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Local nonprofits collaborate to better serve the community in light of recent gun violence

(LOUISVILLE, KY) – In light of recent tragic events in West Louisville, Hosparus Health and the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA have partnered to open local counseling space that will provide grief services and bereavement education to the community. Hosparus Health’s Grief Counseling Center (GCC) has been a cornerstone for the organization which opened in 1978 and serves 41 counties in Kentucky and Indiana.

In alignment with its mission to enhance the quality of life, the organization is adding an additional layer of bereavement support for those affected by the tragic deaths that have occurred in our community. Services will be provided at the West Broadway Republic Bank Foundation YMCA as well as the Chestnut Street Family YMCA.

“As a leader in community health and wellness, the YMCA is committed to providing opportunities that help communities heal,” said Steve Tarver, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville. “While our hearts go out to the family and victims of senseless violence, we want to extend a helping hand to those still suffering in the aftermath.”

Although Hosparus has been in the planning phases to open a permanent West Louisville office next year, the organization, along with the YMCA, recognize there is an urgent need to have a safe place for individuals and families to work through their emotions and grief. The ability to offer these much-needed services is because of the generous donations from The Gheens Foundation, Brown-Forman Corporation, Norton Healthcare, and other individual donors. Next week, Hosparus will offer two special grief support sessions to the public.

David W. Cook, president and CEO at Hosparus Health, says “Grieving is as much a part of our lives as living and dying. Many of us, however, won’t seek help following a devastating loss. Hosparus Health continues to support anyone in the community, regardless of a previous engagement with our services. We are grateful for the generous donations that allow us to provide an additional layer of support for those who are suffering from grief and loss.”

The Hosparus Grief Counseling Center and YMCA invites the community to join together and create space for mutual affirmation and self-care while remembering those we have lost.

Those participating can engage in a variety of activities to express their thoughts and feelings and learn simple techniques for self-soothing. Refreshment is provided.

  • Tuesday, October 5th, 5:30p -7:30p at Chestnut YMCA in the 6th floor ballroom.
  • Wednesday, October 6th, 6:00p – 8:00p at West Broadway YMCA in the community room.

No registration necessary, interested individuals or families may arrive at the session start time at either location. Following the first two sessions, Hosparus will be available for continued support.

For questions regarding these services, contact the Hosparus Health Grief Counseling Center at 502-456-5451. To donate to Hosparus Health in support of these program offerings, visit



Since 1978, Hosparus Health, a fully accredited not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization, has provided medical care, grief counseling, symptom, and medication management and more for people facing serious and chronic illnesses in 41 counties in Kentucky and Indiana. Hosparus Health is one of the nation’s largest hospice and palliative care providers with over 600 employees and more than700 volunteers. In 2020, the organization cared for 9,300 patients and families. Visit for more information or call 800-264-0521.


The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The YMCA has been listening and responding to the needs of our communities for more than 165 years. The Y is dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities.



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