As I Live and Grieve

Nitty Gritty Grief, with Marj Smith

April 05, 2022 Kathy Gleason, Stephanie Kendrick - CoHosts
As I Live and Grieve
Nitty Gritty Grief, with Marj Smith
Show Notes

Summary Notes:
After calling hours are over and those priority tasks are completed, a series of choices arise:  should I remove my wedding band? will people tell me to think about dating? will I still be able to see my step-grandchildren? We call these the nitty gritty parts of grief -- the inevitable choices that keep bringing the reality of your loss into your daily life. Sometimes our heads spin with doubt, uncertainty, panic. Listen in today as we chat about these choices and others, and offer our thoughts on how you might deal with them.

Episode Notes:
Marj graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and returned to Roberts to complete her Masters of Social Work.  While working in mental health as a therapist, she experienced Hospice as a family member when her father died with Hospice support.  This experience fueled her desire to work with the dying.  She transitioned to Hospice Social Work in 2010, where her role concentrated on supporting terminally ill patients as they navigated the last stage of their lives.  She was drawn to Hospice because of the focus on dignity and comfort of the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.  In 2019, she accepted the position of Executive Director of Aurora House Comfort Care Home in Spencerport, NY, a two-bed Hospice House.  More recently Marj has been working with the Medicare population for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. In her spare time, Marj also officiates wedding ceremonies as an ordained Minister.

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Music by Kevin MacLeod