...helping caregivers so they can better help their loved ones.
What is Anticipatory Grief?
Grief is a natural response to loss. However, it is possible to feel the weight and pain of loss even as your loved one is still alive. Grief is actually something that starts well before death but combine it with a caregiver’s frustration and exhaustion, anticipatory grief becomes much more complicated. Not only is there the loss of a loved one’s physical abilities but the loss of independence, hope, and especially identity for both the caregiver and the care recipient. On top of this is the daily reminder of experiencing this unforeseeable grief as caregivers struggle to keep up a healthy perspective and routine.

Acknowledging anticipatory grief is vital to warding off caregiver burnout. Feelings of frustration, sadness, resentment, and confusion with what is happening are normal. As the primary caregiver you may experience feelings of relief after your loved one has died. You are not alone! Connecting with others that can relate and validate your experience is key, be it a support group or other form of consultation. By seeking support throughout your caregiving journey, you help not only yourself but your loved one and other caregivers. 

Please consider taking an hour for yourself and join one of our caregiver support groups now offered at various locations during the month for your convenience .
Are you gradually feeling more alone?
Do those around you just not seem to get what you are going through? 
How about an hour to focus on YOUR needs while meeting like-minded caregivers to share information and coping skills? These groups are non-disease specific to encourage caregivers to focus on their own concerns and circumstances. If you are a caregiver in need of support, please join us at any or all of the following monthly meetings facilitated by the Edel Caregiver Institute:
Demere Center for Living
Tuesday, June 11th ... 10-11am
Monday, June 24th ... 1-2pm
6000 Business Center Dr., Savannah
Contact Jill Costello at 912-629-1331 or
Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church
Thursday, June 6th ... 1-2pm
 Open Discussion
Thursday, June 20th ... 1-2pm
Terrie Matthews from Shepherd Living will discuss "How to know when you need help at home"
54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah
Contact Melissa Gaule with Coastal Care Partners at 912-314-1192 or email: M.Gaule@CoastalCarePartners.com
The following facilities have generously offered to accommodate your loved one as a complimentary service while you attend their caregiver support group.
Pre-registration is required.
** The Oaks at Pooler
Tuesday, June 11th ... 1-2pm
125 Southern Junction Blvd., #800, Pooler
Contact Garrett Slemmons at 912-348-2360 or
email: Garrett@OaksSeniorLiving.com to register your loved one for care as you attend support group.
** Summer Breeze
Monday, June 24th ... 10-11am
351 Wilmington Island Rd, Savannah
Contact Kelly Hagan at 912-898-9387 or
to register your loved one for care as you attend support group.
** Shepherd Living at
Savannah Quarters
Tuesday, June 25th ... 10-11am
101 Shepherd Way, Pooler
Contact Viv Rahn at 912-663-5026 or
email: VRahn@LiveShepherd.com to register your loved one for care as you attend support group.
Caregiver Stress Relief: Schedule some relaxation time just for you!   

 Restorative Yoga and Deep Relaxation
Thursday mornings from 9:30 - 10:30am

Join us for a yoga session that is focused on relaxation and quieting the mind.  This is not a stretching class , instead props such as bolsters and blankets are used to support the body. This allows the breath to move freely, encouraging the muscles to relax, and the mind to quiet. Within a short time, this practice encourages you to become submerged in a deeply relaxed state and drop into the silent space within.  No previous experience is necessary. Dress comfortably.
Have you ever left a doctor's appointment with more concerns or questions than before you went in?
Perhaps you felt rushed or were embarrassed, even hesitant to ask for more details?
Project Sherpa
A complimentary service of the Edel Caregiver Institute

Would you find it helpful if a doctor accompanied you and/or your care recipient to their next medical appointment to be an advocate on your behalf? Project Sherpa's retired medical professional volunteers do just that at no charge ! Your Sherpa will help ask questions and gather all the facts so that, together, you can make the best medical decisions for your, or your loved one's care.  Click here  for more information or call our office at 912-629-1331.
While there is no charge for our classes or support groups, we gratefully accept donations.
Please register in advance by calling 912-629-1331 or by e-mailing Jill at  JCostello@EdelCaregiverInstitute.org with your name and contact information.

Unless otherwise noted all classes are held at the Edel Caregiver Institute located at 6000 Business Center Drive, Savannah 31405.
Visit us online at www.EdelCaregiverInstitute.org

The Edel Caregiver Institute is part of the Hospice Savannah, Inc. continuum of care.