First grief center for adults to open in Fort Wayne

Visiting Nurse breaks ground for its Community Grief Center, a grief center specifically for adults.
Visiting Nurse breaks ground for its Community Grief Center, a grief center specifically for adults.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A hospice organization, Visiting Nurse, announced plans Wednesday to raise money in order to fund the first community grief center in Fort Wayne specifically for adults.

Visiting Nurse seeks to “provide compassionate care to alleviate suffering and ensure quality of the life for those affected by serious illness,” according to the organization’s mission statement. The organization currently offers several programs for those in need of grief support. 

Visiting Nurse said the organization saw a 45 percent increase in the number of people looking for grief counseling in 2012, serving more than 850 family members of those in hospice care.

“The new Visiting Nurse Community Grief Center addresses an urgent and growing need for grief support aimed specifically at adults, with the goal of supporting and assisting as they return to a full and productive life,” the news release said.

Visiting Nurse has raised $4.6 million of a $5.5 million goal toward the center. Once complete, the center will offer group and individual counseling for free.

The center is expected to open at 5910 Homestead Road in about a year.

One of the programs the center will offer is designed for caregivers who are adjusting to life now that their loved one has passed away.

For a complete list of programs visit Visiting Nurse.

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