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Memorial park provides grief support materials

Posted: April 9, 2010 11:18 p.m.
Updated: April 10, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Eternal Valley Memorial Park General Manager Richard Steinmetz, left, and Operational Supervisor Steven Otten leaf through a grief management portfolio that is part of a library of material available for professionals to help people cope with grief.

 
While much comfort and strength comes from Scripture in times of grief, there are other readings and tools that people can draw help from, said Rabbi Mark Blazer of Temple Beth Ami.

Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary recently made available The Dignity Memorial Guidance Series, a grief management library that includes brochures, booklets, DVDs and CDs offering personal advice and empathetic insights.

Those in need of such materials can find them free of charge at the memorial park located at 23287 N. Sierra Highway in Newhall.
Materials cover topics such as grieving the death of a loved one or child and how to plan a funeral or cremation service.

Memorial park officials also distributed copies of the materials to local faith leaders to help them provide resources for their congregants.

"The clergy in our community deal with grief every day," said Richard Steinmetz, the memorial park's general manager.

"It is our sincere hope that this library will aid in their effort to bring sensitivity and empathy to those who mourn." The materials will allow people to have a hard copy as something they can turn to and use as a guide, Blazer said.

"Grief is a very personal and complex process that can often be a long and difficult period in an individual's (and) family's lives," said pastor Bill Haley, of First Christian Church in Canyon Country. "While each individual must deal with grief in his or her own way, this comprehensive library is a valuable resources for those of us trying to help them cope with the loss of a spouse, parent, child or other loved one."

Haley said he'll often visit a library or look up resources somehow to help people understand the stages of grief and their emotions. The guides provided by Eternal Valley will be a helpful resource as he guides others, he said.

"They really have pinpointed different things that help people understand," he said.

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