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Grief, trauma help in wake of accident
Church where injured teens attended to hold discussion
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Coastal Community Christian Church will present a grief and trauma discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. at the church. Gina Roes, a mental health counselor with LifeChange Christian Counseling in Savannah, will lead the discussion. She has extensive experience in helping individuals cope with the aftermath of tragedy, including counseling people in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The discussion was scheduled to help the community process their emotions following the Feb. 14 automobile accident involving two members of the church’s youth group. Eric and Promise Costello were returning to the church from a restaurant across the street when they were struck by a car. They were taken to Memorial University Medical Center. Many of the other teens in the youth group witnessed the accident or were on the scene just seconds later.

“Our youth were traumatized by this terrible accident and we know many of Eric and Promise’s friends are hurting, as well,” said Mark Snavely, senior minister at Coastal Community Christian Church. “Through this discussion, we hope Gina can help us all understand what we are experiencing and learn how to cope with those emotions.”

The discussion is free and open to the public. Coastal Community Christian Church is located at 10770 Ford Ave. (Highway 144), about one mile east of Highway 17. For more information, call the church at 756-3455.

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