(WBIR, Maryville) - A Blount County organization that helps people through the grieving process is expanding.
Mane Support officially opened their new Grief Center in Maryville Wednesday morning.
The organization uses equine-assisted grief counseling to help children and adults who have experienced death or are anticipating the death of someone they know.
The program has been around for about seven years operating out of the same building where the horses are kept, but the executive director hopes the new grief center will allow them to expand their services.
"By opening the grief center what we hope is the expansion will create a tighter bond for partnerships in the community, but also to provide education and a resource place for people to come when they need to learn about how to help more people in the area of grief and loss," said Kim Henry, executive director of Mane Support.
Board members held a ceremonial ribbon cutting and gave tours of the new facility.