PLANS IN THE COMING WEEKS.>>>ESSENTIA HEALTH ST. JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER IN BRAINERD BELIEVES IN TREATING THE WHOLE PERSON BY PROVIDING SUPPORT GROUPS TO THE COMMUNITY. THE GROUPS FOCUS ON GRIEF, CANCER, AND HEART FAILURE TO CREATE AN OPEN SPACE FOR HOPE AND UNDERSTANDING. CHANTELLE CALHOUN HAS THE STORY.>>ESSENTIA HEALTH ST. JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER IS OFFERING GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO MAY HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE AND SIMPLY CAN’T GO ON. MEMBERS CAN SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE WITHOUT FEELING EMBARRASSED.>>WE HAVE SEVEN WEEKS THAT WE ALLOW AN INDIVIDUAL TO TALK ABOUT THE PROCESS THEY ARE GOING THROUGH AND THE JOURNEY, AND IT ALLOWS THEM TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHER PEOPLE IN THE GROUP SO THAT THEY CAN KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE, AND SO IT HELPS THEM PROCESS THE GRIEF THEY ARE GOING THROUGH AND TO KNOW THERE’S NOT NECESSARILY A STAGE, BUT THAT IT’S A PROCESS, AND EVERYBODY’S GRIEF IS DIFFERENT.>>EVERYONE THAT ATTENDS A SUPPORT GROUP HAS LOST A LOVED ONE, SO IT’S ABOUT FINDING A COMMON GROUND IN UNDERSTANDING OF EVERYONE’S STORY.>>JUST THINK THAT SUPPORT GROUPS ARE SO IMPORTANT, AND HERE AT ESSENTIA, WE BELIEVE IN TREATING THE WHOLE BODY, AND SO MIND, BODY SPIRIT, AND THIS IS A GREAT WAY OF HELPING THEM THROUGH THE DIFFICULTIES THAT THEY FACE. SO MANY TIMES PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY’RE ISOLATED AND THEY HAVE NO ONE TO GO TO WHEN THEY’RE GRIEVING OR THEY’RE — THEY FIND OUT THEY HAVE CANCER, BUT THROUGH A SUPPORT GROUP, THEY CAN COLLABORATE WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND FIND A COMMONALITY.>>FOR INDIVIDUALS FACING A HARSH DIAGNOSIS, IT CAN REALLY BE ISOLATING AND DEPRESSING. BUT WITH SUPPORT GROUPS, YOU’RE NOT FACING IT ALONE.>>THE HEART AND VASCULAR CENTER HERE AT ESSENTIA HOSPITAL IS NOW HOSTING A HEART FAILURE SUPPORT GROUP. IT’S OPEN TO ANY OF THE PATIENTS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY, BRAINERD LAKES AREA, WHO REALLY ARE IMPACTED BY HEART FAILURE, ANY KIND OF PATIENT, THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS, THEIR NEIGHBORS, ANYONE WHO IS REALLY INVOLVED OR SUPPORTIVE OF THOSE HEART FAILURE PATIENTS, WE WANT TO HAVE THEM PARTICIPATE. WE WANT TO INVITE THEM TO PARTICIPATE.>>REPORTING IN BRAINERD, CHANTELLE CALHOUN, LAKELAND NEWS.>>THE GROUPS ARE HELD WEEKLY AND GO AS LONG AS SEVEN WEEKS AT A TIME THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND ESSENTIA HEALTH ST. JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER DOES TAKE

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