Navigating grief can be difficult, especially in the middle of a pandemic. The Sharp HospiceCare Bereavement Department recognizes the unique challenges of losing a loved one during this time and is offering this free virtual healing through grief program.
You will receive information and guidance on how to navigate through the holidays, including how to better understand your grief, improve your coping skills and explore the meaning of the season while healing from a loss.
The evening program includes:
- Inspirational speakers
- Personal stories on grief and hope
- Question-and-answer time
If you need to cancel your registration for this event,
please call 1-800-827-4277 Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, or log in to your account to cancel online.
Kelly Engleson, LCSW
Engleson, a licensed clinical social worker at Sharp HospiceCare, has been a Sharp employee since 2002. She initially worked as a medical social worker with patients and families during the end-of-life process. Since 2009, Engleson has been a part of the Bereavement Department providing counseling to individuals and families, and facilitating grief support groups.
Melizza Esperenza, LCSW
Esperenza has been a licensed clinical social worker at Sharp HospiceCare since 2015. She provides support to patients and families navigating chronic illness, end of life and bereavement. Esperenza initially worked as a medical social worker at Sharp Grossmont Hospital and has been a Sharp employee since 2013.
Laura M. Grayson, MSW
Grayson is the supervisor of the Social Service Department at Sharp HospiceCare. She has been working in hospice for over 19 years and is a certified grief and loss counselor. Her commitment is to provide education and support to the bereaved, providing them with the information and tools needed to navigate through the grieving process.
Jonathan C. Frey, M.Div., SCC
Frey is a spiritual care counselor at Sharp HospiceCare and has been at Sharp since 2015. He has worked as a chaplain at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, supporting patients in various contexts, including the behavioral health and rehabilitation units, as well as palliative care and end of life.
5:15-5:35 pm: Comforting music and slides
5:35-5:40 pm: Welcome and introduction (Melizza Esperenza, LCSW)
5:40-5:55 pm: A meaningful opening reflection (Kelly Engleson, LCSW)
5:55-6:20 pm: Creative and helpful coping strategies (Laura M. Grayson, MSW)
6:20-6:40 pm: Sharing stories and memories of her journey with grief and personal growth (Sherri Summers, guest speaker)
6:40-6:50 pm: Question-and-answer panel
6:50 pm: A peaceful closing reflection (Jonathan C. Frey, MDiv, SCC)
This virtual event will take place via Webex. Login instructions will be sent via email on Monday, Nov. 15. We encourage you to test the link at least a day in advance to ensure that you do not encounter any technical difficulties.
On the day of the event, please log in at least 5-10 minutes early and test your Webex connection. We suggest using a computer, smartphone or tablet that has audio and video functionality and have a phone as a backup in case you encounter any tech or internet connection issues.
Please be sure that your device is fully charged or plugged in and that you have a reliable internet connection. You should close all other applications and turn off/silence any notifications prior to the event. For best audio results, consider wearing earbuds or a headset.