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Grief Support


Family Hospice and Palliative Care, Part of UPMC Home Nursing Agency, 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 Home Nursing Agency 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. Call 1-800-445-6262 for more information.

Bedford County

Monthly on the last Tuesday of each month in 2018 (exception in December)
Jan. 30 | Feb. 27 | March 27 | April 24 | May 29 | June 26 | July 31 | Aug. 28 | Sept. 25 | Oct. 30 | Nov. 27 | Dec. 18
2:30 - 3:30 PM
HNA Bedford County Office, 227 Hospital Drive, Suite 7, Everett
Facilitated by Pastor John Bennett, Family Hospice Spiritual Counselor

Blair County

Six-week group on Thursday afternoons for six weeks beginning April 19, 2018*
April 19 | April 26 | May 3 | May 10 | May 17 | May 24 
2 - 3:30 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church (in the Lower Lounge), 408 North Sixth St., Altoona
Facilitated by Kelly Daughenbaugh, Family Hospice Social Worker
*Registration required: Please register by contacting Charlene Ebersole at (814) 947-7060 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cambria County

Six-week group series held in the spring and fall.

Centre County

First Wednesday of each month* (exception in July)
Jan. 3 | Feb. 7 | March 7 | April 4 | May 2 | June 6 | July 11 | Aug. 8 | Sept. 5 | Oct. 3 | Nov. 7 | Dec. 5
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

Six-week group series held in the spring and fall.

Mifflin County

Third Tuesday of each month (April - December 2018)
April 17 | May 15 | June 19 | July 17 | Aug. 21 Sept. 18 | Oct. 16 | Nov. 20 | Dec. 18
11 AM - Noon
HNA Mifflin County Office, 129 S. Main Street, Suite T, Lewistown
Facilitated by Family Hospice Social Worker Mark McLaren