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Bereavement Services Program

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.

We provide bereavement support to our patient’s family members, caregivers, and friends for thirteen months after the death of the patient. 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 support for you and your family.

Programs occur at different times during the year and at various locations throughout our service area. No charges or fees are associated with the programs listed below, however, some may require pre-registration and there may be a limit on the number of participants. We encourage you to call 570-344-9027 and speak with a member of our Bereavement Team to learn more about the programs offered.

2018 Bereavement Schedule from January to June

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS
Support Groups meet on a regular basis and may help survivors to understand the grief process, learn effective ways of coping with the emotional responses and the common feelings related to the loss of a loved one.  This program does not require any pre-registration. Hospice staff members facilitate the bereavement support groups.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education
340 Montage Mountain Road in Moosic
This group meets on the second Sunday of the month from 2:00pm-3:00 pm.

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

INTERFAITH MEMORIAL SERVICE
Two Interfaith Memorial Services are held annually.  The first Interfaith Memorial Service takes place 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, free from their physical pain and suffering.  The second Interfaith Memorial Service is held prior to the Holiday Season.

Our services are ecumenical in nature and endeavor to include observances of all faiths. The goal of each of these sacred gatherings is 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.

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

DRAGONFLY PROGRAM
Dragonfly is a six-week grief education series especially designed for children ages 6 through 12 and their parents or guardians who have suffered a loss from the death of a loved one.  The main focus is teaching coping skills and furthering the parents’ ability to help their children.

This series is held on six consecutive Wednesdays at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education,
340 Montage Mountain Road in Moosic, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm.

The next session begins March 14, 2018 through April 18, 2018.  Pre-registration is required.

CAMP HEALING HEARTS

Camp Healing HEARTS uses a day camp experience to provide grief education to children, ages 8-14, who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  Children will work with trained bereavement counselors and community members versed in the arts to help progress towards the acceptance of loss utilizing different art forms as a means of self-expression.

The camp is held for 5 days at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education, 340 Montage Mountain Road in Moosic, from 8:30AM to 2:00PM.

This year’s session begins August 13, 2018 through August 17, 2018. Pre-registration is required.

“HONORING & REMEMBERING MOM” BRUNCH
Consider joining us for a brunch to honor and to remember our deceased mothers, who live on in our hearts.

The brunch is held at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education, 340 Montage Mountain Road in Moosic, beginning at 11:00AM on May 12, 2018.  Pre-registration is required.

"LIFE HAS CHANGED" GRIEF EDUCATION SERIES
Loss of a Spouse/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. Dates and locations are listed below.  Pre-registration is required.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education
340 Montage Mountain Road in Moosic
February 22, 2018 to March 29, 2018
6:00PM - 7:30PM

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
276 Church Street in Montrose
February 13, 2018 to March 20, 2018
9:00AM - 10:30AM

Hospice of the Sacred Heart Main Office
600 Baltimore Drive in Wilkes-Barre
April 4, 2018 to May 9, 2018
9:00AM - 10:30AM

"LIFE HAS CHANGED" GRIEF EDUCATION SERIES
Loss of a Parent
A four-week grief education series 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 individualized learning. Dates and locations are listed below. Pre-registration is required.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education
340 Montage Mountain Road in Moosic
April 17, 2018 to May 8, 2018
6:00PM - 7:30PM

REMEMBRANCE WALK
Our Remembrance Walk is symbolic of the journey taken when someone we love dies.  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.  The Third Annual Walk will take place this Fall at McDade Park in Scranton.

WRITING WORKSHOP
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.  Pre-registration is required.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education
340 Montage Mountain Road in Moosic
March 6, 2018
June 12, 2018
5:00PM -  6:00PM

PAINTING WORKSHOP
Participants will express feelings 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. Pre-registration is required. Dates and times to be announced.

HOLIDAY HEARTS
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.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart Center for Education
340 Montage Mountain Road in Moosic
December 10, 2018
5:00PM

Individualized bereavement support is also available to patient’s family members, caregivers, and friends as well as to members of our community.  Please call our Center for Education, at 570-344-9027, if you have any questions about this or any of the programs listed above.