Meet Donnie Blake, Lead Grief & Loss Counselor
Thursday, July 06, 2017 | Agape Staff
Agape Hospice recognizes that grief has no timetable and can take months and sometimes years to resolve. Because grief lasts as long as it takes, it is important for a person to adjust to life changes after a loss. Agape Hospice is committed to offering grief support for every family who has been involved with our hospice services as well as our out-reach bereavement programming for communities in which we serve.
As a part of this on-going effort, Agapé Hospice is pleased to announce Donald Blake, PhD, as our Lead Grief & Loss Counselor. Since joining Agapé in 2015, Donald Blake (Donnie) has served as our Grief Support Coordinator in Charleston SC.
Blake's’ devotion to grief counseling was fostered while working as a registered nurse in an ICU where he was often troubled about the lack of support families received as they struggled with grief following the loss of a loved one. That concern drove Blake to pursue a Doctorate in Biblical Counseling, specializing in grief and loss, from Cross Roads Christian University in 2003. His current experience includes 14 years as a pastoral care counselor, where he focused on grief and loss, while serving on staff with several churches and 8 years as a hospice grief and bereavement counselor.
Agape Hospice is steadfast in its determination to offer organized programing of emotional, psychosocial and spiritual support before and after a death to assist with issues related to grief, loss and adjustment. DeeDee Henderson, COO, recognized Blake, “As a uniquely qualified healthcare professional with the education, experience and expertise to support and understand those who want their life to be like it was before the death, before the grief."
“There is no right way to grieve. It is an individual process and although life continues after a loss it will never be the same. Having support, as grief is experienced, allows life adjustments after loss,” stated Theresa Younis, CEO, “Agape’s grief support services are available to families and friends through the year anniversary of the death of the patient. We are constantly seeking individuals who wish to give of their time and their talent to assist our grief support counselor with administrative duties."
Blake, along with his wife Deloris of 27 years, have a passion for helping people transition through difficult times. In addition to helping others cope with loss and grief, the couple started a ‘church outside the walls’. “Plunge Fellowship” is a grassroots group that serves the homeless and impoverished. Each month on the third Saturday, Blake opens the doors to the closet of gently used clothes along with providing food for approximately 700 North Charleston individuals in need.
Please join us in lending gratitude and support to Donnie Blake in this honorable endeavor.