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Hosparus Health plans annual Hope & Healing event in support of families dealing with traumatic death

With incidents of homicide and drug overdose deaths on the rise in the Louisville area, families of victims need support more than ever. That’s one reason the Hosparus Health Grief Counseling Center hosts its annual “Hope & Healing” event, a program to remember those who have died a violent death by homicide, suicide or accident. Held on Sunday, March 4, the event is returning to the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St, for the eighth year.

The purpose of Hope & Healing is to provide a place for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one due to a traumatic, sudden death to memorialize the person who died and to gain strength from hearing how others have coped with tragic loss.

From 4 to 5:30 p.m., art materials will be available for individuals, families and children to create keepsakes in honor of those who died. Families may also bring photos of their loved ones to be included in a memorial display. Counselors and trained volunteers will be on hand to assist. There will also be refreshments, music, time for reflection and community fellowship.

At 5:45 p.m., there will be a Remembrance Ceremony with readings, music and messages of hope. Survivors will share how they have moved forward after experiencing sudden loss.

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is preferred. Register online or by calling the Hosparus Health Grief Counseling Center at 502-456-5451 or 888-345-8197. This event is made possible through grants and donations and the generosity of the Muhammad Ali Center. It is presented in collaboration with the Kentucky Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Louisville Metro Police Department, U.S. Army Survivor Outreach Services and the Interfaith Paths to Peace.

From Hosparus Health

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