August 31, 2015
Compass Regional Hospice
Compass Regional Hospice begins its second year of hosting a support group for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. HALOS – healing after a loved one’s suicide –meets at Compass Regional Hospice, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. There is no cost for this support group. Anyone 18 and older is welcome to drop in as needed.
HALOS is co-facilitated by Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief counselor for Compass Regional Hospice, and Patricia Kotzen.
“We offer the HALOS support group through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center,” explains Knotts. “We are committed to helping people face the many emotions associated with grief. HALOS focuses on a particular kind of loss that carries with it guilt, shame and many other emotional responses to a loved one’s suicide.”
Kotzen, who lives on Kent Island, lost her son to suicide in 2010. “Our son took his life shortly after his 40th birthday,” she remembers. “This happened out of the blue; we had seen no signs that he was depressed or thinking about taking his life.”
Kotzen adds, “My husband and I looked for a support group and couldn’t find one locally. We did our best to make it through on our own.”
In 2013 Kotzen joined the board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and was trained to facilitate support groups. After participating in the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk in Columbia, Maryland, Kotzen decided to organize the first Mid-Shore MD walk. The Out of the Darkness Walk raises awareness about depression and suicide, and provides comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide.
The second Mid-Shore MD Out of the Darkness Walk will be held on Saturday, October 3,2015 at Ferry Point Park near the Chesapeake Exploration Center at Kent Narrows in Grasonville. To register for this year’s walk, visit afsp.donordrive.com/event/midshore.
For more information about the HALOS support group, contact Rhonda Knotts, Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4109 or email@example.com. Contact Patricia Kotzen, 410-643-7674 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about HALOS or the October 3 Out of the Darkness Walk. Learn more about other grief support programs available through the Hope & Healing Center by visiting www.compassregionalhospice/hopeandhealing.