SHERMAN, Texas. March 17, 2014 – Melinda Kyla, Administrative Assistant at Home Hospice of Grayson County, Cooke, and Fannin Counties, is known as one of the best cooks in the office and has often volunteered to cook a meal for a patient. She also holds a vital role in the support group called Cooking for One in which she teaches members of the group easy ways to cook for one. Many participants in the group have recently lost a loved one and are learning how to cope with daily life on their own.
The Hope Center of Texoma, an outreach program of Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke and Fannin Counties, began offering Cooking for One four years ago. This workshop is designed to give recipe ideas to those who are now cooking for themselves, while enjoying good food and company with others who have experienced a loss.
This group will meet Thursdays in April on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Home Hospice Office, 505 W. Center Street in Sherman, Texas.
“Cooking for One is open to anyone,” said Melinda. “It can be for someone who doesn’t know how to cook at all, or for skilled cooks who would like to share ideas and gain new ideas from others. A lot of people feel discouraged when they are only cooking for themselves; I hope to make it fun for them again.”
During the Fall Cooking for One workshop, two of the men participating in it surprised the women in the group with roses. Each of the women had the chance to pick their favorite color. The women were so excited because some of them hadn’t received flowers since their husbands died.
“The day they brought the roses was my mother’s birthday,” said Melinda. “Daddy used to get her yellow roses all the time; it was a very special moment, and I’ve told that story to everybody! You never know what small thing you can do to touch someone.”
“Ultimately, when you come to Cooking for One, you have a fun and relaxing time; there’s no agenda,” said Jolene Senek, LBSW, CT, GC-C, Bereavement Coordinator for Home Hospice. “It’s simply a time for fellowship and interacting with others who have experienced similar losses; plus you get a free meal, and you can’t beat Melinda’s cooking.”
Cooking for One is free to attend, but registration is requested so that Home Hospice can provide adequate materials. Call Jolene Senek at 903-868-9315 to register. For more information or to find other workshops offered by Home Hospice visit www.homehospice.org/hopecenter/.
The Hope Center is a community outreach program in accordance with the mission of Home Hospice of Grayson County. Home Hospice has been providing care and support, comfort, and healing to the greater Texoma area for the past 30 years and has established the Hope Center to further its programs in grief support, community education and palliative care.