by Julie Randolph, Information & Access and Care Coordination Manager
The word bereavement means, “To be deprived by death”. Death causes an intense impact. Time and patience are required to absorb that impact. We must live on without someone’s companionship, hopes, dreams, traditions, and their unique way of being. The sense of aloneness can be overwhelming and disorienting. All that we planned has suddenly vanished. Our brains must adapt to the new reality by enduring the waves of intense sadness and yearning.
It is certainly true that no two people grieve the same. The nuances of your relationship with the one you lost complicates the process. However, universally, connection is key to living on in your own life.
Senior Services provides connection to supports, services, and companionship.
Care Coordination service offers personal guidance to identify strategies, options, and resources to enhance your quality of life. Intake into the program takes minutes over the phone and a Care Coordinator will meet with you in your home for an assessment within 10 working days of your call for services.
Family and Children’s Services provides counseling at Senior Services. Call 989-633-3700 for a referral to these counseling services.
Our Activity and Dining Centers provide community and connection. Five locations are available for easy access regardless of your Midland County address. Our Centers include: Coleman, Greendale, Mills, Sanford, and Trailside Centers. We welcome you to attend Monday through Friday or as your schedule permits. Reservation for lunch are requested prior to 9:00am of the day you wish to attend.
The bereavement specialist at MyMichigan Health, 989-633-1437, can connect you with a number of Grief Support Groups that meet regularly in Mid-Michigan.
You are not alone. Call 989-633-3700 for more information and let us help you through this time.