A new center aims to offer grief support services to the Charleston community.
HospiceCare, which provides assistance to patients and families dealing with terminal illness, opened The Wallace Grief Support & Education Center Tuesday.
The $350,000 center is a 3,600-foot addition to the Grief & Loss Department at the main office, located at 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W.
HospiceCare previously offered grief services to Hospice patients, but as the need for grief counseling rises, officials are offering expanded services through the new center.
The Wallace Center will provide support group and individual counseling for adults, children and teens who are dealing with the loss of a parent, grandparent, sibling or child, as well as loss from miscarriage, homicide, suicide, divorce and loss of a family pet in the 16-county area.
A new children's therapy room will offer art therapy, play therapy and group therapy, as well as some multimedia educational programs. The room will be able to hold between 15 and 20 children.
The addition, which began construction in May and finished last month, will also have an expanded adult grief support area, five new offices and two new restrooms.
"We will be able to serve our community in a larger and more comprehensive way," said HospiceCare's Bereavement & Spiritual Care Director Michael D. Dupay. "It's support for the entire community - not just Hospice patients - and we're happy to offer individual and group support services to everyone."
The Wallace Center's programs and services are available to the general public and most insurance will be accepted, with fees based on a sliding scale.
HospiceCare counselors, chaplains and social workers are also available to visit local businesses, community group meetings or places of worship to provide grief support and education.
The Wallace Grief Support & Education Center is named after David and Margie Wallace, who were the main driving force behind opening the center and major supporters, said Jeff Sikorovsky, marketing director for HospiceCare.
For more information, call HospiceCare at 304-768-8523 for the Bereavement Department.