Thursday, January 22, 2015

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 beginning Wednesday, February 4 for anyone in the community who needs help dealing with grief and loss.

The meetings will be held each Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the evening at the Greenville office, 1350 N. Broadway, The sessions, which are free, will continue each Wednesday evening through March 11. It is not necessary to have experienced hospice services.
“Adult grief support groups offer those experiencing grief to be with other people who feel as they do,” stated Meredith Carpe, a Licensed Social worker who is part of the State of the Heart bereavement staff and who will facilitate the group sessions. “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,” she added.

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 summer camp for children who are grieving called Camp BEARable. Camp this year will be July 17-19.

“Each person handles grief in their own way,” Carpe 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 1-800-417-7535 and ask for extension 545 to speak to a member of the bereavement staff to register. For more information about the services offered by State of the Heart, visit the web site at

Editor’s Note: Pictured is Meredith Carpe

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