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Jocelyn C. Allison - Writer/Reporter
"I think sometimes people have the expectation if they get through it once, they're going to be OK," said Marianna Wolfmeyer, chaplain for the Centegra Sage Cancer Center at Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry and facilitator for Living with Grief, the hospital's bereavement group.
Sharing grief with others is important during a period when many people experience what is known as disenfranchised grief, when societal and cultural pressures discourage the bereaved from outwardly expressing their loss, Wolfmeyer said. "People need to have permission to experience whatever it is they can experience and are experiencing in the moment," she said. That starts with remembering that grief doesn't take a vacation - or a holiday - just because we do, Wolfmeyer said. "Essentially there's no fix for your grief and there's no really getting over it in a real sense," she said.
Marianna Wolfmeyer,Licensed counselor and chaplain at Centegra Sage Cancer Center
Marianna Wolfmeyer, Oncology Chaplain at Centegra Health Systems
The event held in conjunction with the national Cancer Survivors Day is in its fourth year, said Marianna Wolfmeyer, an oncology counselor, chaplain and grief support specialist at the center.
"Our hope is that they feel an increased sense of community with each other and us at Sage," she said, adding that while Sage is a place where difficult events happen, it also is a place where people can find comfort. One of those places is the garden located in the middle of the cancer center. The spot is dedicated to patients, Wolfmeyer said, adding that to make sure patients have a quiet place to go, hospital employees aren't allowed to eat lunch there.
Marianna Wolfmeyer, oncology counselor, chaplain and grief support specialist at the cancer center, is involved with people from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
"Many people have treatment for five to six weeks, five days a week," Wolfmeyer said. "Over that period of time, they feel the support of the Cancer Center community that tries to meet various needs they may have as they receive treatment." For Wolfmeyer, the opportunity to be with patients, families and community members is the best part of her job. "I get to connect with people in sacred and rich times of life and empower individuals to manage their experience," she said. Wolfmeyer's kind and compassionate caring represents just one part of the services offered at Centegra Sage Cancer Center and she knows that success is dependent on the contributions of every highly trained member of the multi-disciplinary cancer care team. It is the dedication and willingness to bring individual talents to serve patients that makes the Center a unique place for treatment. "We understand the challenge of the cancer experience," Wolfmeyer said.