On Tuesday, Oct. 29, Hospice of the Prairie is hosting a “Men's Tailgate Supper” for men who have experienced a loss of someone close to them.
The event will be an opportunity for men to learn about healthy grieving methods and talk about their own personal losses. Grief specialist Jerry Hodges will present information on the unique components of men's grief and ways to tackle the challenge of losing a loved one. A hearty supper will also be served at the event.
“We do know that while there are some similarities in how men and women grieve and mourn there are also some differences,” Hodges said. “So it gives men an opportunity to be with other guys and to learn about the experience of grief and learn some healthy ways to mourn…. It's an opportunity to share with one another and to be encouraged and to hopefully find some inside strength to grieve and mourn in a healthy way.”
Hospice of the Prairie holds the Tailgate Supper each year. The event is free and last year saw around 20 participants. It is part of several different bereavement services offered by the Hospice.
“One of the aspects of the services of Hospice is not only to provide Hospice care for patients and support for families of the dying but also to offer bereavement services for not only families but everyone in the community,” Hodges said.
Some of the Hospice's bereavement services include individual counseling, mailings, children's day camps and grief support groups including groups for students. Bereavement services are always free.
Hospice of the Prairie has been active in Dodge City since 1981. It has approximately 60 volunteers.
To sign up for the Men's Tailgate Supper, contact Hospice of the Prairie at 620-227-7209.