For each person there is a different pattern of grief. But all of use experience similar feelings and emotions. Windber Hospice Bereavement Care Services will help you become more aware of what you are going through. It will also help you understand what you may experience as your grieve the loss of a loved one.

Our follow-up care can help you learn how to overcome feelings of grief:
  • By making available a trusted and compassionate person who can listen to your concerns
  • By providing education about the grieving process and the emotions that you may expect during your period of bereavement.
  • By teaching new ways to cope with the stress of loss and grief.
  • By providing help in becoming involved in a new life - seeking out new support persons, groups and activities.
  • By simply knowing that someone is available in your time of need.

When you visit, our services will encourage you to:

  • Share your thoughts and feelings aloud. This can often help you gain a better perspective on the meaning and effects of your loss.
  • Express painful feelings, such as anger, despair or guilt, as a way to reduce their intensity.
  • Reminisce about loved ones, which will help you to have a better perspective on relationship you shared together.
  • Discuss with someone the changes you are experiencing in your life, which may ease the transition to a new beginning.

We hope you will take advantage of some, or all, of the following support groups that we offer:

  • Individual Counseling - Through home or telephone visits with a Hospice Bereavement Care volunteer or Hospice Social Worker.
  • Social Support Group - Through attendance at gatherings of family and friends, church, clubs, or Hospice Care Sessions.
  • Self Help - Through participating in the Self-Help Correspondence for the bereaved, which you will receive on a monthly basis.

The Next Step Program

The Next Step Program provides information that helps individuals and families learn how to develop essential life skills after the loss of a loved one.

Second Tuesday of each month

3:30-5:00 p.m.

The Caring Group

The Caring Group gives individuals and families a chance to gather, socialize and share their problems and concerns with one another.

Last Tuesday of each month

3:30-5:00 p.m.   &    6:30-8:00 p.m.

For additional information on support services call (814) 467-3434.