Grief counselor helps after losing loved one
Posted on: April 1, 2014

A recent article about ORSPC Board Member, Betty Medley:

By Rich Suwanski ©Messenger-Inquirer, March 30, 2014

Betty Medley took a group of people to Mrs. Janey’s House in Sacramento on Friday, a day-trip to the Tea Room for a carefree visit.

Medley, a certified grief counselor, said the monthly outings to various locations, such as Louisville, Nashville and French Lick, Ind., give people who have lost a loved one a chance to get some normalcy back in their lives.

“We go to have a good time,” Medley said. “We come together as friends for fellowship. “These are people who have gone through similar losses, and they’ve made friends with people they never knew. There’s camaraderie and friendship.”

The monthly outing is part of the Glenn Funeral Home Family Services Support Group and is open to anyone, not just Glenn clients. Medley is the funeral home’s Continuing Care coordinator for its Aftercare Outreach Program that contacts family members following funeral services. The program has operated since 2009.

“Families need follow-up care,” Medley said. “Friends and family do what they can, but after three weeks or so, the phone stops ringing, the doorbell stops ringing and funeral directors are not always able to reach out afterward, so that’s why continuing care is important.

“We can do counseling, support groups and day trips …”

Medley, 50, previously worked as the Director of Family Life for the Diocese of Owensboro for 23 years.

In addition to the Glenn’s Outreach program, she coordinates a Bereavement Support Group that meets at 2 and 6 p.m. on Mondays at the Owensboro Health HealthPark.

“People don’t want to talk about death, so it’s become taboo,” she said. “People don’t know what to say to someone who has lost a loved one because they don’t want to upset them, and sometimes they need someone outside the family who can help.”

Medley also hosts a luncheon on the third Monday of every month that is also open to anyone that draws about 40 people. She also hosts Camp Memories, a grief camp for children who have lost a loved one.

“I’m a social worker and a trained grief counselor, not a psychiatrist or licensed therapist,” she said. “If I see they need help, I can refer them.

“People talk about loneliness, sadness and how to go on with their lives. They’re learning how to cope with that loss and live a new life. Sometimes, all you have to do is listen to them. They want to tell their story, and that’s important.”

For more information, call Medley at 270-683-1505270-683-1505.

Rich Suwanski, 270-691-7315270-691-7315, or [email protected].

Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc.
Owensboro, Kentucky

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