LONGVIEW, Wash., October 13— Community Home Health & Hospice (Community) welcomes Annanissa Patterson as its new bereavement coordinator. Patterson facilitates Community’s free grief support groups, oversees individual counseling, and plans grief group events including potlucks, holiday dinners and youth retreats. She also does community outreach including giving presentations and participating in community events.
Patterson has more than 12 years of grief experience. Her passion for grief counseling began with her work at a women’s shelter where the most challenging part of her job was helping domestic violence victims overcome their sense of grief and loss.
She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at Saint Martin’s University in Lacy, Wash. Previously, she studied at Lower Columbia College in Longview, and Washington State University in Vancouver.