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The La Crescent Community Bereavement Program, both educational and supportive, is a place to learn how to manage your pain and discover how to avoid unnecessary pain.

The program will provide a framework for moving through the steps of grieving.

“Through acknowledging and engaging the grief responses, participants gain a sense of hope,” a news release about the program said. “By actively mourning the death and setting your intention to heal, you can create peace within yourself.”

The program is a collaboration between Crucifixion Catholic Church, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and La Crescent United Methodist Church. Nurses and counselors, assisted by clergy, will lead the program, which ism is free and is open to anyone.

The meetings will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in La Crescent. They will include the following Thursdays: July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23, September 6 and 20, October 4 and 18, and November 1 and 15. There are a total of 10 meetings. Each meeting will include an educational portion and time for sharing personal experiences.

A recent participant in the program commented, “I am so thankful I attended this program. Death turns your whole life upside down. Expressing your feelings by talking, is such a relief. This program offers good support which I found very helpful.”

For more information and/or to register, please call Jane Welch at 507-894-4521 by July 6.

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