Welcome, and please make yourself at home. The Living Room is here to provide compassionate, supportive guidance and education for organizations and helping professionals struggling with compassion fatigue and burnout. If you are feeling lost, you came to the right place. Please explore our site and contact us for more information.
In 2006, my mother died. I was only 33 years old. That wasn't supposed to happen. My grief took over, and at that time I had no idea what grief was. I was unaware of how grief manifests itself at all. Sure, I experienced losses, but I definitely did not know how to cope with them. Going through this traumatic loss opened my eyes to how closed our society is regarding grief and loss. How little we talk about grief and how little we know about it. I had to do something to help others not experience the pain and confusion that I did. Since I was working in the veterinary field, I began my new journey by starting a pet loss support group called "Paws to Remember." After completing my Masters in Social Work, I began working with dying patients and their families through a local hospice. For close to five years I witnessed the devastation of loss and the intricacies of grief. I watched as people struggled with their grief, either not understanding it or not wanting to express it due to the continued societal inability to talk about grief and loss. What I was doing wasn't enough, and my passion to increase grief awareness and tolerance needed a home. It's through this passion that The Living Room was formed.
The Living Room is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to empower strength and hope and promote healthful grief healing and awareness to all members of the community. We are currently focusing on education and support regarding burnout/compassion fatigue/secondary trauma. Please call or email us for more information.
Melanie Pelc, Founder and President of The Living Room, lives in Tallahassee with her husband, son and menagerie of pets. She has years of experience working in the healthcare system providing support at end of life. In addition, she has dedicated her career to grief counseling, grief education, human and pet loss and facilitating support groups. Melanie is also an adjunct faculty member in the College of Social Work at Florida State University.
Promoting grief friendly and compassionate business practices for our community is important to us at The Living Room. Many employees experience loss, grief, burnout, compassion fatigue and/or secondary trauma just due to their day to day work. The Living Room can provide the much needed grief education and support that will not only help your employees, but will help your business thrive as well. Contact us for more information.
There is no shortcut in grief. The journey is essential. Follow your feelings, for as long as it takes, and you will find your way.