Hospice unveils grief section at library

Staff report

May 29, 2014

The Grief Resources section is now open at The Mount Airy Public Library, provided by Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care.

The new section features more than 50 books related to grief support. Individuals may borrow books through any of the 13 libraries in the NC Northwestern Regional Library system, including Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties.

“Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care is thrilled to offer this expansion of our bereavement support program,” said Kristie Byrd, Mountain Valley’s Director of Community Outreach. “Many individuals in our community are suffering from grief. They are searching for answers and ways to cope with their loss. The Grief Resources section offers an increasing supply of information to help those individuals.”

The Grief Resources section contains books written by the world’s leading experts on bereavement. Titles include Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler’s “On Grief and Grieving,” Pamela Blair’s “I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye,” John James and Russell Friedman’s “The Grief Recovery Handbook,” Harold Kushner’s “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” C. S. Lewis’ “A Grief Observed,” and many entries in Alan Wolfelt’s “Healing” series. More books and videos will be added regularly throughout the year.

In addition, the Grief Resources section offers free issues of “The Next Step,” the official bereavement newsletter of Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care.

“We encourage everyone to visit the Grief Resources section, whether for themselves or a friend,” said Josh Armstrong, Mountain Valley’s Bereavement Coordinator and Director of the Grief Resources section. “We also welcome anyone struggling with death-related grief to contact the bereavement department at Mountain Valley Hospice. Everyone, sometimes, must grieve, but no one has to grieve alone or without hope.”

For more information, contact Josh Armstrong at Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, 789-2922, or Pat Gwyn at The Mount Airy Public Library at 789-5108.