EUREKA >> Spend the afternoon exploring the role saying goodbye plays in healing from grief, and create symbols of your own unique message of farewell at Hospice of Humboldt’s Creative Arts Gathering “Exploring the Process of Saying Goodbye.” Offered by Grief Support Services on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., this workshop discusses the many ways to say goodbye.

Some goodbyes come before a parting, and others come after. When someone we love has died, saying goodbye to them can occur many times in many ways. “Expressing love, forgiveness, regret, gratitude, and blessings are often elements of the need to say goodbye,” says Julie Doerner, grief counselor. “It helps heal a grieving heart to explore the emotions experienced when coping with the death of a loved one.”

Creative Arts Workshops are open groups which meet one Saturday each month at Hospice of Humboldt, 2010 Myrtle Avenue in Eureka. For more information or to register, call Gretchen at 707-445-8443. Everyone is welcome to attend and no artistic experience is necessary. A donation of $3-$5 is suggested to cover material costs, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. More information about this and upcoming Creative Arts Gatherings is available at

Hospice of Humboldt’s Grief Support has been serving the community and hospice families for over 35 years. Grief Support counselors provided emotional support and grief education to individuals and families who, as a result, are able to mourn their loved ones and receive comfort during their time of grief. For more information about services provided by Hospice of Humboldt’s Grief Support Services, please call 445-8443 or log on to

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