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The new Niagara Grief Center will be inaugurated April 19 with a workshop at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

The center is a project of the Niagara Behavioral Healthcare Network, a Lockport-based group headed by Robyn L. Krueger. Many of the county's not-for-profit human services providers have collaborated on the effort.

The center, funded by a $20,000 federal grant awarded in 2003, is supposed to draw up plans for helping people deal with disasters ranging from sudden death of a loved one to a terrorist attack.

The daylong seminar will feature Grady P. Bray, a psychologist specializing in dealing with traumatic grief. Registration, which costs $20, can be arranged through the Niagara County Sheriff's Department Victim Assistance Unit. The center also has set up grief hotlines at 282-5432, 433-5432 and 692-8000.

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