Sherry 116px.jpg On Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 9 a.m., The Lexington Cemetery sponsored “Growing Through Grief”, a program designed to normalize the grief process and help people who have experienced a loss find ways to put some joy into their lives once again. During the program a grief recovery specialist will offer suggestions for coping and teach people how to grow through their grief.

The presenter for the program was Sherry Williams, president of New Leaf Resources™, a division of Sherry Williams Enterprises, a national business headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and established to help people cope and recover from losses in their life.

“The hurried pace of life with all of its demands can only add to the stress and confusion experienced by those who are grieving,” said Dan Scalf, president and general manager of The Lexington Cemetery. “We realized that for many people, this program would be when they planned to go on vacation or participate in family activities. Now without a close family member in their life to share these special times, it may have seemed empty. This program was our special way of reaching out to families we have served and to others in the community and let them know they do not have to travel their grief journey alone.”

Anyone who has experienced the death of a friend or loved one could benefit from attending this free program.

Williams is the publisher of New Leaf Magazine, an e-magazine for the bereaved, as well as author of Renewing Your Spirit®: A Guide for Holidays and Special Days, Beyond Goodbye: A Guide for your Journey through Grief) and is a contributing author to Every Woman’s Guide to Financial Security, When All the Friends Have Gone (A Manual for Aftercare) and What To Do When Someone Dies. She is listed in 2000 American Notable Women for outstanding service to community, state and nation.

“At first, people are doubtful whether they should attend the program because they are afraid it may cause them to relive their grief. Afterwards, participants felt the ‘Growing Through Grief’ program gave them a sense of hope. The many ideas that people have shared with us about how they are going to create new rituals and traditions were incorporated into our presentation,” said Williams,

For additional information on future programs, contact The Lexington Cemetery at 859-255-5522.