BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A new grief support center is being built in Baton Rouge to help those who are dealing with the death of a loved one.

“No one should ever have to grieve alone,” said the CEO of The Hospice of Baton Rouge Catherine Schendel.

The Hospice of Baton Rouge is building a new grief support center called The Retreat at Quarters Lake. The center will be a safe and calming space for children and adults to receive in counseling and alternative therapies like music and culinary.

Congressman Garret Graves says this program will help many people with coping.

“Voids are going to be filled in rather than allowing bad things or unhealthy things to fill that void. Being able to bring programs and bring people together that are professionals to make sure that those voids are filled with love, to make sure that they’re filled with peace, to make sure they’re filled with warmth, to make sure that they’re filled with Christ. I think it’s absolutely critical,” he said.

Schendel says the retreat will focus on instilling in the next generation that grief is normal and that asking for help should come without judgment.

“And nobody has to grieve alone. Want to make sure that children are getting learning coping skills and being able to articulate their feelings in a healthy way. I mean, the last thing we want is for them to turn to violence or drugs or alcohol, or suicide. We don’t need any more of that in our community,” she said.

The retreat is not only for people who have experienced death but also for mothers dealing with infertility, military families, and children with incarcerated parents. Schendel says The Retreat at Quarters Lake will open in 2024.