The Center, a 501(c)(3) organization, began operations in September 1999. It was founded by Christine Smith, M.S. and Shirley Elrod, M.A. The impetus behind the creation of the Center was the concern that bereavement support services were lacking in the area. The Center’s goal is to help other people understand what is normal in the grieving process as well as to educate the community at large on the issues of loss and bereavement.
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