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Marc’s Place to offer grief counseling meetings in January

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Jonesboro Police Department will now offer once-a-month meetings for people struggling with loss and grief.

The meetings will begin Jan. 4th thanks to Marc’s Place.

The non-profit organization bearing the name of murder victim Marc Despain promises help and healing for victims of violent crime.

“We are going to broaden that to include family friends or family members not directly related to the incident who may be struggling or trying to help someone who is struggling,” Tana Despain, Marc’s mother said. “So they can come and discuss any problems or information that they might need. Coming off the holidays everyone’s already down already. So I am hoping we can start with January and get a fresh start on everything.”

Marc’s Place came about after Marc Despain was murdered in his home. Since that time, Despain's wife, father-in-law and two other men have begun serving time in connection with the murder-for-hire case.

“I am not a certified counselor, but I have lost my son to murder; so I know and understand what a lot of people who have been affected by violent crime feel,” Despain said. “I know what their feelings are. I know what the downside is. I’ve also learned that there’s an upside and that’s what I want to help people get to.”

Despain has seen support for Marc’s Place grow. With that growth, she believes there has been healing for her.

“I am doing much better. I struggled for about two years after Marc was murdered and I just gave over to God,” Despain said. “That’s all that has helped me get through this. Getting back on my feet. Getting a positive outlook and knowing that I want to help others in similar situations has been a plus for me. It keeps me focused.”

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