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Coping with Grief: Support Groups

Grief is a time when feelings of sadness and loneliness may be frightening and coping with practical matters may seem overwhelming. These feelings are a natural reaction to the loss of someone you love.  Family Hospice, part of UPMC Home Healthcare of Central Pennsylvania, offers several ways to support you during this difficult time.

Heartworks Grief Support Group

Heartworks Grief Support Group is a family-based support program for grieving children, teens and their families that offers support for:

  • Preschool
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Parent(s)/cargiver(s) of enrolled children/teens

Our program is designed to help families explore and express their feelings in a safe, supportive environment. Heartworks' specially trained facilitators help children and teens learn ways to cope with loss through art, play journaling, music and other modes of expression.

Groups meet twice a month on Tuesdays from September to May at UPMC Williamsport Divine Providence Campus, 3rd floor, 1100 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport.

Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting times are subject to change. 

This program is free, but pre-registration is required.

For more information on this program, please contact Linda Bryant at bryantl3@upmc.edu or 570-320-7691.  

Grief Support Groups

Have you experienced the death of a loved one? UPMC offers a safe and supportive environment to express and explore the many feelings that accompany loss and grief. 

Group meetings are held

  • Second, Third, and Fourth Wednesday of each month, 6 - 7:30 p.m, UPMC Williamsport Divine Providence Campus, 3rd floor.

Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, group meeting times are subject to change. 

For more information, please contact Ashley Stensland at 570-326-8952 or stenslandam@upmc.edu.

Memorial Services — Lycoming County

Two memorial services, one in the spring and one in the fall, are held in remembrance of loved ones who have died. Families are invited by mailed invitation to come together with our Hospice team to share loving memories and support for one another.

Personal Contact

Members of our Hospice team stay in touch with hospice family members by telephone and mail to offer support and care within the year following the loss of a loved one.

UPMC is dedicated to helping patients find hope and healing through grief support groups in Williamsport Pa., and the surrounding areas.