Healing through grief

Teaching families to deal with loss

November is national Hospice month. Yakima Valley’s four cooperating hospice agencies; Memorial Hospice, Yakima Regional Home Health & Hospice, Kittitas Valley Home Health & Hospice and Lower Valley Hospice and Palliative Care; again welcome professional speaker and grief counselor Doug Smith for a free public seminar to teach individuals and families how to best deal with loss and grief.

Helping Ourselves and Our Families Heal in the Midst of Grief
Wednesday, November 4 from 6-8 PM
Howard Johnson-Plaza Hotel
9 N. 9th Street
Yakima, WA 98901
Featuring: DOUGLAS C. SMITH, M.A., MS, M.DIV
FREE to the public

Smith presented a hospice seminar entitled “It Takes a Valley to Say Goodbye” in April, 2008 to a combined audience of over 300 people. Those present were very moved and motivated by his thoughtful and meaningful remarks.

With over 25 years experience as a counselor, therapist, and health care administrator, Smith offers guidance from his own personal struggles with grief, having lost to death a brother and two daughters.

“Dying is a topic not spoken of much in our culture, especially to children, because we try to “protect” our children from death,” says Mark Young with Memorial Hospice. “But that is not healthy. This seminar is a way for parents and grandparents to find ways to help their children and grandchildren understand and accept the death of a loved one, a pet, a playmate, a sibling, or a parent or grandparent.”

This seminar is open and free to the public.

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