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School counselors, mental health professionals and other volunteers received special training Thursday, to help kids who have lost a parent or other close loved one, deal with grief. School counselors, mental health professionals and other volunteers received special training Thursday, to help kids who have lost a parent or other close loved one, deal with grief.
YAKIMA, WA - School counselors, mental health professionals and other volunteers received special training Thursday, to help kids who have lost a parent or other close loved one, deal with grief.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is hosting the workshop.

One woman we spoke with said she's been trying to initiate bereavement workshops for several years. Kristi Messer lost her mother to Leukemia when she was very young and said she wants to help children realize they're not alone.

"I had a brother that never healed from the grieving process, and he lost his life at 39 from the grief," said Messer. "And if we can do anything to prevent that from happening to any of the children in our community, that's what this is all about."

The first workshop for kids is scheduled for May 18th at Children's Village.

Memorial Hospital said they hope to make this an ongoing event.
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