Judy began sessions with Pathways of Hope grief counselor Bonnie Orlins. Although Judy wasn’t expecting positive results, she says what happened in sessions with Bonnie was “phenomenal.”
“By far, Bonnie has been one of the most influential people in my life,” Judy said. “She gave me the tools I needed to cope with the loss of Shawn.”
Unfortunately, Judy needed Bonnie even more when her husband passed away two years after Shawn. “But I have gotten through it, with Bonnie’s help, the love from my family, and lots and lots of prayer,” Judy said.
Free counseling services for all
"Pathways of Hope provides a wide range of services to the community, all at no charge, thanks to our supporters," said Bonnie. "Our counselors, social workers and an art therapist have significant experience and expertise in journeying with grieving children, adolescents, and adults."
One-on-one counseling sessions are available by appointment. Many times, just one session can provide adequate information for the griever to feel they are processing grief normally. For Judy, it was a two-year process.
Grief support groups provide a much-needed bridge over the difficult days, weeks and months following a loss. A general grief support group is offered for anyone who has had a loss, plus specific groups are for people who have experienced a sudden loss, or the loss of a spouse, parent, or adult child.
Pathways of Hope also provides school-based programs and "Art Forever After," an art-based group for family members of all ages. Camp Pathways is an overnight summer camp for youths aged 7-17 who have experienced the death of a loved one.
The phone call from Judy's granddaughter changed her life. So did the phone call Judy made to Pathways of Hope. "Pathways of Hope made all the difference in the world," said Judy. "Grief is a process, and I needed help going through mine."