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. 

11/15/2022 The first annual Flashlight Egg Hunt will be held on Friday, March 31, 2023 (raindate: April 1) at the Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, PA. 

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. 

10/27/2022 One in 12 children in Pennsylvania will experience the death of a parent or sibling by age 18, according to the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (Judi’s House, 2022). While life seems to continue like normal for others, these “forgotten mourners” have had their lives forever changed. Join the Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program in showing support for these grieving children throughout the month of November for Children’s Grief Awareness Month. The Healing Patch invites the community to get involved by wearing blue on Children’s Grief Awareness Day, Nov. 17.


The joy of the holiday season can be marked by sadness for those with loved ones who have passed away. Remembering our loved ones and including them in our observances keeps them alive in our hearts and celebrates their legacy that continues to live on.

8/16/2022 Family Hospice, Part of UPMC, is offering free grief support options this fall at the UPMC Home Healthcare/Family Hospice offices throughout West Central Pennsylvania, as well as a virtual option for widows/widowers.

6/6/2022 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, October 8.

5/24/2022 Charlotte & Paul Pletcher of Osterburg held the winning number – 545 – for Home Nursing Agency Foundation’s Mercedes Moment fundraiser held on May 19.  

3/15/2022 According to the 2020 Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM), in Cambria County, one in 12 children will experience the death of a parent by age 18. That equates to 2,220 children. Out of 67 Pennsylvania counties, Cambria County has the second highest rate of children who will lose a parent by age 18. Behind this staggering statistic are real children who are struggling with difficult emotions like loneliness, fear, and anger. At the Healing Patch Children’s Grief Program, grieving children learn they are not alone and that hope and healing are possible. Learn about how to get involved as a volunteer at an Open House on Mon., April 11 from either 12-1 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. at the Cambria Healing Patch, 118 Ebony Rd., Ebensburg.