Community counseling sessions are planned next week to help people cope with the death of well-known Davidson pet sitter Janet McFadden.
McFadden died when she and a dog she was walking were hit by a garbage truck as they tried to cross in the 200 block of South Main Street in downtown Davidson April 1.
Jeffery Wilburn, 38, of Rock Hill, the driver for Republic Services of Charlotte, was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.
Davidson LifeLine, the town of Davidson and Carolinas HealthCare System have arranged two sessions for downtown Davidson business workers and one for the general public. The sessions are called “Community Response: Coping with a Neighborhood Tragedy.”
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Sessions for downtown Davidson business employees are scheduled for 8:30-10 a.m. Monday at Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse, 215 S. Main St., and 8:30-10 a.m. Tuesday at J.J. Wade & Associates, 212 S. Main St.
For the first 30 minutes, a local mental health professional will discuss grief, trauma and coping methods. For the second 30 minutes, participants will break into small discussion groups facilitated by mental health professionals. Resources for private counseling will be distributed.
The final 30 minutes will be for mingling and individual questions and answers with the mental health professionals.
A session for the general public is planned for 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House, 208 Concord Road. The session will include a panel discussion with a mental health professional, a clergy member and a close friend of McFadden.
The panel discussion will be followed by a short question-and-answer session and a small group break-out session facilitated by mental health professionals.