Thursday, December 22, 2011

State of the Heart to Offer Adult Grief Support Group

Marlene Black
After the Christmas holidays are over, winter with its gray days, sets in in earnest. While the dreary days are difficult for many, they are particularly bad for those who are missing a loved one and who are grieving. State of the Heart Hospice will conduct an Adult Grief Support Group from January 4 to February 8.

“Grieving is a natural part of our lives,” explained Marlene Black, bereavement specialist for State of the Heart. “And, each person grieves in their own way.” She facilitates the Adult Grief Support Group which will be held each Wednesday at two times: two to 4 p.m., or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the agency’s office, 1350 N. Broadway. The sessions are free and open to anyone who is experiencing grief and loss. A person does not have to have had experience with hospice care. Black explained that the agency is offering two different times in order to fit people’s schedules.

“People who have attended our grief support meetings come away with the realization that they are not alone in their grief, that others grieve just as they do. For many, this is helpful realizing this. People can be involved in the dialogue or can sit and listen. Those who have attended tell me they feel they have been helped and are better able to cope with their grief.”

State of the Heart Hospice, with offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland, cares for patients and families in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life-limiting illness. Grief support is an important part of the services provided by the not-for-profit.

It is necessary to register for the Adult Grief Support Group and you can do that by calling Marlene Black at 548-2999. For more information visit the agency web site at

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