Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun March 29, 2015
PHOTO BY: Eilish Palmer

Kathy Kordsmeier, left, coordinator of Beacon of Hope Ministry through St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway, stands with Aprille Hanson, a volunteer. Hanson holds a photograph of her and her mother. Hanson’s mother died in March 2012 just days after her 47th birthday. Hanson found solace in the grief ministry and through one-on-one counseling sessions with Kordsmeier. The ministry is open to all, regardless of their religious affiliation, the women said.

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Conway grief ministry turns to social media with launch of Facebook page

Aprille Hanson of Conway didn’t think she could survive her mother dying — but she did, with the help of Beacon of Hope Ministry through St. Joseph Catholic Church. Hanson’s mother, Diane Oakland, had just celebrated her 47th birthday when she died March 25, 2012, of complications from lupus, an autoimmune disease. Hanson, who is 26, was 23 years old then. “I always told anybody, ‘If anything ever happens to Mama, you just need to lock ... READ MORE

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RIVER VALLEY OUTDOORS

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FLAVOR

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CALENDAR

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