Rural but Reachable: How to Build Grief Support by Creating Community
Session three of three: Rural Social Isolation and Loneliness Series
What are the unique qualities of our rural environments which lend to us creating community surrounding our common denominator of grief? Come explore in this engaging and interactive webinar where we will discuss how you can start the thread of connection in your own community to support those in grief. How has COVID-19 changed this and where are we now as we create new avenues of support for each other and grief becomes even more of our common experience and language?
A native of Colorado, Cynthia Drake attended the College of Wooster in rural Ohio and earned a BA degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Anthropology. Post-graduation, she relocated to the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan to work at a non-profit, Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly, serving lonely and isolated elderly people with socialization programs.
During Cynthia’s 31-year career working and serving rural people, she has worked serving elderly people, at a local helpline, with sexual assault victims, as a volunteer with domestic violence victims, and with the local hospice program where she teamed in developing its first community grief support program. She is currently the Grief Counselor at Omega House, guiding a monthly support group and offering individual counseling. In addition she manages her business, Openings Life Coaching, working with people individually and in group retreats to reach their highest potential. Living in the UP, Cynthia is familiar with the challenges of rural living. She understands the importance of community building, one relationship at a time.