Friday, June 24, 2011

State of the Heart Hospice Schedules Support Meetings at Area Offices

In a continuation of regular monthly grief support meetings, State of the Heart Hospice has scheduled the agency’s July meeting which will feature the topic, “Recognize You Are Not Crazy.” The sessions are free and open to anyone who is dealing with grief issues, explained Marlene Black, bereavement specialist for the non-profit agency who leads the “Basic Bereavement” meetings.

“There are many aspects of grief,” she said. “By covering a variety of topics we will be able to provide help on particular issues that individuals may have.” Examples of some of the topics covered in the “Basic Bereavement” meetings are: Developing a support system; music and grief, and spirituality and grief.

The meetings are from 3 to 4 p.m. and will be held Monday, July 11 at the Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway; Tuesday, July 5 at the Coldwater office, 230 W. Main St., and Wednesday, July 6 at the Portland office, 1237 W. State Road 67.

“The meetings offer the opportunity for a person to express feelings about their grief and to hear from others who feel as they do,” Black said. “We have prepared the series of meetings on a variety of topics, realizing that some may prefer to attend particular sessions, depending on the topic.” In August, the sessions will cover “Developing a Support System.”

State of the Heart Hospice cares for families and patients confronting a life limiting illness. The non-profit agency cares for patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio. Bereavement support is an important part of State of the Heart’s community outreach. For more information about the “Basic Bereavement” meetings, call Marlene Black at 1-800-417-7535. Visit the web site at

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