TRU Grief Services wrapped up 2022 by reaching out to our community and “leveling up” the services we provide.
In November 2022, TRU’s Grief Services team offered a grief support group titled “Stepping into the Holidays” to encourage participants to explore the possibilities of celebrating and connecting with loved ones in meaningful ways.” The group was offered at both the Longmont and Lafayette Senior Centers, as well as at TRU’s Trailridge office, and was well-received and attended by more than 30 participants.
Part of taking care of our community means taking care of our employees and volunteers. After the Club Q tragedy in Colorado Springs, TRU Grief Services quickly came together to offer a safe space for employees and volunteers to gather, grieve, and support one another. After facilitating this virtual gathering, TRU Grief Counselor Richard Mercer shared, “My experience of last night’s group was energizing. Because the group was small, it was intimate. Folks appeared to connect and share from the depths of their hearts.”
Providing the best possible care for our bereaved clients entails staying current with the latest and most effective therapeutic modalities, and we are pleased to announce that TRU Grief Counselor Richard Mercer and TRU counseling intern Jessica Austin recently completed EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy training. EMDR is a modality found to be effective in healing trauma and addressing anxiety, depression, and other conditions. “EMDR has been proven effective in many studies, and has been adopted by the VA as a reimbursable treatment for PTSD,” said TRU Grief Counselor, Charley Rosicky. Including Sue Ann Belmont, who had already been trained in EMDR, three of TRU’s five grief counselors are now able to offer this valuable service to our clientele.
To learn more about our grief service programs, groups, counselors, and resources, please visit trucare.org/grief.