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Nursing Home Comes Together for Holidays

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Winter is here, and challenging weather conditions can make it difficult to see loved ones during the holidays, especially when families are out of state.

Aspen View retirement home resident, Margaret Anderson said, "It is hard when they become ill and leave us, but that's all part of life and we learn to take the best advantage of it we can."

It can be hard to escape grief during the holidays, but Aspen View Retirement Center has seen every stage of grief throughout the years.

Aspen View, Co-Manager, David Riley said, "You can't treat it as a cliff, or you'll fall over. It's more of a road that you have to travel through and you know it's going to be there and you do, you just travel through it. We're there along side it, and a lot of their friends here along side of it too."

It can be a difficult time for many during the holidays but especially for those who don't have support.

"When my husband passed away five years ago I've had time to get a little bit used to being by myself. I enjoy it here because there's so many people and there's always something going on," said Anderson.

But with grief comes a great big community, which is the foundation Aspen View is built on.

"We try to be sensitive to loss. We face it every day. We've had residents pass away several within the last few months, some sudden, some expected and it's an event that is very close to people that are the age they are here," said Riley.

Through the trials of life, Anderson said she tries to sit next to new faces to see if she can offer a word of encouragement.

"I see some people who withdrawal a little bit, but we try to include them and be like one big family," said Anderson.

Aspen View is strict on their volunteer policy, and does not offer opportunities to volunteer, but other places do.

If you're looking to give back to the community, Mission Ridge is looking for volunteers for the holiday season.

If you're interested in volunteering, contact Tina Price at 655-5736.

St. Johns Lutheran Ministries is also looking for holiday volunteers too. If you're interested contact Shelly Hoovestal at 655-5600.

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