I recently got an email from a priest in the Episcopal church named Domenic Ciannella. He contacted me because he was interested in being featured in the Springfield Republican’s Voices of the Valley feature in the Monday Business section. Domenic’s business is focused on helping people with their grief journey, and that, of course, resonated for me.
Domenic sent me an interview he did with Robert Henderson, a pastoral counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist in Glastonbury, Connecticut. I thought it might be of interest to you readers.
His profile will also be featured in The Republican, conveniently on this very day, so be sure to take a look at that in today’s Monday Business tab; we’ll post the live link when it goes up on MassLive.
Robert Henderson: You recently have opened the Acorn Pastoral Care Services here in West Springfield. What are your intentions?
Domenic Ciannella: My opening of Acorn Pastoral Care Services coincides with my decision to retire from my position as hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator with Wing Hospice and concentrate on developing my private grief counseling practice.
RH: What have you noticed in your work at Wing?
DC: I have been amazed by the courage shown by those who are struggling with making sense of their loss, especially given that our culture often denies the reality of death and loss. Consequently, those who grieve all too often find themselves isolated.
RH: How can grief counseling help?
DC: Given the opportunity to share themselves without being judged or compared, people often discover a freedom to befriend their grief and be transformed.
RH: Do you deal with loss other than death?
DC: Yes, there is grief associated with all of life transitions, such as divorce and job loss. I will provide a safe and supportive place to work through the difficult feelings.
RH: How can people get in touch with you?
DC:I may be reached by phone at (413) 739-1918 or by
email at email@example.com.