With the recent suicide of Robin Williams, much has been written and said about the need for all of us to recognize the signs and causes of both addiction and depression, as well as to encourage those who suffer from such diseases to seek help.
Without question, we need to do everything in our power to reach these individuals to offer as much care as possible.
There is another aspect to this issue that should be addressed. From his family and friends to his legions of fans, Mr. Williams left behind countless individuals touched by grief who may also need support. As such, they join literally millions of people in our country who experience grief every day and are unsure where to turn in their time of need.
When touched by death, individuals often undergo a myriad of emotions, physical disorders and upset of spiritual beliefs, often in isolation. Despite the prevalence of grief in our society, few of us are prepared to deal with it ourselves or to lend support to someone else.
The Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support was founded in 2001 to provide bereavement support services and resources for those who anticipate the death of someone or have survived a death, including the loss of a beloved pet.
Our professional staff and trained volunteers understand that the death of someone significant in our lives is one of the most difficult experiences we will encounter.
Serving as educators, listeners, advocates and coaches, while offering empathic understanding and a safe place to grieve, we are available to provide such specialized support.
At the Good Grief Center, we mourn the loss of Robin Williams, who brought great joy to so many.
His death reminds us that we all need support at such times in our lives.
DIANA M. HARDY Director Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support Squirrel Hill The center is a service of Ursuline Senior Services.
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