The Center for Living With Loss of CNY Hospice is offering a new way to cope with the grief of losing a loved one-by walking through it at Onondaga Lake Park.
"This group just started this April," said Ellen Etherington, the bereavement office's coordinator. "The feedback I get is that the people that have gone-enjoy it."
The walk meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month at the Salt Museum until October. The walk is free to join and in a drop-in format, not a membership, Etherington said.
"Anyone whose lost anyone through death may choose to walk," she said. "It's a non-threatening way to be in the company of other bereaved people. You can talk about your loss or not, or just choose to be with other people. The companionship and exercise are good too."
The center also provides two other walks at local-area malls. One-on-one counseling, drop in grief support groups over the summer, workshops, grief talks and a camp for bereaved children are among the center's other counseling options for those dealing with the death of a loved one.
"Not everything is for every one," Etherington said.
"Some people prefer one-on-one, other people prefer to be in a group and sometimes people will want to pursue multiple options. Everyone's grief is different."
She urged anyone needing help with their grief to call the center.
"Its open not only to our hospice bereaved families but to the community as well," she said. "I would urge anybody who has experienced a loss and feels they need some help working through it to give us a call."
The bereavement center is available through the hospice website at hospicecny.org or by calling 634-1100.