Com­pass Re­gional Hospice sched­ules pet loss work­shop

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Senior Satellite -

CENTREVILLE — Com­pass Re­gional Hospice is ex­pand­ing the Hope and Heal­ing Cen­ter’s grief sup­port ser­vices to in­clude coun­sel­ing and ther­a­peu­tic work­shops for those who are deal­ing with the loss of a pet.

Join CRH for the first-time of­fer­ing of a ther­a­peu­tic pet loss work­shop from 10 a.m. to noon Satur­day, Oct. 14, at the Hope and Heal­ing Cen­ter, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville.

This ther­a­peu­tic work­shop will be fa­cil­i­tated by Linda Turner, be­reave­ment coun­selor for Com­pass Re­gional Hospice. The work­shop is open to the public. There is a $10 reg­is­tra­tion fee, how­ever, no one will be turned away due to in­abil­ity to pay.

“When some­one close to us dies, our loss is usu­ally met with sym­pa­thy, com­fort and of­fer­ings of sin­cere con­do­lences, and yet many pet own­ers are not met with the same sup­port and are of­ten left to grieve alone,” Turner said. “We rec­og­nize that pets be­come a part of our fam­ily and the loss of their un­con­di­tional love can be very dif­fi­cult to cope with.”

This ther­a­peu­tic work­shop is de­signed to pro­vide a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment for in­di­vid­u­als to find hope and heal­ing af­ter los­ing their furry loved ones with oth­ers deal­ing with sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences. With fa­cil­i­ta­tion from the group leader, par­tic­i­pants may share mem­o­ries of their pet, dis­cuss new ways to cope with their grief and com­plete a special re­mem­brance ac­tiv­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the grief sup­port ser­vices of­fered through the Hope and Heal­ing Cen­ter, con­tact Com­pass Re­gional Hospice at 443-262-4100 or www.com­pass­re­gion­al­hos pice.org/ho­pe­and­heal­ing.

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