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POSTED: August 23, 2010 12:03 p.m.
Betsy Kammerud joined Hospice Savannah’s Full Circle Center for Grief and Loss last year. Now, she said, she is delighted to bring her skills as a bereavement counselor to Liberty County. Each Wednesday afternoon, she will see children and adults in the education room at Liberty Regional Medical Center.
“I love Hinesville and the people of the rural counties,” she said. “They remind me of my grandmother.”
Kammerud said she was inspired to become a counselor by her grandmother, a plainspoken, hard-working teacher from Dresser, Wisc. “She was always working to make the world a better place. Both she and my parents strongly influenced my decision to become a social worker.”
Kammerud’s father is a United Methodist minister who works in underserved areas.
In 2006, Kammerud relocated to Savannah to become a social worker with Hospice Savannah. She spent almost three years traveling the roads of Liberty, Bryan and Long counties, visiting families and helping them through the tasks of preparing for end of life.
She said she has fond memories of sitting for hours with a patient who was a veteran, helping him write letters to his family.
“Everyone needs to do the work to say ‘thank you’, ‘I’m sorry,’ ‘I love you’ and ‘good bye.’ By writing these letters, he was able to give the gift of peace for himself and his family,” she said.
Anyone who is having a hard time coping with a death can call Kammerud to make an appointment. She is trained in counseling active and retired military members, children and adults. Full Circle’s counseling is a free community service of Hospice Savannah. Call 912-629-1097 or go to www.HospiceSavannahHelps.org.

 

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