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MetLife provides grief counseling resources for comfort and support

CLEVELAND, July 16 — Facing a loss is never easy, and how you cope and grieve is very personal. No matter the circumstances, whether it’s a death, an illness, a divorce, or even a child leaving home, there are resources that can help.

BLET members covered by the MetLife Group Term Life portion of the Railroad Employees National Health and Welfare Plan (GA-23000) and the NRC/UTU Health and Welfare Plan (GA- 690100) are hereby advised that they are eligible for free Grief Counseling provided by Harris, Rothenberg International (HRI), Inc. Dependents and beneficiaries are also covered for this service at no extra cost. It is valuable, confidential support that can provide the comfort and guidance you need at the most difficult of times.

Simply call a dedicated 24/7 toll-free number, 1-855-609-9989, to speak with a licensed professional counselor experienced in helping people who have suffered a loss. The plan covers up to five confidential counseling sessions per event. Sessions can either take place in-person, because meeting face-to-face may provide a personalized experience if you so desire, or by phone if you prefer. The choice is yours depending upon your preference.

If further assistance is desired, the counselor will help you access services that are appropriate to your situation, preferences, finances and health insurance coverage.

You might call to discuss any situation you perceive as a major loss, including:

• Death of a loved one
• Divorce
• Receiving a serious medical diagnosis
• Losing a pet

More information is also available online. You can also log on to griefcounseling.harrisrothenberg.net/default.aspx (username: MetLife; password: grief) to contact a counselor or access helpful grief-related information and resources.

Additional assistance from research specialists is also available at the same toll-free number at no cost. These specialists can refer services and providers as well as offer additional information that you may find helpful. They can help you:

• Locate local funeral homes and identify monument vendors;
• Locate back-up care for children or older adults;
• Find specific types of support groups, e.g., children who have lost parents, survivors of suicide, dealing with grief, etc…; and
• Find storage facilities, estate sale planners and charities that pick up donations

They can also provide information on important tasks such as notifying the Social Security Administration or the Railroad Retirement Board, as well as banks and utilities.

For more information, call 1-855-609-9989 or log on to griefcounseling.harrisrothenberg.net/default.aspx
(Username: MetLife Password: grief). You may also download and share this flyer from MetLife.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
bentley@ble-t.org

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