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
This is an adult support group for those who could benefit from assistance in healthy coping with grief and loss. This group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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: September 9, 16, 23, 30 October 7, 14, 2019, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
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 – 15. 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: September 25, October 2, 9, 16, 2019, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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. 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.
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.
This one day program is filled with activities and play for children (ages 6-12) who have experienced a death loss and could benefit from a safe place to express their grief. Bereavement counselors and trained volunteers will be leading the group.
Date: June 1, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
For more information and to register, call (610) 402-7481.