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Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley to Host Free Grief/Support Counseling for Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Human Interest Oct. 4, 2017 (Tehachapi, CA) – Like so many other fellow Americans, the residents of the Tehachapi Valley have been profoundly impacted – either directly or indirectly – by the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV. Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley (AHTV) knows the community grieves with us for those lives lost and is praying for the victims still recovering, along with their loved ones.

In support of the wide range of emotions and frustrations associated with a tragic event such as this, AHTV will host the first in a series of grief/support counseling sessions beginning on Monday, Oct. 9. There will be two sessions held in the hospital’s main conference room, 109 West “E” St., Tehachapi: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. These meetings are free and open to the public. Times/dates for additional sessions have yet to be determined; details will be shared once they are available.

As an integral part of the Tehachapi Valley, AHTV believes in providing faith-based whole-person care. Our expanded mission statement – Living God’s love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope – also compels us to provide this type of opportunity to seek comfort, understanding and resolution.

Experts from our Spiritual Care and Social Work teams – Taylor Laurie, Director for Spiritual Care & Volunteer Services and Teri Strahan, AHTV’s lead, licensed social worker – will partner to lead out these sessions. The community is encouraged to attend; we ask that you share this notice with friends and family members who may be experiencing stress and/or anxiety regarding the Las Vegas incident.

“We truly want to be a resource for our community – and for Adventist Health, that includes more than just physical care,” said Jeff Lingerfelt, AHTV’s President. “In the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas, we are here for our friends and neighbors who can benefit from the support and expertise that Taylor and Teri can provide. The blessing in a horrific event like this is that people can come together for peace and healing.” Please download the Grief/Support Counseling flier here.