GALA

Record Observer - - Se­nior Satel­lite -

took her friends’ ad­vice and made the call to hospice. She en­rolled her two youngest chil­dren, Michael and Faith, into the school-based grief coun­sel­ing pro­gram at Sudlersville Mid­dle School with Rhonda Knotts, be­reave­ment

co­or­di­na­tor for Com­pass Re­gional Hospice.

“They came home ex­cited af­ter their ses­sions with Rhonda. As a mom, that gave my heart so much joy to know that they were re­ceiv­ing the coun­sel­ing they needed,” Corder said.

Michael and Faith also at­tended the 2016 Camp New Dawn — a three-day, two-night re­treat for griev­ing chil­dren, teens and fam­i­lies held each

sum­mer. There they learned healthy cop­ing skills and made new friend­ships with other chil­dren who have lost a loved one.

Corder and her two old­est chil­dren, Lo­gan and Gabrielle, at­tended coun­sel­ing ses­sions with be­reave­ment coun­selor, Ann OCon­nor at the Com­pass Re­gional Hospice Hope and Heal­ing Cen­ter.

“We were able to deal with

my hus­band’s death in a dif­fer­ent way than the younger two,” Corder said. “From this, we gained the courage to work with one an­other, which helped us un­der­stand how each of us felt.”

“I did not know how to push my fam­ily through while car­ry­ing the bur­den of be­ing a sin­gle mom for the first time in my life,” Corder said. “Ann let me know that every­thing I was

feel­ing was nor­mal and that I can­not rush grief. For that, I am for­ever grate­ful.”

End­ing her story, Corder told gala guests, “To me, hospice has been a God­send and our com­mu­nity is blessed to have this.”

Kenda Lea­ger, de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for Com­pass Re­gional Hospice, said, “We rely on fundrais­ing events like the gala, and do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity

for at least 30 per­cent of our op­er­at­ing bud­get. Pro­ceeds from the gala make it pos­si­ble for us to say ‘yes’ to any­one who needs our ser­vices, re­gard­less of their abil­ity to pay.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the hospice and grief sup­port ser­vices avail­able in Caro­line, Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties, call 443-262-4100 or visit www.com pass­re­gion­al­hos pice.org.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.