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DuPage County Board to fund coroner's deputy grief counseling classes

Published: Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 2:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 8:15 a.m. CDT

The DuPage County Board has allocated funds to train deputies in the DuPage County Coroner's Office in grief counseling, according to a news release from the county.

After poor experiences with two family deaths involving deputies of other counties' coroner offices, board member Tony Michelassi worked with DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen on the $2,500 initiative, the release said.

"In both cases, my relatives thought there was something missing with the way their local coroner's deputies handled the situation," Michelassi said. "Obviously these are scenes with extreme emotions and I thought it was important to give our DuPage deputy coroners the tools to help families manage their grief."

Jorgeson said that the initiative would allow for 10 employees to get training and that he welcomed the opportunity for his deputies to enhance their skills.

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