Grief Support

Resources

Family Hospice, Part of UPMC, is committed to helping people cope with grief. The following resources may be helpful for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one:

The Healing Patch provides support for grieving children and their families. Click here for more information about the Healing Patch and to access resources for grieving children.

Grief Support Groups

Family Hospice offers Grief Support Groups for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Grief can be very painful and difficult at times, and we invite you to come and join us as we share our thoughts, express our feelings and discuss how we can work through the grieving process.

Groups are offered throughout our service area at different times of the year. Many areas hold groups in six-week sessions in the spring and fall, and other areas offer a group monthly. Anyone from the community is invited to attend the Grief Support Group at no charge.

Registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Charlene Ebersole at 814-947-7060.

 

*All Grief Support Groups have been temporarily suspended in the interest of family members and staff due to COVID-19.

Bedford County

Monthly on the last Tuesday of each month in 2020
Jan. 28 | Feb. 25 | March 31 | April 28 | May 26 | June 30 | July 28 | Aug. 25 | Sept. 29 | Oct. 27 | Nov. 24 | Dec. 29
2:30 - 4 PM
ACTS Church, 169 Bedford Plaza Road, Bedford
Facilitated by Pastor John Bennett, Family Hospice Spiritual Counselor

Blair County

Weekly on Wednesday afternoons for six weeks
March 25 | April 1 | April 8 | April 15 | April 22 | April 29
2 - 3:30 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church (Lower Lounge), 408 North 6th Street, Altoona
Facilitated by Family Hospice Social Worker Kelly Cherry

Cambria County

Groups scheduled in the spring and fall. 

Centre County

For Newly Bereaved (loss of loved one within the previous year)
Monthly on the second Thursday of each month in 2020*
Jan. 9 | Feb. 13 | March 12 | April 9 | May 14 | June 11 | July 9 | Aug. 13 | Sept. 10 | Oct. 8 | Nov. 12 | Dec. 10

2 - 3:30 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2221 North Oak Lane, State College
Facilitated by Family Hospice Social Worker Judy Lankes

Monthly on the first Thursday of each month in 2020*
Jan. 2 | Feb. 6 | March 5 | April 2 | May 7 | June 4 | July 2 | Aug. 6 | Sept. 3 | Oct. 1 | Nov. 5 | Dec. 3
2 - 3:30 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church, 2221 North Oak Lane, State College
Facilitated by Family Hospice Social Worker Judy Lankes

*Exceptions: Group will not be held on holidays or in inclement weather (following State College School District for delays and cancellations).

Huntingdon County

Groups scheduled in the spring and fall. 

Mifflin County

Groups scheduled in the spring and fall.