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LCFH Adds Children’s Grief Counselor

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Kristen Rudy, ATR, NCC, LPC, has joined Lower Cape Fear Hospice as a children’s bereavement counselor for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties. In this role, Rudy will provide family grief counseling, specializing in grief counseling for young people.

Rudy earned her undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois; and in 2007 her graduate degree from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She is originally from southern Illinois and moved to southeastern North Carolina in 2008.

“I feel blessed to be a member of Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s bereavement team, and I am excited about taking on this newly created position,” Rudy said. “I think there’s a need for specialized children’s and youth grief counseling, especially in rural counties. I look forward to working with the Sunrise Kids program, which offers free family day camps to residents of Bladen, Brunswick, and Columbus counties, and to expand LCFH’s children’s grief counseling program into the community and schools to increase accessibility of services.”

Rudy is also a registered art therapist.

“Art therapy is a good tool to help children and youth express their thoughts and feelings through creative expression,” Rudy said.

LCFH offers free one-on-one grief counseling, grief groups and programs in throughout its service area. For more information about grief counseling and programs, call 796-7991.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit agency that provides healthcare and comfort to people with advanced illnesses; support and counseling to families; and education to the community in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender counties in North Carolina, and Horry County in South Carolina. For more information, visit or