Grief support: Josh Tolentino

Sherri Clifford Alcorn is starting a grief support group, Selma Angels of Grief, in honor of her son, Josh Tolentino, who died in June 2014.

SELMA – It’s been three and a half years since Josh Tolentino died while riding his motorcycle. His mother, Sherri Clifford Alcorn, said that rather than deal with her grief alone, she wanted to help others deal with theirs. Alcon is starting a grief support group to let others know they’re not alone.

“I know there are a lot of people who are struggling with a loss,” Alcorn said. “I want them to know that they are not alone and for them to know there is no time limit on grieving the loss of a loved one.”

Selma Angels of Grief are meeting from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2172 E. Front St., Suite 108 in Selma. The mission is to share experience, strength and hope, Alcorn said. Meetings are scheduled for Jan. 20 and Jan. 27 at the same time and location. See their Facebook page at

Alcorn said for the first meeting Saturday, attendees may introduce themselves and are encouraged to share about their loved ones and bring pictures.

“Just a hug can help someone know they’re not alone. I want everyone to feel comfortable so they can cry if they want.”

Alcorn said she recalls her own son as a loving father.

“Josh was my first born. He was 28 and was married with a son and daughter. He was loving, caring and always there when you needed him. He died nine days before his 29th birthday.”

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