About Us

We understand the pain and isolation of loss. The Consoling Place programs offer a safe haven for those grieving the loss of a loved one, and for their families. 

We believe:

  • broken people, in a broken world, will progress through their grief journey more effectively with support and guidance in a safe and nurturing environment
  • the experience of grief, with appropriate help and support, can become an opportunity for emotional, relational and spiritual growth
  • the challenge to heal and grow should be a choice, not a pressured expectation, knowing that every individual is unique and that the experience of grief is also unique 
  • services should be provided in a manner and an environment that reflects our own Christian values:  acceptance, openness, kindness, compassion and respect

Our team is comprised of volunteers who are passionate about our mission:

Meet Our Team

Ross A. Collins, M.S. LPC

"In my practice, I have seen a variety of responses from people who found their lives shattered by either sudden or prolonged loss. The common theme throughout the experience of grief is that the isolation is intense and that we need each other to try to make some sense of it, to grow through it, and to get to the other side of it. That is precisely what the role of the Consoling Place is: to provide the safe place to do the work of healing that we all must face.

rossRoss A. Collins is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 33 years of experience in helping hurting people. He has provided care and conducted seminars and retreats for people in hospital, educational, church and outpatient settings.   Ross is often asked to speak on a wide range of topics and travels extensively to do so.   His private practice is located in Greenville, Powdersville, and Clemson, SC.

Ross appreciates being part of a team of caring professionals that desires to make a difference by providing respectful and meaningful opportunities to grieve at a time of deep vulnerability and spiritual loss.

Ross is a son, a husband, a father and a counselor. He is a member of Clemson Presbyterian Church, and is actively involved in the community, serving in leadership and ministry endeavors.  Originally from New England, Ross has called the upstate home for the past 23 years. He enjoys time with his family, volunteering with the church mercy ministry, yearly sabbatical travels abroad, and experiencing anything related to the outdoors.


Linda Hopson, MSW, LISW-CP

"My experience in hospice has taught me that bereavement services that are currently available are woefully limited and inadequate to meet the long term suffering and adjustment needs of those in grief.  It is my hope and prayer that The Consoling Place will fill the gap from acute loss through substantial healing."

LindaLinda is a licensed social work with a broad background in state social services, community mental health, adoption services and private practice during the last 30 years.  

Linda felt drawn to the field of hospice care and, for the past 7 years, has served as a medical social worker at Amedisys Hospice in Greenville, SC.  Through her work in this field, Linda has recognized the overwhelming need for bereavement follow up with families who have lost loved ones.  She has been involved in facilitating grief support groups, programs, and camps designed to provide help and support for those in struggling with grief. 

Linda earned a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Covenant College, GA.  She and her husband George have enjoyed 40+ years of marriage.  They are actively involved in their church, Woodruff Road Presbyterian in Greenville, where George serves as an elder.  They have 2 daughters, now living in VA and AL, and 6 wonderful grandchildren.


Norman McGee

NormanA native of Savannah, Georgia and father of five.  I am the Academic Program Advisor (director emeritus) of the Clemson University Outdoor Lab. The Outdoor Lab (on Lake Hartwell near Pendleton, SC) is a retreat center and residential camp for children, teenagers and adults with various disabilities. I left the practice of law in 1987 to become a full-time director along with my wife- who I met while working at a Young Life camp. We remain active Young Life volunteers. Fast approaching 40 years of marriage, we enjoy life, teenagers and doing anything outdoors.





Chris Peters

ChrisChris retired in 2011 after a 30-year career in education. He is a former 4th grade teacher (Westminster Elementary) and served for 28 years on the faculty of Clemson University's Eugene T. Moore School of Education. At Clemson Chris taught instructional technology classes for teachers and directed the South Carolina Center of Excellence for Instructional Technology Training.

In retirement Chris volunteers as a tutor at one of South Carolina's maximum security prisons and works part time as a consultant to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). He is also an enthusiastic, if underskilled, member of the Greenville Woodworkers Guild. He serves the Consoling Place as webmaster and technology resource coordinator. He and his wife Alice have been married for 27 years and have two grown daughters. They are long-time members of Clemson Presbyterian Church, and enjoy traveling, planning to travel, and remembering past trips.




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