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  For Your Health
BY LIZ LAWSON YOUNG
   Surviving Together: How One Woman’s Journey Through Grief is Helping Others
When Linda Frost accepted a position at CareWell Services 26 years ago, she did not expect to be facilitat- ing grief and caregiver support groups. But life has a way of taking you on journeys you didn’t expect.
the opportunity to transition to Demen- tia and Caregiver Outreach Coordina- tor at CareWell. Now in that position, Frost facilitates a grief support group, as well as several other groups and workshops.
 Frost began her career at CareWell, then known only as the Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, as a Supports Coordinator. She then moved on to
“The grief group is for anyone that experienced a loss. Right now, we’re seeing mainly those who have had spouses that have passed away. The group is open to anyone who needs support,” said Frost.
a supervisory role for the MI Choice Waiver program, and eventually settled as the Clinical Director, a role she filled for well over a decade.
experiencing grief. So, [the pastor said] why don’t you start one?” Frost remembers.
Frost recently completed a 12-week program to become a certified grief educator. The program, offered through grief expert David Kessler, equips those who have experienced grief with more tools and techniques to help oth- ers navigate their own grief.
During her early years at CareWell, Frost experienced the loss of her
two young grand children and then her daughter, all in four short years. This overwhelming grief led her to reach out to her church community for support.
What began as a personal request for support became a passion for Frost, which led her to facilitate various grief support groups for over eight years.
“My daughter has been gone now 16 years, and I thought I was pretty much through the grief process, and it’s amazing how [the training] puts
“There were groups for all other types of people, but not for those
That personal path merged with her professional one when she was offered
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