Seminar to better deal with grief

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Dealing with grief is something everyone is forced to deal with at some time.

One local organization is working to help Region 8 residents not only understand the grief process, but deal with caregivers who might not be helping the situation.

Jonesboro's Hope Circle held a grief seminar at Arkansas State University May 18th and 19th.

Around two hundred people listened to Psychologist and Grief Counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt speak about the complexities of grief and how to handle those individuals who try to "fix" the situation.

Dr. Wolfelt serves as Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colorado and is on the faculty at the University of Colorado Medical School's Department of Family Medicine.

Hope Circle manager, June Morse, says grief is a real issue that needs to be understood and discussed,  "Helping people understand the normal process of grief and mourning and how important it is when you are grieving, when you are going through bereavement that grief, that mourning is validated."

June says one of the worst misconceptions with the grief process is people assigning a certain period of time for it to run it's coarse or caregivers attempting to "fix" the individual in mourning.

These are two of the issues Dr. Wolfelt speaks to people about in his seminars, "The great thing about Dr. Wolfelt is that he actually listens to the people speaking to him.  He understands their questions and helps them to understand exactly what the grief process is and how to deal with it or others in their life."

This is Dr. Wolfelt's third trip to Jonesboro.

For more information about this seminar you can contact June Morse at Hope Circle or log on to their website.

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