NEWS & EVENTS
Hospice Circle of Love’s Community Grief Group to Help Those Who’ve Lost a Loved One
Hospice Circle of Love’s Bereavement team will host a community grief group every Tuesday in June at their office at 314 S. Third, in Enid. The group is designed to assist those who have lost a loved one, by giving them some tools to work through their grief in a healthy way. Another way the meetings help is to bring together men and women that are going through some of the same things. “It helps to find out you’re not alone in what you’re experiencing following the death of someone you loved,” commented Circle of Love Bereavement Coordinator Kevin Strope.
Each session of the class will cover a different aspect of grieving. Meetings will take place June 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th from 5 to 6 PM.
Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. Anyone interested in the grief group can call Strope at 580-234-2273 to register. The group is free and open to anyone 18 and over in the community who has experienced any kind of loss.
DEALING WITH GRIEF
Hospice Circle of Love Volunteer Application
Hospice Circle of Love is looking for new volunteers to join their team and help make a difference in the lives of terminally ill patients.
For more information, please call Julie Nelson at (580) 234-2273, or stop by the Hospice Circle of Love office at 314 S. Third in Enid. Hospice Circle of Love serves a 60 mile radius of Enid and welcomes volunteers from Enid or any surrounding town.
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Circle of Love Chaplain Named Oklahoma’s Spiritual Counselor of the Year for Hospice
Hospice spiritual services can come in many forms and Hospice Circle of Love Chaplain Gary Miller has a knack for providing just what is needed to each patient he sees. His special skill set was recognized Thursday, when he was named Spiritual Counselor of the Year by the Oklahoma Hospice and Palliative Care Association (OHPCA) at their 2014 annual conference in Tulsa.
In his work as a hospice Chaplain, Gary provides spiritual comfort to both terminally ill patients and their families. Reading the Bible and praying are common activities during his visits. He is also there to listen. Talk often turns to life after death and Gary seems to know just what to say to put someone’s mind at ease.
Sometimes Gary is asked to be the one to perform the funeral for a hospice patient or their family member, due to the fact that he has become that family’s closest spiritual advisor. He is an important part of Circle of Love’s Bereavement team as well. This includes co-facilitating community grief groups, helping with the annual Tree of Life Celebration and making phone calls to families.
Gary has made such a difference in the lives of so many patients and families at such an important time. He is always there to provide support and compassion, when it’s needed most.
The Spiritual Counselor of the Year Award nominations are read and voted on by hospice workers in another state. Criteria for consideration includes the nominees history and relationship to hospice, their role and scope of activity and the impact they make on hospice care and in the lives of the patients and families they serve. Circle of Love’s Executive Director Chad Caldwell, who is also the current President of the OHPCA, was honored to present Gary with his award.
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