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Community Care Hospice

1669 Rombach Ave.
Wilmington, OH 45177
Phone: 937.382.5400
Fax: 937.383.3898


Hospice of Central Ohio


2269 Cherry Valley Rd.
Newark, OH 43055

Inpatient Care Center

1320 West Main St.
Newark, OH 43055

Hospice of Central Ohio at
The Ohio State University
Wexner Medical Center

410 W 10th Ave - 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43210

Ohio's Community Mercy Hospice

Mitchell-Thomas Center
100 W. McCreight Ave., Ste. 400
Springfield, OH 45504
Phone: 937.390.9665

Ohio's Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties

5940 Long Meadow Dr.,
Middletown, OH 45005

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton

324 Wilmington Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45420

Ohio's Hospice of Fayette County

222 N. Oakland Ave.,
Washington Court House, OH 43160

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

Ohio's Hospice Loving Care

56 South Oak Street
P.O. Box 445
London, Ohio, 43140

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare

1900 Akron Rd.,
Wooster, OH 44691

Ohio's Hospice of Miami County

550 Summit Ave., Ste. 101,
Troy, OH 45373

Dealing With Grief Ambushes

Dealing With Grief Ambushes

It is natural for people who are in the process of grieving to dread certain events, such as holidays, anniversaries and birthdays. Grieving often begins in anticipation of an event; such grief is expected and accepted. 

However, the bereaved also may be taken by surprise by a grief ambush, which is usually unexpected and often elicits a significant emotional response. An ambush can be triggered by hearing a loved one’s favorite song on the radio, finding an old photograph or note from a loved one, or even something as trivial as passing a loved one’s favorite food in the grocery aisle. 

How Does One Handle an Ambush?

The healthiest way to handle a grief ambush is to accept it as part of the normal grieving process. Sometimes grievers report that they believed themselves to be doing well until, suddenly, they experienced an intense grief response. Afterwards, they judge themselves to have “gone backwards” in their grief. This is not the case. Understanding that these episodes are a normal part of grieving can take the fear out of the experience. 

Know they are going to happen, allow yourself to feel and express the emotions, and keep pressing forward in your grief journey.

For more information about dealing with grief ambushes, contact Pathways of Hope at 937.258.4991.

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