through their unique journey of grieving the death of a loved one; to offer them hope and healing for their future and to provide education to the community and professionals through seminars and online resources.
National Grief Awareness Day is August 30th. The Community Grief Center, located at 4650 W. 20th Street in Greeley, will be hosting an open house from 7am to 6pm that day and we invite everyone to come learn about grief, our mission, and various support groups. We also invite everyone to learn more about our free services and take advantage of our online resources at www.communitygriefcenter.org. Or, attend our next Understanding Grief class at 6:30pm on September 5th.
Grief is universal. Let’s do a better job of helping ourselves and others on the journey through it. Let us help you, and help you to help your friends and loved ones.