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Thursday, November 13, 2003



Hospice workshop discusses
coping with grief


P> Hospice Hawaii will hold a workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Koolau Golf Course to help people through the holidays who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

The workshop is planned to give comfort, support and suggestions for dealing with grief during the holiday season. For those unable to attend, George Osakoda, who coordinates community bereavement programs for Hospice Hawaii, offers some suggestions:

>> Plan what you want to do, and do what is best for you.

>> Prepare yourself emotionally and physically with meditation, exercise and diet.

>> Pamper yourself with a new hairdo, massage, bubble bath or whatever helps to feel your best.

>> Schedule time alone every day to pull yourself together.

>> Recognize your limits and pace yourself.

>> Avoid overworking, which may be a reason to escape grief.

>> Surround yourself with positive people.

>> Make daily lists to help with concentration.

>> Ask family and friends to discuss your loved one.

>> Mourn where you feel comfortable, such as walking on the beach.

Participants in Saturday's workshop are advised to take a sweater. The golf course is at 44-550 Kionaole Road in Kaneohe. Registration fee is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. The fee for children 5 to 10 years old is $15.

Call Osakoda at 924-9255 for more information or to register. Questions also may be directed to Felicia Marquez-Wong at 595-7566 or Ann Sage at 261-1669.



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