Compass Regional Hospice Now Offers Pet Loss Grief Support

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

Join us for the first time offering of a therapeutic pet loss workshop on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville.

This therapeutic workshop will be facilitated by Linda Turner, MS, bereavement counselor for Compass Regional Hospice. This workshop is open to the public.  There is a $10 registration fee. 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,” says bereavement counselor Linda Turner.  “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 & Healing Center, contact Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4100www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

About the Hope & Healing Center

The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the family of patients who died under Compass Regional Hospice’s care and members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one. The menu of services offered through the Hope & Healing Center have a common focus‐ rekindling hope and facilitating healing following a significant loss. Services include individual and family grief counseling, specialized grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, non‐ denominations spiritual counseling, remembrance events and therapeutic workshops. One of the popular grief support programs is Camp New Dawn, an annual summer camp for children, teens and families. Since most grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating the Hope & Healing Center.

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