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Bereavement Services Program

Hospice of the Sacred Heart provides Bereavement Support to the patient’s family members, caregivers, and friends for approximately one year after the death of the patient.

Since the grieving process is a normal response to loss, every effort is made by the Bereavement Team to offer opportunities for coping with this life changing family event. Because each of us shared a special connection with the deceased, our experience of this loss is as different and as unique as the relationship. It is impossible to predict our response to this absence.

Bereavement support groups meet on a regular basis. The Bereavement Program helps survivors to understand the grief process and to learn effective ways of coping with the emotional responses and the common feelings related to the loss of a loved one. Hospice staff members facilitate the bereavement support groups.

Center for Education (Moosic) This group meets on the second Sunday of the month from 2-3 pm. June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10 and December 8, 2013

Montrose Center. This group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 10:30-11:30 am. June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12 and December 10,2013.

Individual bereavement counseling is offered to patient’s family members, caregivers, and friends as needed.

Interfaith Memorial Service

Two Interfaith Memorial Services are held annually. The first Interfaith Memorial Service is held in spring to connect the season of renewed hope with the need for renewed hope that our deceased patient’s family members will be at peace, freed from their physical pain and suffering.

This years service will be held Monday, May 20, 2013 at Our Lady of the Snows Church, Clarks Summit at 6:00 pm.

The second Interfaith Memorial Service is held during the month of December. Since many major religions observe holy days at this time, the pastoral team endeavors to include those observances in an ecumenical way.

It is the goal of each of these sacred gatherings to bring some peace and consolation to our grieving family members, and in a tangible manner, to remember, honor and celebrate the lives of our deceased patients.

Dragonfly Program

The Dragonfly Program is especially designed for children and their parents. The main focus is teaching coping skills and furthering the parents’ ability to help their children.This is a six week grief education series for children ages 6 through 12 and their parents or guardians who have suffered a loss from the death of a loved one. This series is held on six consecutive Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 pm. Pre-registration is required.

The next session begins October 21 through November 25, 2013

The Dragonfly Program Reunion Party will be held Monday, June 17, 2013 at The Lands at Hillside Farms in Shavertown begining at 5:00 pm. Please RSVP by June 13,2013 to 570-706-2400.

"Life Has Changed" Grief Education Series

A six-week grief education series with the goal of helping participants begn to adjust to the loss of their partner. This series offers education and emotional support around the process of grief and mourning.Listed below are the locations, dates and times for this program.Pre-registration is required.

Center for Education (Moosic) from 6-7:30 pm on Thursdays. Next session begins September 5th and concludes October 10,2013

Montrose Center from 9-10:30 am on Tuesdays. Next session begins September 10th and concludes October 15,2013

Hospice of the Sacred Heart (Wilkes-Barre) from 9-10:30 am on Wednesdays. Next session begins Ocotber 16th and concludes November 20,2013

Finding Meaning in Loss

A discussion on making sense of loss and gathering strength from the experience. This program is open to anyone who has suffered a loss.

Center for Education (Moosic) on Thursday, Novenber 7,2013 at 6pm.

Holiday Hearts

A special, commemorative program for children anf their families who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Center for Education (Moosic) on Monday, December 9, 2013 from 5:30-7 pm.

Please contact us at 706-2400 for additional information about our ongoing programs.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is also committed to bringing bereavement support to members of our community. Even if your loved one was not a patient of ours, we can still offer the support for you and your family.