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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 2:00pm-3:00 pm.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Montrose Center - This group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 10:30am-11:30am.

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


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 year's service date and locations - to be announced.

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.


A six-week grief education series 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 Wednesdays from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. Pre-registration is required.  Both sessions will be held at the Center for Education (Moosic) - The next session begins March 15th through April 19th, 2017.  Second session begins October 11 through November 15, 2017.


A one week day camp using the farm environment to help grieving children connect with peers also coping with loss.
Children learn to cope, share each other’s pain at Grief Camp at The Lands at Hillside Farms (July 31 - August 4, 2017, 8:30am-2:30pm)


Consider joining us for a brunch to honor and to remember our deceased mothers, who live on in our hearts.
Center for Education - Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 11am.


Loss of a Partner - A six-week grief education series with the goal of helping participants begin 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 6:00-7:30 pm on Thursdays. Next session begins February 23rd and concludes March 30th, 2017.  Session begins August 31st and concludes October 5th, 2017.

Montrose Center from 9:00-10:30 am on Tuesdays. Next session begins February 21st and concludes March 28th, 2017.  Session begins September 12th and concludes October 17th, 2017.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart (Wilkes-Barre) from 9:00-10:30 am on Wednesdays. Next session begins April 5th and concludes May 10th, 2017.  Session begins October 11th and concludes November 15th, 2017.

Loss of a Parent - A four-week grief education series is open to adults who have lost a parent and are looking for various ways to cope with the responses of this unique grief.  Activities completed are both group based and individual learning.  Listed below are the locations, dates and times for this program. Pre-registration is required.

Center for Education (Moosic) from 6:00-7:30 pm on Tuesdays. Next session begins March 14th and concludes April 4th, 2017.  Session begins November 7th and concludes November 28th, 2017.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart (Wilkes-Barre) from 10:00-11:30 am on Tuesdays. Next session begins April 18th and concludes May 9th, 2017.  Session begins October 3rd and concludes October 24th, 2017.


Our Remembrance Walk is symbolic of the journey taken when someone we love dies.  The Second Annual Walk will take place at McDade Park, Scranton, on September 20th, 2017.  It is our hope that families and friends will walk together using the time to remember their loved ones and recognizing that wherever they are on their journey through grief, they will have someone beside them.


A one-night workshop designed for beginner and advanced writers wishing to explore their thoughts and feelings related to the loss of their loved one through the art of writing.  Writing will be more journal based with prompts provided by the facilitator.

Center for Education (Moosic) from 6:00-7:00 pm - March 20, June 13, September 12 and December 5, 2017.


Participants will express feeling related to grief and loss through the medium of painting on an 11x14 canvas, to be taken home that evening and serve as a remembrance.  No artistic skill required, all materials will be provided.

Center for Education (Moosic) from 5:00-7:00 pm - January 26, May 9 and September 13, 2017.


A special, commemorative program for children and their families who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  The goal of this gathering is to memorialize loved ones, acknowledge feelings and create something symbolic for the holiday season to take home and use a remembrance.  Light refreshments will be served.

Center for Education (Moosic) on Monday, December 11, 2017 from 5:00-7:30 pm.

Please contact us at (570) 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.