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Dr. Phelps

Linda H. Phelps is director of the Grief Counseling Program at French Funerals and Cremations. She will direct the Grief Resource Center after remodeling is completed in October. (Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal)

Jul 11, 2016 – 

Nowhere is grief more palpable than at a funeral home, as families and friends say goodbye to loved ones. Of course, the grief doesn’t end when the funeral does, and that’s why French Funerals and Cremations is building a first-of-its-kind on-site Grief Resource Center staffed by a full time grief counselor.

Linda H. Phelps was brought in by French seven years ago as a grief counselor because, “the feedback from families was they wanted ongoing grief support after the funeral,” she said. French responded with an in-house grief counseling program, and Phelps provides up to three one-hour grief sessions to French families at no additional cost.

In an attempt to expand those services to the larger community, French is now building a Grief Resource Center at the rear of its funeral home property on University, north of Lomas. The center will be in a remodeled multi-bay garage building and construction should be complete by Oct. 1, said Phelps, who holds a doctorate in educational gerontology and is a licensed marriage family therapist.

Excerpt from Albuquerque Journal | by Rick Nathanson, Journal Staff Writer