Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hospice Schedules Grief Support Group

Many people struggle with the long gray days of winter, but for those dealing with grief, those days can seem even darker. State of the Heart Hospice has scheduled adult grief support group sessions in January and February for anyone in the community who needs help dealing with grief and loss.

The meetings will be held each Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm. at the Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway, The sessions, which are free, begin Wednesday, January 9 and continue through February 13.

“The adult grief support groups offer those experiencing grief to be with other people who feel as they do,” stated Marlene Black, bereavement specialist for State of the Heart and group leader. “People have the opportunity to talk about their grief and feelings of loss. They realize they are not the only ones feeling as they do.”

Bereavement support is an important service provided by State of the Heart Hospice. The non-profit agency offers grief support to adults and children.
State of the Heart also offers a camp for children who are grieving called Camp BEARable.

“Each person handles grief in their own way,” Black explained. “Those who have attended grief support groups in the past say they have found the sessions to be helpful and valuable to them. Many of those who have attended have formed friendships and now have someone they can call who understands their feelings of grief and loss.”

State of the Heart has offices in Greenville, Coldwater and Portland. The agency cares for families and patients in eastern Indiana and western Ohio who are confronting a life limiting illness. It is necessary to register for the grief support groups. Call Marlene Black at 1-800-417-7535 to register. For more information about the services offered by State of the Heart, visit the web site at

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