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Bereavement workshop series in Mishawaka aims to help with the grieving process

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Dealing with the loss of your partner is often hard to bear, but a program close by is here to help during the grieving process.

It's is a 7-week bereavement workshop series. There's a new topic each week.

Whether you lost your loved one years ago or more recently, the workshops give participants different tools to keep their lives going the best they can.

John Schimizzi recently lost his wife. Her name was Paula.

"I met her when I was in pharmacy school, says Schimizzi. "She was a very caring, lovable woman and were best friends and that's the most important."

To help cope with the loss and learn how to face life without his partner, he came to the Healing Path Workshop Series.

Experts work with participants on emotional healing and practical issues.

Participants do yoga, express themselves through crafts and writing, get home safety tips and financial & legal advice, and learn how to eat healthy.

Schimizzi says, "It's been very informative and very interesting. [It] gives you ideas that a person's never thought of."

One of his favorite sessions was Healing Through Writing.

"You write about the person that you lost and how you feel about it and what's helping you get through it," says Schimizzi.

The series is put on four times a year by Chapel Hill Community Outreach.

"It's always available when you feel you're ready," says Lori Smith, the Chapel Hill Community Outreach Coordinator. "Some people come into the workshop and they've experienced the loss of a loved one with in the last few months. Some people it's been several years since they've lost their loved one."

Smith says the workshops not only give useful information, but they also give people an opportunity to create new friendships.

"Really just our coming together every week and connecting. Getting to know each other. Finding those in the area that are going through similar experiences that you may going through," says Smith.

This program is completely free and open to the public.

You can attend all of them or just one.

The next sessions start on October 11. They go every Wednesday through November 22. Workshops begin at 4 p.m.

The sessions take place at the Trine University South Bend Education Center. The address is 4101 Edison Lakes Pkwy, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

An RSVP is not required, but if you know you're going, Chapel Hill would appreciate you letting them know. Contact Lori Smith at 574-707-8103.

Link for more information: http://www.chapelhillmemorial.com/healing-path.html

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