September 6, 2019
Heartworks Grief Support Program for Children, Teens Begins Sept. 10
Heartworks, UPMC Susquehanna’s free peer support program for grieving children, teens, and their families, is accepting registration for the 2019-20 school year. The program begins Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at UPMC Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Divine Providence Campus, 1100 Grampian Boulevard, Floor 3, and the group meets twice a month throughout the school year. Families can join at any time.
“Our lives today are so hurried, we often don’t allow ourselves time for the feelings we have when a loved one dies, for adjusting to the changes their absence brings and for simply remembering those who have died,” said Linda Bryant, Heartworks coordinator. “Our groups offer a safe and caring place for children, teens, and their families to have the support of others as they are going through similar losses.”
Heartworks' staff and trained volunteers provide a safe and caring environment where attendees may express their feelings and develop coping skills following the loss of a loved one. The Heartworks program uses art, play, music, discussion, and remembering to help children understand and work through their emotions. A light meal is served prior to the group meetings.