Nowhere is grief more palpable than at a funeral home, as families and friends say goodbye to loved ones. Of course, the grief doesn’t end when the funeral does, and that’s why French Funerals and Cremations is building a first-of-its-kind on-site Grief Resource Center staffed by a full time grief counselor.

Linda H. Phelps was brought in by French seven years ago as a grief counselor because, “the feedback from families was they wanted ongoing grief support after the funeral,” she said. French responded with an in-house grief counseling program, and Phelps provides up to three one-hour grief sessions to French families at no additional cost.

In an attempt to expand those services to the larger community, French is now building a Grief Resource Center at the rear of its funeral home property on University, north of Lomas. The center will be in a remodeled multi-bay garage building and construction should be complete by Oct. 1, said Phelps, who holds a doctorate in educational gerontology and is a licensed marriage family therapist.

Excerpt from Albuquerque Journal | by Rick Nathanson, Journal Staff Writer