ESSEX FELLS, NJ - St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 271 Roseland Avenue, Essex Fells is sponsoring a free educational presentation for individuals and families coping with grief during the holiday season. It will be held on  December 14 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 p.m. in the Upper Room of the Piel Building next to the church. There is ample parking available. Please consult http://stpeters-essexfells.org/directions.html  for directions.

The Holidays can be especially painful for bereaved individuals and families because they emphasize the absence. When all are gathered there is the empty chair, the missing voice, the missed laughter. There is one less place setting, one less present to buy, and one less to receive. Nothing can take away these painful emotional realities because they are true expressions of grieving.  Yet the pain can also be an invitation to a new way of living. Individuals and families are pressed by the emotional pain to organize in new ways, especially for holidays. Please join Rev. Vince Corso, M.DIV., LCSW, Lead Bereavement Specialist with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Program as he suggests ideas to assist individuals and families to make choices about how the holidays will be observed. This is an informational session and not a support group, so no one is required or expected to share about their experience. We simply wish that attendees will gain useful information to help with the grief process.

For questions or information please email: bereavement@vnsny.org