TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green is forming what's called a C.A.R.E. Team of volunteers made up of social workers, counselors, ministers and even lay people.
These individuals from all different backgrounds will be available to families when the coroner is called out.
This would be the case especially in situations where a death is unexpected.
Green said, "They would come in and help with whatever the needs. It might be helping answer phone calls, answering questions about the process, helping make funeral arrangements, or just stay with them until someone else can get there."
Green got the idea during a national conference held earlier this summer.
The volunteers would step in when Green is unavailable to do so.
Green said, "I'm either going to help transport the body or go make arrangements for autopsies. I also may have to do other things to get the investigation going. I feel guilty having to leave these families. This person would come in and help fill the gap."
The coroner hopes to get volunteers of all races, cultures and religious denominations to take part in the program.
The volunteers would receive training from Green and also those trained in grief counseling.
Because death situations differ each one would dictate whether the volunteers would be called on or not.
Green said, "The may involve the loss of a child, where they're facing the shock of the loss in itself, and then not knowing the next step. They haven't been through the process of planning a funeral. When it is a crime there are resources out there. We would put them in contact with those resources."
Green hopes to get the care team started soon.
The C.A.R.E. Team stands for Community Awareness Response Education.
If you're interested in learning more or to volunteer, call the coroner at 662-687-1852.
You can also email her at email@example.com