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Coping with Grief and Loss the topic for the January 17 “Healthy Living…Together” Session

Jeff Thompson, Clinical Supervisor, Sanilac County Community Mental Health

McKenzie Health System has announced that “Healthy Living…Together” will start the new year off with a session focusing on “Coping with Grief and Loss” with guest speaker Jeff Thompson, Clinical Supervisor at Sanilac County Community Mental Health. The session will help individuals learn how to manage grief and loss and support others going through a difficult time. Online registration for the free event is now available at The live session takes place from noon to 1 p.m. and includes the ability to watch via Zoom or call in via phone; “Healthy Living…Together” events are also recorded and shared via McKenzie Health System’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. Speakers will be on video so participants can see and hear them; participants will be able to type interactive questions and comments for the Q&A discussion.

“Grief and loss can be particularly challenging to bear during the darker, colder winter months when many people tend to isolate and go out less often, so we are pleased to start the year with some meaningful tips and support for anyone experiencing a loss,” said Nina Barnett, Public Relations and Foundation Coordinator at McKenzie Health System and Healthy Living Together Committee Chair. “Our online and in-person communities offer a safe place to ask questions, learn more, and find the support and resources you need.”

Community members can learn more and register for each free event by calling 810-648-6117 or visiting the website at

Other 2024 dates and topics include:

· February 21, Diabetes, Let’s Talk About It: Counting Carbs and Exercise; Kris Kreiner, Registered Dietitian, McKenzie Health System

· March 20, Fishing in Sanilac County: Is It Safe to Eat?; Laurie Messing, Food Safety Educator, Michigan State University Extension

· April 17, Listening to Your Children; Breonna Studer, Clinical Supervisor, Sanilac County Community Mental Health

· May 15, Digital Safety: What Parents Need to Know; Matthew Gezequel, Sandusky Police Department

· June 19 (in person)—held at Diamond Trail, Sandusky, Exercise and Tai Chi for Seniors; Sandra Martin-Adams, Senior Services, McKenzie Health System

· July 17, Messages of Hope: Recovery from Substance Abuse Disorder and Mental Health Challenges; Lori Ziolkowski, Families Against Narcotics

· August 21, Preparing for Back to School; Leann Kerr, Peck Elementary Principal, Title 1 Coordinator and Curriculum Director

· September 18, Eating Healthy on a Budget; Carol Bublitz, Community Nutrition Instructor, Michigan State University Extension

· October 16, Organizing Tips & Hacks; Connie Kramer, Integrit Cleaning & Organizing Service

· November 20, Healthy Holiday Meals; Mary Gilbert, Community Nutrition Instructor, Michigan State University Extension

Healthy Living…Together is a project developed by McKenzie Health System in collaboration with the Sanilac County Health Department, MSU Extension, Great Start Collaborative Sanilac, and Sanilac County Community Mental Health.