‘Living after losing’

For the Daily Journal

ROCKINGHAM — Connections Family Support Program is hosting guest speaker Debbie Spears on Thursday, May 4 at First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall located at 410 E. Washington St. in Rockingham from noon to 2 p.m.

She will be speaking about what led her decision to start an “encouragement” group called Living after Losing. She had experienced several life changing events over the years, but nothing could have prepared her for what was about to happen on July 9, 2011 at 2:31 p.m. A sudden and horrific car accident changed the life of this happily married mother of 22 years and the lives of her three sons forever.

Debbie Spears lives and works in Richmond County as an elementary school teacher. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in elementary education. She understands and knows that grief and loss in life is inevitable, but the question is, how do we handle the difficult times and move forward to living after losing.

Spears’ desire is to share “real” strategies with others that she has actively used to help her minute-by-minute and day-by-day to reach the point where there is hope in living after one has suffered tremendous loss in life.

Families, community members, providers and professionals are encouraged to attend this special event. Space is limited and the deadline to register is May 2. Lunch will be provided at no charge.

Connections Family Support Program is funded by Sandhills Center in collaboration with National Alliance on Mental Illness in North Carolina. To register for this event, please contact Suzanne Maness toll free at 877-211-5995 or by email at connectionsfsp@gmail.com.

For the Daily Journal

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