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Park Memorial Presents Lunch After Loss January 2020

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Park Memorial Reception Centre

11015 - 101 Street

Edmonton, AB T5H 2T2

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Lunch After Loss

A Grief Support Program for Widows and Widowers

Loneliness while grieving the loss of a spouse can lead to depression, dementia, and lower life expectancy. The social shift that happens when one is left behind after the death of a spouse is debilitating. For our senior population, these points are even more intensively true.

January will see a new grief support program begin at Park Memorial that will seek to connect, serve, and support widows and widowers through the sharing of a meal followed by a facilitated grief discussion with a grief expert. The impetus for this program was twofold: two of our funeral directors were serving widows in their time of loss, and both women expressed their grief and fear as they looked at their lives through the lens of their new normal. In the same time frame, we had conversation with a gentleman approaching the one-year anniversary of the loss of his wife. He identified that mealtimes are among the loneliest for him in his new normal.

Food is love. The sharing of a meal together builds and binds families, friends, and relationships. After the loss of a spouse, mealtimes become a painful reminder of the person missing from the table.

The need for grief support is societally more acknowledged and accepted for ‘younger’ populations. There can be a feeling that because senior widows and widowers are in their ‘golden years’, and that their spouse likely was as well, that there should be more acceptance of the loss and less grief. This is far from the truth.

We see the need for connection, community, and grief support in the widowed families that we serve. And the need is increasing. We are hopeful that this program will meet some of these needs in our community.

The event flows as follows:

11:15am Doors open

11:30am Lunch is served, buffet style. We are thrilled to be working with our lunch partner, Sorrentino's

11:45am Guest presentation begins

12:20pm (approx) Grief discussion begins

1:10pm Grief discussion draws to a close and guests can visit with one another

1:30pm Event draws to a close

This event will be held quarterly in 2020. We look forward to welcoming you.



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Park Memorial Reception Centre

11015 - 101 Street

Edmonton, AB T5H 2T2

Canada

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