Grief Support Services
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Losing a loved one is difficult. Lehigh Valley Health Network’s bereavement services offer emotional, psychological and spiritual support through a variety of group and individual counseling options to help people cope with grief and loss.
For more information or to register for most of the programs listed below, call 610-402-7481. Unless otherwise noted, meetings take place at 2024 Lehigh St., Allentown, Pa.
Individual, family and couples counseling
This service provides bereaved family and friends the opportunity to get the individual attention they need to help transition through the grieving process. It also serves to support the family dynamic structures that may be impacted during this difficult time. Appointments are seen at our Hospice Offices: 2024 Lehigh Street, Allentown, PA 18103. Call (610) 402-7481 to make an appointment.
Community bereavement groups
COPING WITH GRIEF THE FIRST YEAR – The support of others who relate can be invaluable in the grieving process. This open-ended group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month. 11:30 am – 1 pm
COPING WITH GRIEF THE SECOND YEAR – Focusing on the ongoing reaction to grief beyond the first year, this open-ended group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. 11:30 am – 1 pm
To register, call (610) 402-7481. Meetings are held at 2024 Lehigh Street, Allentown, PA 18103.
Giving Sorrow Words
Along our journey through grief, there is nothing more powerful than having our thoughts and feelings validated and understood. This six week psycho-education support group meets multiple times throughout the year. This group is for adults 18 and older. To register, call (610) 402-7481. The group meets at 2024 Lehigh Street, Allentown, PA 18103.
Next Sessions: April 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 18, 2020 1:30-3:00pm
Stepping Stones for Children
This special group is a combination of education, arts, activities, and support designed to help facilitate healthy grieving with others of the same age who understand what they are going through. The groups will all meet together before breaking off into the following sections:
- Stepping Stones for Children – Ages 6 – 10. This group will learn age-appropriate concepts about death and dealing with grief based off of children’s books on the topics.
- Stepping Stones for Adolescents – Ages 11 – 14. This group provides adolescents with a safe environment where they can express their feelings through discussion, creative arts, and activities.
- Stepping Stones for Parents/Guardians – While the children are in group, the adults can learn grief management tools to use with their child.
Next Sessions: March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2020, 6:00-7:30 pm
To register, call (610) 402-7481. The group will meet at 2024 Lehigh Street, Allentown, PA 18103.
Spiritual focused Bereavement
Combining spirituality and the grieving process, this support group is conducted by our spiritual counselors and welcomes all religions.
This open-ended group meets the first Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This group is for adults 18 and older. To register, call (610) 402-7481. The group meets at 2024 Lehigh Street, Allentown, PA 18103.
Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group
This group supports those who have experienced a death through miscarriage, stillbirth or of an infant. Beginning in November 2016, the group meets the first Thursday of every month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the second Thursday from 6:00-7:30pm at 2024 Lehigh Street, Allentown, PA 18103. No registration is required. Contact Rhonda McMahon, LCSW, Bereavement Coordinator for more information, (610) 402-7481.
Brave Hearts Child Loss Group
This group is for those who have experienced the death of a child or grandchild at any age. This group is a community of Brave Hearts who have joined together to find strength and meaning through companionship. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. at 2024 Lehigh Street, Allentown, PA 18103. To register, call (610) 402-7481. December 2019 group meeting on Dec 17.
The Ladies Lunch Club
This is a supportive social club for women only. It serves as an alternative to traditional grief groups and provides you with a unique opportunity to heal and grow. The club meets the second Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hamilton Family Restaurant, 21st and Hamilton Streets, Allentown. To register, call (610) 402-7481.
Mens Breakfast Club
A supportive social group for men. Come to have some coffee, breakfast, and fellowship. The group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 9 - 10:30 am at the Hamilton Family Restaurant, 21st and Hamilton Streets, Allentown. To register, call (610) 402-7481.
NEW Group Offerings Coming in early 2020!
GRIEF AFTER SUBSTANCE ABUSE OR ADDICTION – A group for those in the community who have lost someone to substance abuse or addiction. Meets on the first Thursday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30.
MEMORIAL ART GROUP -- Join us and create a piece of art to honor your loved one. Led by a board-certified art therapist, this adult group requires no artistic ability! Meets the second Monday of each month from 6 – 7:30.
GRUPO DE APOYO AL DUELO EN ESPAÑOL (Spanish Grief Support Group) – Dirigida a todas las personas que han perdido a un ser querido y tienen dificultades en el proceso de duelo. Un tiempo para hablar, sentir, y recordar. Martes de 10:00-11:00 por 6 semanas. January 21 & 28 February 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2020.