Grief & Bereavement
Many people appreciate the fact that hospice care enables family and loved ones to participate throughout the experience and to get help from professionals in managing their own feelings and reactions to life-limiting illness. Value is recognized and advanced by many physicians and other health professionals. One focus is on the "prevention and relief of suffering among patients and families" through grief & bereavement services or counseling.
Whenever we face loss, we experience grief. Our reactions are unique and individual; none of us experience grief in the same way. Everyone's losses are different and individual – some may grieve a spouse, others a child, parent, sibling or friend. As we deal with the many feelings of grief, we encounter the painful reality of this loss in our lives, and we begin the difficult process of remaking our lives and redefining who we are without this person present to us.
Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care provides no cost support and guidance as you go through the process of grieving. There is no "right" way to grieve, so our nondenominational program is meant to offer options to help you and your specific needs.
Sometimes we just need to speak the thoughts, feelings, and searchings that are going on inside us. It's not that we are waiting for someone to tell us what to do, but rather that we just want to be heard and understood. Support groups offer "the gift of understanding" as members share their journeys. Support groups are open to members from the community at any time, no registration is required.
Our current support group meetings:
Newly Bereaved Support Group
Meets at the Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care office
502 VNA Road
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month from Noon to 1:30PM
This is an adult group open to anyone who has experienced a death within the past 12 months.
Good Grief Support Group
Meets at St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Fish Hill Road
Tannersville, PA 18372
2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 7PM
This is open to any adult who has experienced the death of a loved one at any time.
Note: Please call ahead in the case of inclement weather to confirm meeting(s).
Monthly Bereavement Newsletter
This letter provides connection to our staff, education about the process of grieving, and information about all our activities, groups, and programs.
The Current Bereavement Newsletter is Available, Click Here to Download It.
The Memory Bear Program
To help preserve the memory of your loved one, at your request we will have a "Memory Bear" made for you from one of your loved one's garments. Click here for more info.
Employers & Agencies Onsite
Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care provides on-site in-services & educational programs to organizations, employers and agencies on the topic of grief and bereavement as a public community service.
Hospice Journey – Share your journey with family and friends when you or someone you love is facing a life-limiting or terminal illness. Hospice Journey is a free private website that you can create in about 3 minutes. This is a place to engage in meaningful conversations, share updates, express your love, and "Share Your Journey".
All bereavement groups and programs sponsored by Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care are open to the public and are offered at no charge.
For further information regarding this or any event, please contact our Bereavement coordinator at (570) 421-5390.