The Austintown Senior Center has teamed up with Crossroads Hospice to offer a free grief recovery program beginning Feb. 17. The program is for any Valley resident who has experience a loss of any kind.
"This program covers a wide range of grief," said Senior Center Program Director Kay Lavelle.
She said it covers those who have lost a loved one, a pet, are suffering from a job loss, or the loss of finances or just becoming a victim. It can also cover family members who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
"While you still have the family member with Alzheimer's around, in essence they are not there. They are not the person you once knew," Lavelle said. "That can be a loss too."
She said the program covers any kind of loss, even a family pet. Some people suffer a loss and carry it with them for years after. This program gives people the tools they need to get past it and move on.
"This is how to deal with a loss," Lavelle said. "It addresses how to address it and put it where it should be."
She said the program is not for just seniors either. Any age group, even entire families, are welcome to take part in the 10-12 week program.
This is the second year for the grief program. Last it was held and was well attended. That encouraged both sponsoring entities to continue the program this year.
"Several from last year went through the program and at the end said they felt the world had been lifted off their shoulders," Lavelle said.
To pre-register for the program, contact the Senior Center at 330-953-1416. Lavelle said anyone who shows up on Monday, Feb. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. will be welcomed. For those who can't make the first meeting, they can come the following week on Monday, same hours, and still get the workbook and the right to attend the balance of the program's meetings. There are no catches and no fees involved. It is totally free to the public as a community event.