The Commercial Appeal

In times of need there is good grief

Kemmons Wilson Family Center helps

- By Jeremy C. Park Jeremy C. Park is president of the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club. He is host of “The Spark” on WKNO-TV Channel 10 on the third Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. and the “Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club” on KWAM-AM 990 on Saturday at 1 p

Last week we spotlighte­d the Dorothy Day House of Hospitalit­y. This week let us highlight the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief, which is the fi rst comprehens­ive bereavemen­t center f or children, adolescent­s and adults in the region.

The loss of a loved one, and coping with that loss, can be t he most difficult sit uation a person or family will ever f ace. Even with a strong support network in place, dealing with the grief and wave of emotions, like fear, anger, and guilt, can be too much to handle without help.

Thanks to the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation, the Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief is our helping hand, providing support and a safe environmen­t to individual­s as they move through the healing process.

Nestled in a serene setting on the campus of Baptist Colliervil­le, the Center offers a wide variety of bereavemen­t services. All services are free of charge and made possible through donations and grants funded by the Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation and various organizati­ons and individual­s.

Such services include individual support, family grief support groups, adult grief support groups, Holidays with Hope workshops, camps, and community education and crisis interventi­on.

Bereavemen­t specialist­s can provide emotional support through visits and phone calls after a loved one’s death. Families can attend together or attend their own age-appropriat­e support groups, which can also be specialize­d for widows and men.

Held annually, the Holidays with Hope Workshop helps grieving youth and adults prepare for the holidays, which can be tough. They offer separate Good Grief camps for those who have lost a loved one within the last two years.

Also, their specialist­s provide informatio­n and help with crisis interventi­on to assist area businesses, schools, churches, and community agencies.

Knowing the Center exists and empowering you to refer others to this valuable resource is important for the well-being of our community.

Consider visiting to see their amazing work or volunteeri­ng at camp to help their efforts.

For more informatio­n visit bmhgiving.org or call 901-861-5656 to talk with one of their trained specialist­s. On June 15, Alice and Richard Dieckhaus of Millington were crowned King and Queen of the the Senior Prom, which was held at the Frayser-Raleigh Senior Center. This is the second time they have held these royal titles.

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