Welcome Home of Chattanooga will offer a supportive session called "Healing for the Holidays" to help those who are dealing with loss this holiday season. The nonprofit provides a community of hope, healing and compassion for those facing a serious illness or death who need safe shelter.
The program will be led by grief counselor Susan Latta who has 25 years of experience as a former director of bereavement at a local hospice center.
The virtual program will be on Dec. 5 from 4-5:30 p.m. Register online at welcomehomeofchattanooga.org.
Executive Director of Welcome Home of Chattanooga Sherry Campbell, says grief is always challenging, but for those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one, the holidays are especially difficult. "The program helps people know that they are not alone. To know that other people are in the same boat as you, that's comforting in itself. Susan Latta will discuss ways to cope with the burden of grief during the Christmas season and she will share ways to help others," said Ms. Campbell.
The goal of the program is to help participants reduce stress, minimize loneliness and discover a healthy approach to the holiday season. At the end of the session, participants will have an opportunity to honor a loved one during a candlelight ceremony.
The program is free and open to the public.