A Note from Pat Pitchford
To All Who Grieve:
As one who has lost parents, precious family members, and my spouse, I share this journey of grief you now walk.
Grief has many emotions, each one leaving us exhausted. I often hear "I feel numb, confused, forgetful, disorganized, lost, afraid, angry, out of control, or overwhelmed." We may ask ourselves, "What is wrong with me?" "Am I going crazy?" "Why can I not seem to function?"
You are not alone. We will walk with you and provide support through the days, weeks and months to come. Our commitment does not end at the funeral service, but extends beyond.
Our AFTERCARE Program is exactly what it says: care for you personally, addressing the questions and needs you have in the days to come. This page will provide answers to "What do I do now?" I am available to address any questions or needs you may have.
Remember, you are not alone.
The support and understanding we have around us will make a difference in how we experience and handle grief. The more support we have, the quicker our recovery.
However, we still need time to reflect on our loss, to mourn, and to accept the changes in our life. Aftercare helps you do this.
Our Aftercare provider offers help through personal contact, free grief counseling, and is available to help with individual needs. We're here for you...now and beyond.
- Personal contact with our Aftercare provider.
- Personalized, step-by-step information packet to assist you.
- Individual grief counseling.
- Widow support group held monthly.
- Church, community organizations and school presentations on grief, death or funeral planning.
- Lending library full of grief resources for healthcare professionals, clergy and those who mourn a loss.
- Community-Wide Programs - Our Holiday Memorial service is an annual community event. We also sponsor seminars throughout the year dealing with grief.
- Trees of Remembrance - A tree is planted in a national forest in memory of your loved one.
Now and Beyond
Widow Support Group
"Now and Beyond" is a support group for people who have lost a spouse. In this warm, caring atmosphere, help, healing, and new friends are waiting.
Pat Pitchford, our Aftercare Provider, facilitates the group with compassion and encouragement. The support you will find here makes it a comfortable place to learn and share (if you want to), laugh (if you feel like it), and cry (if you need to).
We meet from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. the second Friday of each month at Lourdes Hospital, Marshal Nemar Pavilion in the Doug Borders Community Room.
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If you would like more information about our Aftercare services we will be pleased to assist you with any questions you may have. Please call 270-365-5595 or 270-442-5100
Now and Beyond Widow Support Group Annual Picnic
Also available is our 365 Days of Grief where you can receive consistent support through our daily email affirmation to help you cope, heal and properly grieve during this difficult time. No matter when your grief comes, you will receive a message of hope and inspiration to help you through your most difficult times.