Grief counseling available

“The death experience changes people, and creates some difficult challenges for those left behind,” said a local bereavement counselor. This volunteer group is offering help, as a free community service, through a multi-week class.

Volunteers have been trained and certified under the mentorship of Dr. Alen Wolfelt, director of the Center for Loss. These counselors have undergone hundreds of hours of training and helping residents of Ridgecrest and surrounding communities since 2007.

Counseling was previously offered to groups meeting in-person. But because of COVID restrictions on public gatherings, Marilyn Ball, Bob Troublefield and Shannon VanMeter will offer support virtually.

“If you have a computer, an iPad, or a smart phone you have the needed tools,” said the spokesperson. “Experience using Zoom is not required.”

The only requirement is that participants must have experienced the death of a close family member or friend.

For more information contact Ball at (760) 608-0992.

Story First Published: 2020-10-30