Celebration of Life Memorial Service
The beautiful botanical gardens of the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, was the backdrop for Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care's Annual "Celebration of Life" ceremony held on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. The non-denominational memorial service included comments from Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care administrators and staff, words of inspiration, a message of comfort, special music and the reading of patients' names. Family members also had an opportunity to come forward and say a few words. At the conclusion of the service, refreshments were provided. The event is held once a year in November and is open to the community.
Weekly Grief Support Group
April is Counseling Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about the role that counselors play in helping individuals live healthier, happier and more productive lives. As part of its ongoing commitment to bereavement education and support, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care wants to remind the community that it offers a free weekly Grief Support Group to help individuals who are struggling with feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety and abandonment following the loss of a loved one. The group meets on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care Administrative Building, 5550 S. Jones Blvd. All members of the public are welcome to attend. To register for the Grief Support Group or for more information, please contact Chris Kopoew, bereavement counselor, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care, at 702-870-0000.
“We don’t tell people how or what to feel, because each person’s situation is unique,” says Candis Armour, R.N., executive director, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care. “However, we can offer words of comfort and guidance to help people work through the pain. Often, people find that it helps simply to release emotions and not keep them bottled up inside. Just sharing a story or quietly listening to someone else’s experience can give people a sense of connection, camaraderie or closure.”
Camp Solari Helps Bereaved Children and Families
Our Spring Las Vegas Camp Solari will be held May 3-5, 2013, at Mt. Charleston Lodge (located at the end of Highway 157, about a 35-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip). All weekend activities -- including lodging, meals and materials -- are free to camp families. Camp Solari is sponsored by the non-profit Solari Hospice Foundation in partnership with bereavement professionals at Las Vegas-based Clear View Counseling. For more information, call 877-795-8760.
Chris Kopoew, bereavement counselor, Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care, notes that it’s not good to hide from grief, but to find productive ways to express it. He offers the following basic guidelines to help individuals who are mourning.
• Give yourself permission to grieve.
• Retell the story of your loved one.
• Be judicious and selective with your social activities. If you don't feel like attending a party or other event, skip it.
• Set aside time to mourn and don't try to bottle up your feelings.
• Accept help from family, friends and neighbors.
• Honor your loved one with a special ceremony or other symbolic gesture that follows your spiritual or religious traditions.
• Don't feel pressured. Make decisions that feel right to you, and accept that holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other significant dates may trigger special memories. This is a normal part of the mourning process.
• Remember that the grief experience is unique to every person. No emotions are right or wrong. At times, you may feel joyful; at other times, you may shed tears.
• Share your experience with other grieving people. Know that you aren't alone. Consider joining a bereavement support group.