State grief support director speaks
by Rachel Davis
Apr 10, 2013 | 798 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SUMITON — Larry Michael, executive director of Alabama Grief Support Service, spoke to the East Walker Chamber of Commerce members on Tuesday at Lee’s Restaurant.

He discussed common myths about grief and mourning, including the idea that the two terms are interchangable.

“Grief and mourning are two different things,” Michael said. “Grief is what you experience inside, emotionally. All your thoughts and feelings, that is grief. Mourning is expressing it outwardly.”

He also discussed the myth that there is a predictable progression for grief, that everyone experiences it the same, that the goal is to get over the grief or avoid it and that tears are just a sign of weakness.

The East Walker Grief Support group meets every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. at the Sumiton Community Center. The group focuses mainly on individuals who have lost spouses.

For more information on grief support services in the state, visit

In other business:

•The East Walker Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet will be held on April 22 at Lee’s Restaurant in Sumiton. The speaker will be Joe Paul Holley and he will be discussing notable Walker Countians. Tickets are $25 per seat or $125 for a table of six and include a buffet plate and drink. Contact the Chamber at (205) 255-0202 to purchase tickets.

•The next East Walker Chamber Meet and Greet will be held May 21 at Cordova from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

•The Dora Neighborhood Watch will host an informational session on dealing with workplace and school violence on April 16 at 6:30 at the Dora Civic Center. This meeting is open to the public.

•The Sumiton-area Business Alliance will host its next meeting at the Sumiton Community Center on June 6 at 6 p.m. The topic will be CPR and using automated external defibrillators.