Family Hospice Offers Fall Grief Support Groups
8/8/2023 Family Hospice, Part of UPMC, is offering free grief support options this fall throughout West Central Pennsylvania.
2023 Mercedes Moment Winner Announced
5/26/2023 Robert Brandt held the winning number – 791 – for Home Nursing Agency Foundation’s Mercedes Moment fundraiser held on May 25.
Decades Club Raffle Drawing and Evening of Dancing to Benefit the Healing Patch on Sept. 30
4/14/2023 Join us for an evening of prizes and music to benefit grieving children and their families! The Decades Club will be held at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona on Saturday, September 30.
A Special Thank You to Our Volunteers!
4/12/2023 April is Volunteer Recognition Month! We are grateful for the commitment of those who volunteer with the Healing Patch Children's Grief Program and Family Hospice.
Nicholas Foreman Memorial Benefit Raises Nearly $9,500 for Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program
3/21/2023 After losing her son Nicholas unexpectedly last March, Dena (Foreman) Karabinos wanted to honor his life and make a difference. The first annual Nicholas Foreman Memorial Benefit Pool Tournament on Feb. 11 at the Shovel Head Tavern in Cresson raised nearly $9,500 to benefit the Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program.
Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program to Host Free Training on Supporting Children after Overdose Loss
2/9/2023 As the number of families impacted by overdose death continues to grow, the Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program is hosting a free in-person training on how to support these grieving children and families on Tues., March 21 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the UPMC Home Healthcare office, 20 Sheraton Dr., Altoona. The training will include the National Alliance for Children’s Grief live webcast on “Supporting Children and Families Following an Overdose Death” with a Q&A to follow.
Healing Patch Supports Grieving Families through Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Grant
1/18/2023 Those dealing with the death of a loved one can find comfort and healing through connecting with others and sharing emotions and memories. The same is true for children who are mourning, and the Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program provides a safe environment for grieving children and their families to relate through creative activities.
Flashlight Egg Hunt to Benefit the Healing Patch
11/15/2022 The first annual Flashlight Egg Hunt will be held on Friday, March 31, 2023 at the Altoona Curve - Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, PA.
Healing Patch Receives Grief Reach Grant from the New York Life Foundation
11/10/2022 The Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program announced a $20,000 Grief Reach Grant from the New York Life Foundation, administered by the National Alliance for Children’s Grief, to ensure that school communities have information and dedicated bereavement resources to meet the needs of grieving children and their families. The Healing Patch provides in-school peer support groups for students who are not able to attend sessions at the centers in Altoona and Ebensburg. Additionally, the Healing Patch provides student and staff education to school districts in Bedford, Blair and Cambria counties.