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Mourn your loss out loud. Do not succumb to the pressure to be okay when, in reality, you are not. Happy is the one who grieves out loud, for in mourning, they find comfort of body, mind, and soul.
Rarely does anything in life happen in isolation. Most of us are juggling multiple things at any given time. This is also true of the grief process. We are not afforded the luxury of having the world around us come to a stop while we mourn our loss. This includes our inner world as well.
New York City's Times Square. Confetti is falling, horns are blaring, and people are cheering, as the countdown to the start of another year begins: "Five. Four. Three. Two. One. HAPPY NEW YEAR!" The big glittering ball drops 2017 to its resting place in history as strains of "Auld Lang Syne" (translated to mean "Days of Long Ago") are heard throughout the crowd. But in your heart, there are no cheers, no confetti, and no singing. Your loved one died and you feel as if the "ball" landed on your chest, taking away your breath. What can you do to find courage for a new year, to face each day with assurance?
As we move into the new year, we always think about resolutions that we promise to accomplish. However, many people forget their resolutions after January. Resolutions, as they say, are "a dime a dozen," but when we look back over the past year, we recognize that people are not.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation selected Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care to administer its "Care Choices" demonstration model in June 2017 in North Carolina. Now it is being offered to the communities in Virginia.