Writing for Resilience (formerly Writing for Caregivers)

Writing for Caregivers has changed its name to Writing for Resilience to widen its net and include all the hospital community. Please join us for this weekly writing respite beginning Jan. 19!

According to The New York Times, the scientific research on the benefits of expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders and immunity, lower pulse and blood pressure, help reduce symptoms, boost memory and offer healing shifts in perspective. Writing can make people happier. 

For over two years, author and workshop leader Carol Henderson and UNC Hospitals' Bereavement Coordinator Heidi Gessner have offered a weekly writing respite—a time to sit quietly and write in response to prompts: poems, quotes, and stories. Staff, patients, and caregivers from around the hospital as well as members of the larger Chapel Hill community have participated.

We hope YOU will join us in 2016 and pass the word on to others as we continue offering this writing respite every Tuesday beginning Jan. 19 from 12 - 1 p.m. in the John Reeves Chapel (main hospital).

Writing for Resilience is facilitated by Carol Henderson, writer and workshop leader (www.carolhenderson.com); Heidi Gessner, UNC Hospitals Bereavement Coordinator; and Joy Javits, founder of DooR-to-DooR (doortodoornc.com).

For more information, please email Heidi at heidi.gessner@unchealth.unc.edu.

Sponsored by UNC Hospitals Bereavement Support Services, Project Compassion, DooR-to-DooR, and The Inavale Foundation.

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