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Grief center latest step in community assistance

At last – a dream come true. A grief center for this community.

In 1987 I became a widow following the death of my husband Tom. During his illness, we had the good fortune to become acquainted with Visiting Nurse & Hospice. These wonderful people – the nurses, social workers and volunteers – were angels of mercy who came into our lives at a terrible time. They were there for us with their compassionate care and concern.

Following Tom's death, I was invited to attend a bereavement support group that met monthly. It only took one meeting with these wonderful people to know that they understood much of what I was feeling. I no longer felt alone in my grief.

After attending this group for a number of months, I was asked to become a co-facilitator. I am now a practicing grief and loss counselor, continuing to facilitate the support groups after 25 years. Public awareness of the need to process grief has grown to the point that classes are offered at our local colleges. I have the privilege of guest lecturing, teaching students how to help the bereaved.

And now a grief center. For those of us who have taken part in bereavement groups and experienced our own healing as well as witnessing the healing of other group members, this is, indeed, a dream come true. Thank you, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, and all who have benefited from your service to the community and all those who support your work.