Every person must cope with loss of a loved on his or her own terms.
The emotional upheaval these trying times can cause is sometimes so overwhelming that even the support of friends and family may not help relieve the amount of sadness and grief you feel.
At Musselman Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc. we recommend the following support groups:
GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. They have many email support groups. Their integrated approach to online grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues.
» Survivors of Suicide
An independently owned and operated web site and is in not associated with any specific group, organization or religious affiliation. The purpose of the Survivors Of Suicide web site is to help those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way. This Forum is dedicated to those who have lost a loved one to suicide and offers a safe place to share and discuss the feelings associated with such a loss.
» Lost To Addiction - Grief Support Gathering
Hosted by the Central PA Family Alliance. Losing someone close to you due to addiction/overdose can be devastating. For many, that loss is accompanied by feelings of sadness, depression, guilt, anger, confusion, shame, and isolation. CPFA is now holding grief support gatherings to connect with others who are experiencing a similar loss. The anonymous gatherings are held twice a month; the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 PM with refreshments provided.
» Highmark Caring Place Center for Grieving Children
A center for grieving children, adolescents, and their families. To join a support group, volunteer at the center or contribute financially, contact the center at (866) 613-4673. 3 Walnut Street, Suite 200, Lemoyne, PA 17043.
» Grief Share through Christian Life Assembly
Meets Thursdays at 7:00 PM. This group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Please contact, Tom Britton at 717-635-7224 or [email protected] with any questions. They are located at 2645 Lisburn Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
» Parental Loss Support Group
Through Aseracare Hospice meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The group offers hope and encouragement. Please contact, Mayann Casey at 717-541-4466 or [email protected] to register before attending. They are located at 75 South Houcks Road, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17109.
» Why The Butterfly?
Sponsored by The Michael Lynn Shatto Memorial Foundation, Inc. – An informal gathering of bereaved parents on the second Monday of the month Solidarity at 6:00 P.M. and Session at 6:30 P.M. 239 York Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. (717) 243-4666 www.mikeshattofoundation.com, [email protected]
» First Tuesdays Grief Gathering
Through Heartland Home Healthcare and Hospice meets in the Hospice Conference Room the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:00 PM. This group strives to help those who suffered a recent death in their family. They discuss the trials and tribulations one faces during this difficult time. They are located at 3417 Concord Road, York, PA 17402.
» Surviving Spouse Socials
Through Faith United Church of Christ meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM with various other speakers, programs, trips and dinner outings throughout the month. They have a $12 yearly fee plus any event expenses. Please contact 717-843-0796. They are located at 509 Pacific Avenue, York, PA 17404
Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month (third Tuesday in December). This is a perinatal bereavement support group for those who have experienced a pregnancy loss or newborn death. You are welcome to join, no matter where you are in your grief or how long it has been since your loss. You may choose to talk, or just listen. Some meetings include brief presentations, as well as time for sharing. Two registered nurses, who are perinatal bereavement counselors, will facilitate the meeting. There is no charge and no registration is required. Call 717-231-8900 for more information. They are located at the PinnacleHealth Community Campus in the 2nd floor conference rooms.
» Grief Share through Derry Presbyterian Church
Offers a 13 week series in January and June with varying days and times. This is a nondenominational Christian program that features bible teaching, small group discussion, video seminars led by renowned experts on the grieving process and a workbook to help participants explore topics in death. Please contact, Pastor Marie Buffaloe at 717-533-9667 ext. 103 or [email protected] for more information. They are located at 248 East Derry Road, Hershey, PA 17033.
» Compassionate Friends
Camp Hill Chapter is an informal self-help support group of bereaved parents and siblings. They meet the the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. Please call 717-731-0379 for more information. They are located at Church of the Good Shepard, 3435 Trindle Road, Camp Hill.
» Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Offers victim support services for anyone who has lost a loved one in an alcohol related crash. Contact 657-3911. 2323 Patton Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112.
HOSPICE OF CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA
Sponsors a number of bereavement programs.
Passages, a general grief support group for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Harmony, a program for young widows and widowers dealing with such issues as going back to work, single parenting, dating, etc.
Generations is a program for adults who have lost parents.
Bereavement Transitions is a support group for those who are grieving two or more years after the loss of a loved one.
They meet the first Thursday of the month from 3:00 to 4:30 PM.
There are two monthly social groups – Men’s Breakfast and Ladies Luncheon.
Growing Through Grief is a six week educational bereavement support series.
Newly Bereaved Series is a three week educational bereavement support series for the newly bereaved.
Holiday Bereavement Series call for information on dates.
For information and referral on these programs call 732-1000 and ask for a Bereavement Care Coordinator
Hospice of Central PA
1320 LInglestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17110
PINNACLE HEALTH HOSPICE – HARRISBURG AREA
1-800-889-1098 Pinnacle sponsors a number of bereavement programs. www.pinnaclehealth.org
Camp Koala: Any child aged 7-12, who has experienced the loss of a parent, primary caregiver or sibling is eligible to attend our Youth Camp Koala. Any teen 13-18 is invited to attend our Teen Camp. Applications are reviewed by our staff to ensure that camp is right for each child. Please submit your application early, as camp always fills up quickly. 19 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013. 717-258-1122. email: [email protected]
HeartStrings - Bereavement Support for Pregnancy Loss and Newborn Death:
HeartStrings is a group to provide support to families who are grieving the loss of their baby during pregnancy, at birth, or shortly after birth. You are welcomed to come no matter where you are in your grief or how long it has been since your loss. You may choose to talk or just listen. Some meetings include brief presentations as well as time for sharing. Two registered nurses who are perinatal bereavement counselors also attend the meetings. There is no fee to attend. Fourth Tuesday of the month (Except December–Third Tuesday of the month)
Rainbows: Pregnancy After Loss Support Group
Rainbows provides parent support to families who have had pregnancy losses and are considering becoming pregnant again, are currently pregnant, or have recently given birth. Rainbows meets on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Rehab Building at Pinnacle Health Community Campus, second floor Conference Room.
There is no registration required and no fee to attend these support groups. For more information, please contact: Marianne Allen (717) 782-5906 or Carole Brtalik (717) 221-6268.
The Walk to Remember occurs the first Sunday of October in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, 4855 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (near PinnacleHealth Community General Osteopathic Hospital). The cemetary is located 3 blocks from CGOH on the right side of Londonderry Road. This is a walk to honor and remember babies who have died during pregnancy or shortly after birth. For more information, please call the Perinatal Bereavement Program at (717) 782-5906.
» Center for Loss & Transition
A leading provider of information and inspiration in the areas of illness and dying, loss and grief, healthy caregiving, life transition, and spirituality.
» Growth House
An international gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life issues. Hypertext topic pages link to sites around the world. Links to hospice and home care, bereavement, death with dignity, AIDS, and related topics in life-threatening illness.
» National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.