Workshops for the grief-stricken

A WISE woman once said: “Grief is the price we pay for love.”

HELPING HAND: Friends of Nioka volunteer Christine Seery and Janelle Rickard, whose husband, Darren, passed away in January, discuss the challenges of coping with grief ahead of a series of workshops in Tamworth this month. Photo: Barry Smith 280414BSD04

HELPING HAND: Friends of Nioka volunteer Christine Seery and Janelle Rickard, whose husband, Darren, passed away in January, discuss the challenges of coping with grief ahead of a series of workshops in Tamworth this month. Photo: Barry Smith 280414BSD04

Ask anybody mourning the loss of a loved one, though, and that price can, at times, seem almost unbearably high.

But a series of free interactive workshops in Tamworth this month is aiming to improve people’s understanding and acceptance of grief.

Organised by Friends of Nioka, a community group dedicated to supporting the Nioka Palliative Care Unit, the workshops will be held over four consecutive weeks.

Friends of Nioka member Christine Seery’s involvement with the group started after the death of her husband, Eddie, a decade ago.

She said the workshops were designed for people who had lost someone dear to them, were caring for a terminally ill loved one, or even a volunteer wishing to be involved in palliative care.

“We’re hoping to be able to help people cope a little bit better, and maybe there’s some hints there that they can take on board,” she said. Janelle Rickard’s husband, Darren, died in January after a long battle with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer.

She said the workshops might help families open up about their sense of grief and loss following a death.

The workshops, each focusing on a different topic, will be run by grief expert Tony Winter on May 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 7pm to 9pm at the Southside Uniting Church on Goonoo Goonoo Rd.

RSVP by Sunday by calling 6761 7877.

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