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Loneliness is not to be taken lightly.

While everyone feels lonely and socially isolated sometimes, those who live in a persistently lonely state are subject to increased levels of stress and health problems that can be downright deadly. As a hospice organization, we are aware that many of those we serve find themselves increasingly isolated as they suffer from chronic pain or become fulltime caregivers.

Our volunteer services offer “friendly visitors” who visit on a regular basis and establish ongoing relationships with patients and caregivers who have found their social connections shrinking. Support groups for the recently bereaved and for caregivers are another resource that enables those who are lonely to connect with others who are sharing their struggle, pain or loss.

Choosing the best time of day to connect with someone who is ill – when pain and symptoms are more under control – may enable those with illnesses to more comfortably interact with others. Reducing the amount of time, while emphasizing the importance and desire to continue seeing loved ones, can be a better option for visits.

Direct person-to-person connections are invaluable, but some who are lonely find regular connections by texting, Facebook messaging or use of other social forums helps them stay in touch. Online support groups can be validating and offer encouragement from others who have special insights and suggestions for how to overcome isolation.

If you are concerned for someone who appears to be lonely, find a way to include them in your life. Invite them along on an errand or a walk. Include them in gatherings of family or friends. Call to check in on them and express your concern. By reaching out to them, you can expand your own social network and give strength to someone who needs your support.

Loneliness is often a normal part of the grief experience. If you are a grieving person struggling with loneliness, we have grief support options that can help. Hospice of Central Ohio offers bereavement care to anyone living in our service area, regardless of his/her affiliation with our hospice program.  All services are free of charge to the community.  If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak to a member of our bereavement services team, please contact Maria Johnson at 740.788.1474.

Resources:
https://www.caring.com/articles/loneliness-and-health
https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/loneliness-can-really-hurt-you/
http://princessinthetower.org/the-isolating-loneliness-of-chronic-pain-invisible-illness/


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Hospice of Central Ohio has been instrumental in helping kids who have lost a loved one learn how to handle grief for over 20 years. The 21st annual Camp HOCO grief camp for grieving children ages 6 – 12 is slated this summer from June 25 – 29.

Camp HOCO is open to the community at no cost in partnership with the Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio. Camp HOCO brings together the best of summer camp experiences  -  making new friends and experiencing new adventures – with services and support to ease the pain of kids who have lost loved ones. With a theme of “On Safari – Trekking Your Way Through Grief, camp activities include arts and crafts, hiking and music.  In addition to these traditional camp activities, children participate in grief support activities gain skills in managing their personal grief.

Camp HOCO is a day camp meeting from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at Saints Peter and Paul Retreat Center, 2734 Seminary Rd., Newark, OH 43056.

Need to speak with someone? Contact Sheri Weiner at 740.788.1482

Kudos to Hospice of Central Ohio volunteer Marilyn Dresser (pictured, center) who was recently honored with the Hospice Caregiver Award by Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service. The awards are designed to recognize hospice caregivers who provide patients and families with wonderful care and compassion.

Those nominating Marilyn for the honor cited her fifteen years of service as a caregiver, her decade of leadership in organizing the annual camp HOCO Kid’s Grief Camp and dedication to the hospice mission. The nomination notes that “Marilyn knows no bounds, demonstrating energy, caring compassion, enthusiasm for every day she is alive. Mentor, guide, friend, companion…she walks her walk every day. Marilyn LIVES the Hospice ofCentral Ohio motto ‘caring for one person every day all the time.’”

We are grateful for Marilyn’s support and value her many contributions to the Hospice of Central Ohio mission.