Thursday, August 27, 2015

State of the Heart Hospice To Offer Adult Grief Group Support in Portland

Those who have lost a loved one often find it difficult to continue the day to day routine that they used to enjoy. Often, those who are grieving feel alone and isolated in their grief. To help those who are grieving, State of the Heart Hospice will offer an Adult Grief Support Group beginning Wednesday, September 16th and continuing each Wednesday through October 21st at the agency’s Portland office, 1237 W. State Road 67. The sessions are free and open to anyone, regardless of association with hospice care.

“The Grief Support Groups are helpful to those who have lost a loved one and are experiencing grief that goes with that loss,” explained Meredith Carpe, a Licensed Social Worker who has conducted previous grief support groups. She and Hospice volunteer Carol Gebert with the Portland office will guide the group sessions. State of the Heart has offices in Portland, Greenville and Coldwater. The Adult Grief Support Group will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“The one comment that we hear consistently from those attending the sessions is that they find comfort learning that they are not the only ones experiencing grief and feelings of loss,” Carpe said. “Once they find out that others feel as they do, they begin to open up about their feelings. It is healthy to acknowledge grief and realize it is a natural part of life when you lose someone you love.”

Bereavement support for adults and children is an important part of the services provided by State of the Heart. All bereavement support is free, including the Grief Support Groups. State of the Heart provides bereavement support to anyone in the communities the agency serves, regardless of association with hospice care. The agency cares for families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness.

To find out more about the Grief Support Group in Portland, to register to attend, or learn about any of the bereavement services offered by State of the Heart, call 1-800-417-7535 and ask to speak with a member of the bereavement staff. Visit the agency web site at

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