Honoring our clinical bereavement counselors

Robin Stocksdale,  Gilchrist Hospice Care Bereavement Services Manager
Robin Stocksdale,
Gilchrist Hospice Care
Bereavement Services Manager

In my thirteen years of working for Gilchrist Hospice Care, I have had the privilege of working with some amazing colleagues who provide exceptional care for the families and friends of Gilchrist’s patients.  In March, we honored some of my colleagues through both Social Work Month and Child Life Month.  April is Counseling Awareness Month – and we want to take the opportunity to honor all of our Clinical Bereavement Counselors.

Gilchrist Hospice Care proudly employs eight Clinical Bereavement Counselors, all of whom hold master’s degrees in either psychology, social work, or pastoral counseling, and who are licensed in the State of Maryland at the highest clinical level.  Most are certified in Thanatology, the study of death, dying and bereavement.

These dedicated Bereavement Counselors provide compassionate emotional support to families and friends of loved ones who have died.  They are committed to supporting those who are grieving as they adjust to the loss, promoting healthy grieving, and encouraging survivors to create new lives of fullness and meaning.

Not only do our Bereavement Counselors offer counseling sessions to bereaved of hospice patients, they also serve those in the community who have suffered the loss of a loved one, sometimes in traumatic ways.  They additionally reach out to area businesses, faith communities, schools and long-term care facilities to support employees who are grieving, and to coach them in how to support a friend or colleague who is grieving.  You may also find Bereavement Counselors facilitating support groups, workshops and special events designed to care for those who are grieving.

One such event that the Bereavement Counselors are creating is “Caring for the Mind, Body and Spirit” a one day spring retreat for those who are grieving.  It will be held on Tuesday, April 30 from 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the lovely Gramercy Mansion Conference Center, 1400 Greenspring Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland  21153.  The charge of $60 per person covers the cost of the retreat center, workshops, continental breakfast and a light lunch.  We hope that you will join us if you are grieving, or encourage friends who are grieving to attend.  Registration and payment are required by Friday, April 12.  For more information, call 443-539-4086 or e-mail ghc_bereavement@gilchristhospice.org

And so, congratulations and thank you to our Clinical Bereavement Counselors for the high quality, compassionate, dedicated care you provide to those who are grieving.

For more information about Gilchrist Hospice Care’s bereavement services: more info

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